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Salmon fly fishing

August:  My favorite month for fishing – Salmon is starting to settle in the pools – Afternoon turning into evening – Winters waiting in the hills.

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The Waddington Shank – An ace in your hand

Waddington Garry dog salmon flyThe Waddington shank is a hook design made by late British angler Mr. Richard Waddington in the 1950´s – The Waddington Shank is a lure system made of parallel wires with a hook hinged at the rear. Mr. Waddington designed this system to give anglers an opportunity to make large flies that would sit well in the water and not instigate problems with leverage when hooking up with fish – Problems with leverage was certainly an issue with anglers before the 1950´s Where anglers would use big single hooks – as big as 10/0 and even bigger!  – read more

Don’t miss out on the action – Tie on a Waddington shank

Salmon fly Garry dog tied on waddington shank

Late season salmon caught on big 1 ¾ inch Black & Orange Waddington Shank

Many anglers will avoid the Waddington Shanks simply because they find the setup a bit to intricate – that´s a shame as the Waddington Shank offers the river angler yet another instrument to fish salmon or trout, and the fly tied on a Waddington Shank will behave differenty from tube flies or conventional flies – Personally I would not want to part with my range of Waddington Shanks during a salmon season

Waddington shanks size

Size scale for Waddington Shanks

The size scale for tube flies and Waddington Shanks does not follow the hook system, and size is often given in inches. I will in the following try to show this scale in a way that might give you an idea on the different physical aspects and how you might make comparisons with a normal hook size

 Waddington shanks size

NB. Mustad 80500 BL Used as example (* is not made bigger than 5/0)

Rigging a Waddington Shank

  • Here’s a simple system where a piece of tube is keeping the hook in position. When using this system..make sure to allow the Waddington fly to dry up after each fishing session – otherwise the hook and shank may rust behind the tubing
  • Here We have set a 2 ¼ inch Waddington Shank up with a # 6 Mustad treble hook…Note how I have put in a split ring between hook and shank. This will enable me to change the hook in a easier way than had I  placed the hook directly in the rear of the shank. Additionally I have added a piece of 0.55 millimeter nylon (tied down on hook and shank) – This will keep the hook pointing straight behind the shank
  • I have also tied a piece of mono to the shank and fixed the mono to this single hook – so the hook sits in a straight line out from the fly.

Waddington setup

UP-SIDE-DOWN Waddington Shank

Hotho westergaard giant Atlantic salmon

Mr. Hotho Vestergaard is the only salmon angler we know – that has caught 3 salmon in the 20-kilo range (+ 44 lb.) –

You might want to check out his fly tying style on Waddington Shanks.

Hotho Westergaard fly fishing

This salmon + 21-kilo (+ 46 lbs.)

Fishmadman friend and salmon-angler-Jedi Mr. Hotho Vestergaard is a great believer in the Waddington Shank system. Hotho makes his Waddington flies upside-down, or rather: he turns the eye of the shank facing downwards – This will make the shank work in new ways – with a slightly diving motion that Hotho prefers on specific types of fast water

Waddington Shank Garry Dog

When a spate runs through the river – then those two first days after the spate will be ideal for a big fly like this 1 3/4 # Waddington Shank Garry Dog…

Sunray Shadow iridescent Blue:Undertaker Big # 53:110 - 130 mm.

Size scale for tube flies

Just like the Waddington Shank, the tube fly offers the river angler unique ways to present the fly – some so exclusive that we had to design a place on the web dedicated to the world of tube flies. In Europa and particularly in Scandinavia the tube fly crowd the fly box – some may say it is a matter of fashion trends but the success of the tube fly is by far attributed to the great versatility and adjustability in the tube fly system.

10 inches below the surface is a hot area to present the fly to Atlantic salmon during summer and many anglers will tie tube flies specifically to target this area using either floating or slow sinking fly lines

Read more about the first Tube flies

Size of tube flies

NB. Mustad 80500 BL Used as example (* is not made bigger than 5/0)

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