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Iceland Salmon Love Teeny Nymphs
By Jim Teeny

Last season, friends from England asked  if I would like to go north in August to fish in Iceland for native Atlantic Salmon.  Of course I said, ” yes.”  It was a dream trip!
Heading out of Portland, I flew to Seattle. There I boarded an Icelandic Air jet and had a direct flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. The flight from Seattle only took 7 hours.
We fished 2 rivers. The largest one is named the Sela River. The smaller one is called the Fljoeaa.
Not having ever fished Atlantic Salmon on their home waters, I elected to fish for them just as I do for our Steelhead and Pacific Salmon. My choice of Fly Rod was my Jim Teeny 10ft. 8wt., which is a 5 piece rod and easy to travel with. The two Teeny lines that I fished, were our Mini Tip and our Tip Taper in 175 grain.
I selected to fish with short leaders of 4 foot in total length. Teeny Nymphs, Leeches and Flash Flies are what I used in sizes #4, #6, and #8s. Best colors were Ginger, Black, Insect Green, Chili, Antique Gold. The water was crystal clear and I could at times spot a few fish that truly added to the excitement.
The takes were really exciting when they decided to grab your fly. I landed 27 Atlantics many Char and a few smaller Browns. One of the Atlantics that I landed was the largest taken in Iceland last year! Most fish were 5 to 14 pounds and the largest we guessed at close to 25 pounds. I did share my rod time with my guide and he also landed 5 beautiful Atlantics with my outfit.
The people, country, food, fishing and overall experience were to me, beyond what I had ever expected. I ended up being top rod for our group of 6 anglers.

Teeny Nymphs
Antique Gold Hot Pink Insect Green
Black Hot Orange Natural

Teeny Nymphs are simple shrimp-like flies that are constructed entirely of cock Ring Neck Pheasant tail fibers. A bundle of fibers is wrapped around the shank of the hook for the body and the tips are pulled down for legs. These feather fibers may be natural or in one of Jim's custom dyed colors. The flies are tied on short shank, heavy wire, wide gap hooks that Jim designed himself. These hooks are instrumental in giving Teeny Nymphs their unique appearance and are very strong and Laser sharp. Jim Teeny and his famous Teeny Nymph hold numerous world records in both fresh and salt water. The potency of a Teeny Nymph fished dead drift with a fast sinking line or split shot for anadromous fish is legendary in the Pacific Northwest. The smaller sizes in earth tone colors are also extremely productive for trout and pan fish in lakes. They can be fished at many depths but seem most productive when retrieved slowly. This can be accompanied with short twitches.

Jim Teeny with an Alaskan Sockeye Salmon caught with a Teeny Nymph. This is what Jim Teen says about his nymph, "This is my original pattern that started my fishing career. I originated this pattern in May of 1962 to catch trout. I had no idea that this fly would hold so many world records and catch so many different fish. There's hardly a fish that couldn't be caught on a Teeny Nymph. Our size range is from a small size 14 up to a large size 2 hook and come in all the feather colors listed below. This fly is basically tied with one feather so it is fairly simple to reproduce. I can't say enough good things about this pattern. It rarely let's me down, no matter where I'm fishing. It should be a basic standby pattern that will soon be one of your all time favorites."

Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-AG-2 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Antique Gold, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-AG-4 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-AG-6 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-AG-8 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-AG-10 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-AG-12 Antique Gold, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Black, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-BK-2 Black, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Black, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-BK-4 Black, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-BK-6 Black, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-BK-8 Black, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-BK-10 Black, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-BK-12 Black, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-HP-2 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Hot Pink, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-HP-4 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HP-6 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HP-8 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HP-10 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HP-12 Hot Pink, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-HO-2 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Hot Orange, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-HO-4 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HO-6 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HO-8 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HO-10 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-HO-12 Hot Orange, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Insect Green, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-IG-2 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Insect Green, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-IG-4 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-IG-6 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-IG-8 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-IG-10 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-IG-12 Insect Green, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Natural, Teeny Nymph, Size 2
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-NA-2 Natural, Teeny Nymph 2 3 for $5.85
Natural, Teeny Nymphs, Sizes 4 - 12
Item Description Size Price To Top
TEENY-NA-4 Natural, Teeny Nymph 4 3 for $5.85
TEENY-NA-6 Natural, Teeny Nymph 6 3 for $5.85
TEENY-NA-8 Natural, Teeny Nymph 8 3 for $5.85
TEENY-NA-10 Natural, Teeny Nymph 10 3 for $5.85
TEENY-NA-12 Natural, Teeny Nymph 12 3 for $5.85

Revive Electronic Fishing Scales 100LB maximum.

The Revive Fishing scale is designed to promote a fish friendly release process. Weigh your fish without ever handling it. Weigh it in your net or bucket with water in it to keep the fish healthy. Just tare (zero) the scale with your net or bucket attached and place the fish in it, and in a mere second the scale will beep and give you an accurate weight. Fits inside one hand or can be lifted with both hands for bigger fish up to 100 lbs. Water resistant. Lightweight and easy to travel with. This scale comes to us via Nautilus Reels.
Item Description Size Price TTo Top
REVIVESCALE Revive Electronic Fishing Scales 100LB max $24.95

Bruce Berry's Rambulance   "Flies That Boogie!"
Black/Blue/Purple Hot, Hot Orange

It’s all just FUZZ on hook”, I believe is how Mark Bachmann responds to most flies…especially new un-tested varieties. In today’s commercial fly world there is something to be said for a statement like that. Working for a commercial company myself, I am sure there a more than a handful of flies each season that make catalogs w/o having had the chance to get wet first! The difference in my world of FUZZ on a hook and a fly worth talking about is: I don’t like to even name a fly until it has taken fish. With that said, I have a hard time staying tuned into a certain fly, even of my own creation, until it produces consistently, on different waterways, in different times of the year for Steelhead or Trout. Past that, if it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to cast…now we’re onto something worth talking about!

Tying a fly to me basically means wrapping common sense, experience and trial & error around a hook (In this case a tube). Sometimes it is an involved process going through stages of development and some trial, other times it is simple…after all Steelhead eat pink rubber worms…right!

The Rambulance started shortly after (and I mean as the credits were rolling) watching an OPB program back in 2009. Long story short, Biologists and OPB crew members wanted to watch the spawning habits of Oncorhynchus Mykiss to see if that information would yield any clues to the protection and ongoing efforts to restore the numbers of our beloved Steelhead in the P.N.W. Being impossible to observe what happens in the wild with humans mucking about was impossible. The solution: specially designed waterproof cameras strategically placed around pre spawn and spawning habitat where the fish would act like fish w/o the interference of man.

The video results were amazing, in particular a group of “Sneaker” fish, as OPB termed them, worked in teams to agitate and move Steelhead. The male Steelhead took the bait multiple times moving off his bed to chase off potential competition. The male obliterated one “Sneaker”, later on giving chase to another, while a third 3-3 ½” inch fish ducked under the adult female and took care of the job of inseminating the eggs. http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/segments/view/1697

Wow, small immature looking trout are sexually mature? Steelhead hate these little bastards? Man…I bet if I can imitate “Sneakers” in basic size and shape, I can catch a lot of fish…off the spawning beds of course!!! O.K. shows over, I wish I would have recorded this one, now off to the tying room.

Meanwhile, like most other fisherman chasing Steelhead I was taken in by the Intruder from the first time I saw that fly in Dec Hogan’s “Passion for Steelhead” on the two page spread. I already had a box loaded with varying flies from 3” to about 7 “long. I found the rabbit infested flies (among other materials) hard to cast at best (almost impossible in tight casting lies). In open water where you could make a full D-loop the soon to be doomed to the garbage can flies would lazily waffle their way out mid stream. I also felt like a lot of flies were in a constant struggle. What struggle is that you ask? The struggle was loads of Rio T14 trying to get a fly down, but the flies and the way they were tied were not having any part of going down. Kind of like eating candy for a sugar high and drinking beer all at the same…just don’t work!

This fly was going to be different: Large 3 -3 ½” profile, colors that will represent these fish, easy to cast, a fly that will allow the tip to get it to desired fishing depth efficiently and tied on a tube. That way, if the hook becomes fouled or the gap opened up it would be quick and easy to replace the hook and keep the fly. Sounds easy, right!

Continued below...


Rambulance, Black/Blue/Purple
This is a deadly fly, which has a lot of movement and shows up in many differing water colors and conditions. Rambulance flies have an unusual mix of materials, which allows them to hold their shape in many different current speeds. Rarely are they to fat or too skinny. This mix of materials retains tremendous movement in all these same current speeds. Bruce calls it boogie. We call it, "Fish-on."
Item Description Size Price TTo Top
37-0640-TB Rambulance, Black/Blue/Purple Tube Fly
size-4 hook supplied
3 for $10.50

Rambulance, Hot, Hot Orange
The other morning the river was high and light pea green with snow melt; my favorite water condition. My buddy tied on his modified Egg Sucking Leech, he calls Arnold. Arnold has been a strong producer of winter steelhead all season. I assembled my rod as my Buddy worked his way downstream from the boat. I chose the Bruce Berry's Orange Rambulance Fly, waited until my buddy was 150-feet
from the boat and slipped into the water. This fly is mostly hot orange, but has a strip of even hotter orange craft fur running up the center of the wing, the perfect color for a snow-melt river. The third cast brought the Hot, Hot Rambulance fly across the the river, side ways to the current. There were three distinct tugs and then the line became real tight. Then the fly came free for no apparent reason. Two more steelhead came to the fly, and one finally made it to the net (pictured above, up-side-down in the net). My buddy asked, "What are you using?" "I'm using this Orange Rambulance Fly. It has great color, and boy does it boogie in the water. Look at this!" I dropped the fly in the water and it writhed and wiggled with life. "Here, do want one?" I handed him a zip-lock with half a dozen in it.
The next stop, my buddy scored a nickel bright wild buck that weighted about ten pounds (pictured above, right-side-up in the net). Later in the day he landed a brand new summer steelhead as well (pictures didn't turn out). The Hot, Hot Orange Rambulance Fly had made the day for us. Mark
Item Description Size Price To Top
37-0641-TB Rambulance, Hot, Hot Orange Tube Fly
size-4 hook supplied
3 for $10.50

Continued from above...

Actually, it was easy! The first attempt just showed that the wing lengths needed a little tweak in order to keep it’s wiggle and boogie from the softest to the hardest currents you would encounter Steelhead with a fly. From there, I tied it with Iceland Sheep, Arctic Fox, Temple Dog, Finn Raccoon and Craft Fur. I settled on Craft Fur simply because the dyes were consistent and color fast. At the end of the day you could stuff the wet flies in a jacket pocket so the next time you use it there is not really any color transferred to the jacket. Also, the material would not take a set becoming bent up in all sorts of contorted angles while drying out and riding around in my jacket, hip pack or boat bag. The alternate materials that come in a close second tying my Rambulance are Finn Raccoon or Marble Fox.

Keys to success:

~The wings wiggle in all currents adding realism to the fly and keeps the fly tracking across the runs properly.

~The fly is forward weighted so it rides level in most all fishing situations.

~The overall fly size I believe is perfect for most water conditions to take fish consistently.

~Rambulance is easy to cast when paired with a Skagit line and sink tip, it does not feel like you have much more than a size #10 Adams on the end of your line. When developing these flies I figure if it cast’ nicely on a Scandinavian line taper then it will be awesome on a Skagit set up.

~Alternate color: Orange, really good for fish fresh into a system.

Pro Tubefly Systems had just become available in the U.S. market which made it even easier to develop the Rambulance. The weighting systems, tubes, metal and plastic cones all come in lots of sizes and great colors that allows simplicity in modern fly design. Kind of like Lego’s for big kids.

For those of you who like to tie your own:

~Pro Micro Tube…Fl. Orange/ Drop Weight…4 or 6mm/Pro Hook Guide Large

~Orange Steelhead Dubbing of choice

~Fl. Orange Dyed Pheasant Tippets

~Kingfisher Blue Craft Fur or Finn Racoon rear wing

~Small Silver Wire

~Pearl Medium Tinsel/Pearl Saltwater Flashabou

~Kingfisher Schlappen

~Tiny Orange Dubbing ball between Schlappen and Drop Weight

~Black Craft Fur or Finn Racoon front wing

~Holographic Silver Flashabou (two pieces down each lateral line)

~Purple Marabou 3-4 turns

~Holographic Black Flashabou (four pieces splayed over the top)

~Black Schlappen 3-4 turns and finish the fly

~6/0 Fl. Fire Orange Thread

Happy Fishing, Bruce Berry~


Bigger Badder Fisknat Net - The Grande Ronde Model

Been tailing steelhead for better than forty years without inflicting very much trauma to the fish. Been watching clients and friends fumble with the same process for the same length of time. Many landings go well, but some do not. Sometimes Steelhead are repeatedly bounced off of gravel bars, or beaver stobs, and some are returned to the river covered with sand. Fact of the matter is there just aren't a lot of guys who can effectively tail a steelhead. An alternative is to capture a fish with a mesh type instrument such as a landing net, cradle, landing hand, or glove. All are better than letting a fish thrash around in the rocks & sticks on the shoreline. All these landing methods involving conventional cloth or mesh have their issues as well. Except with the Landing Hand or other glove-like tinsels, they are very inconvenient for a hiking angler to transport. A net or cradle large enough to land a steelhead doesn't fit on a hman body without being in the way a lot. And all of the tools named so far will remove a lot of protective slime from the fish; another hindrance to catch and release fish survival. What was needed was a tool which would capture and restrain a steelhead for a certain length of time without inflicting injury. I had used rubber-mesh bag nets for landing trout with great success. Rubber-mesh nets don't remove slime from fish. They are elastic, so they tend to absorb impact of a fish flopping and rolling in them.
In the interest of fish conservation, I called up my old friend at Fisknat, Bob Nelson and asked him to design and produce a steelhead size rubber-mesh bag landing net, so I could carry one in my boat. Bob put a lot of thought into the net, and produced the Grande Ronde Model wit a 20' X 30" bow, which is perfect for fish that average 24" - 36" in length (averge steelhead). My net arrived Wednesday and Thursday we used it to land three bright steelhead. It is awesome.
Item Description Bow Size Price To Top
FISKNAT-6R Fisknat Landing Net, Grand Ronde Model 20" X 30" $189.95

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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