By Norvise Team Member Ben Cleveland
It all started in Newfoundland Canada, my love and passion for Atlantic salmon fishing begun. One morning my father in law wanted me to go with him to try fly fishing, so we got up early and trucked in the woods. He was showing me how to cast and when he hooked into a fish and handed me the rod. That’s the point I fell in love with the sport of fly fishing. My father in law ties and showed me his flies, one of which was the blue charm which was his most productive fly. As the years went on I purchased my own rod and got into the art of fly tying. I had the help of my father in law and a guy at work to show me the basics. I joined many fly tying groups which gave me constructive criticism to grow myself as a tyer. I learned more about flies in the way of Atlantic salmon flies and stumbled on a variation of the blue charm that is one of the most well known Atlantic salmon flies. This variation used a crystal flash under wing and white main wing, and ultimately became one of most productive flies. On a yearly trip to Newfoundland, I brought with me this fly that I found. We got up to go fishing early one morning and my father in law had told me to tie on a blue charm as he had luck the previous day. I decided to tie on my crystal white winged blue charm and within 10 minutes I had a fish on, we released the fish and went back to fish. Another few minutes I had on another fish and my father in law was like are you using the blue charm, I said no I’m using a variation. He asked for one and decided to try it, after 30 minutes he was like this is not working and as he said that he hooked into a fish. He ended up hooking 6 using my fly and I ended up with 10 for the week long trip. This has become my favorite fly to tie as well to use when targeting Atlantic salmon. Also is one of the most requested fly from people interested in obtaining flies. This one fly has most of my success stories while targeting Atlantic salmon. Till Next time.