"I try to imitate it with a dubbing
of a mixture of artificial wools - partly stiff; but with a sharp lustre
like polyamid (nylon, perlon, antron etc.), partly something more soft
like polyacryl (dralon, rayon or natural wool), and I use white wool to
'tone' the colours down. I cut the fibres in short lenghts, separate them
and mix them thoroughly, until I get the right hue. Exactly the same way a
painter mixes the colours on his palette".
Simo is not using very much dubbing - Most flytiers use all too much
material! After each turn of dubbing he brushes the dubbing backwards with
his fingers. In that way, the tying silk will always be close to the hook
and not placed on top of another turn of dubbing. After the tying he combs
the whole fly with a piece of ‘Velcro’ , so that the fibres trail
backwards. Should he by accident have used too much dubbing, then he cuts
the fly with a pair of scissors and then treats it once more with the
I got a large amount of the different artificial wools he used and the
Antron is just as sparkling as the wool one gets today. Simo Lumme
describes his final colours for the abdomen as: Light orange, light
sea-green and light sandy-brown.
The tying can seem very simple; but it’s of utmost importance, that
the fly looks ‘light’ and surrounded by a 'halo' of fine, fluttering
fibres, that diffuse the contour of the fly.
Another of his creations is a dry sedge christened ‘Nalle Puh’ -
the finnish name for Winnie-the-Pooh.