See the winning fly here.

Now you can see the fly that won the “Official Gaula fly” fly tying competition. The winner is Jonas Lindkvist, he is from Sweden and tells us that the River Gaula is his favourite river, bar none. The winning fly also has a long history from the River Gaula, the winner has fished this fly for 7 years already, and estimates that he ha caught around 35-40 salmon on this fly.

Jonas tells us that he has been fly fishing for salmon since 1995, he has tied his own flies for the same amount of time, and says that fly tying is an important part of the total experience as a salmon fisherman. He has fished lots of different rivers in Norway, and has caught salmon from several of these rivers using his fly. The biggest salmon he has caught on the new “Gaula fly” weighed 12 kilos, and was of course caught from the River Gaula. When we asked him about his best memory with this fly, the answer was “that is a difficult question to answer”. We interpreted this as the fly being a worthy winner, because he has experienced so much with this fly that it is hard to pick out just one story about it. But he also says that every time he sits by the river with the fly box he gets a feeling of security when he sees the favourite fly in its usual spot in the fly box, then Jonas thinks “now he’ll take!”.

The fly can be fished during many different conditions by small, simple changes in tying style, while still maintaining the fly’s main colour combinations and pattern. You can commence your opening fishing on June 1st on a high river in flood, and finish the season on a small, low summer river with clear waters and use this fly all the time.

 

As you can see from the images the fly can be tied both as a tube fly and a normal hook fly, but a single hook version would most likely also tempt the Gaula salmon. This was one element that the jury focused quite heavily on; this should be an all-round fly. Jonas highlights the somewhat translucent wing as one of the important assets of this fly, in addition to the distinctive “trigger point” at the back of the fly body. The fly is usually sparsely dressed, and Jonas recommends fishing this fly at some speed in the current. Fly patterns incorporating the colours blue, black and silver has always been effective on the River Gaula, there are some original patterns employing these colour combinations, but we absolutely believe that the fly tier here has found his own interpretation of this pattern.

Jonas will join Jan Erik on a 3 day guided fishing trip on the River Gaula during the 2008 season, this is but one of the prizes he won. The idea is that the guys will catch salmon using the Gaula fly during this trip, and a report from this trip will be posted on www.granbo-flyfishing.no during Autumn 2008.

The jury would like to congratulate Jonas on winning the competition, and we look forward to award him the prizes for his victory. The prizes have a total value of NOK 15 000,-, and contain both fishing equipment and exclusive fishing trips to the River Gaula during the summer of 2008. The fly will be displayed at the Gaula Natursenter next summer. The winning fly will also be used in the promotion of the River Gaula as a salmon fishing river. Gaula Natursenter arranges the competition in conjunction with Granbo Flyfishing and Nordic Outdoor.

 


The winner of the official “Gaula fly” fly tying competition has been selected.

The jury is pleased to tell you that we have a winner. The fly that came out on top was in its own league. The winning fly fulfilled all the pre-determined criteria; this would have to be a fly that was a worthy winner, and which all the Gaula fishermen would want to keep in their fly boxes. This is a fly that will become well known all over the world by the fly fishermen loving the River Gaula, and the jury feels that the winning fly fulfils all these criteria. The fly can be fished during a variety of river conditions by a few simple modifications of the fly tying style, while at the same time maintaining the fly’s main colour combinations and pattern. You can commence your opening fishing on June 1st on a high river in flood, and finish the season on a small, low summer river with clear waters and use this fly all the time. The winning fly also has a long history from the River Gaula, the winner has fished this fly for 7 years already, and estimates that he ha caught around 35-40 salmon on this fly.

The winner of the fly tying competition is from Sweden and his name is Jonas Lindkvist, we talked to him today and told him the good news. He found this to be a great surprise, he did not really believe it in the beginning but after a while he realized he was indeed the winner. As the River Gaula is his favourite river he was naturally very proud of this. We will be back with a more in-depth article on Jonas complete with pictures of his fly already in the middle of next week.

The jury would like to congratulate Jonas on winning the competition, and we look forward to award him the prizes for his victory. The prizes have a total value of NOK 15 000,-, and contain both fishing equipment and exclusive fishing trips to the River Gaula during the summer of 2008. The fly will be displayed at the Gaula Natursenter next summer. The winning fly will also be used in the promotion of the River Gaula as a salmon fishing river.


Jonas Lindkvist


Gaula Natursenter, Nordic Outdoor and Granbo Flyfishing is arranging a fly tying competition in order to find the official Gaula fly. All salmon rivers deserve their own fly. The River Gaula still does not have this and this is why we arrange this competition. This is not a fly tying competition where the fly tying itself has to be perfect. We will select the best fishing fly for the River Gaula. We look at the colour combinations and we also take into consideration your fishing theories and experiences with this fly on the River Gaula.

Rules.
• You must have fished this fly earlier on the River Gaula. You need to have a background story with your theories for this pattern for the River Gaula.

• Use this season to make the fly perfect, and you must catch salmon on the fly in order for it to be eligible for this competition. Make sure you have pictures proving that the salmon was caught from the River Gaula, you will have to send us the picture when you send us the fly.

• The fly must be tied in at least two versions; both as a tube fly and as a hook fly. The flies you submit must be freshly tied.

Only one winner will be selected.

 

The prize package includes:
• A three day guided salmon fishing trip with Granbo Flyfishing including accommodation.

• Free salmon fishing course delivered by Gaula Natursenter.

• Fishing equipment worth NOK 5000,- delivered by Nordic Outdoor.

You will be credited with having developed the official Gaula fly. Granbo Flyfishing will conduct interviews. If possible the fly will be produced by Nordic Outdoor and sold through their sales channels. You will receive 3% royalty of this sale.

All flies will be displayed in Gaula Natursenter during the 2008 season.

In the jury: Arild Snekkenes, Jan Erik Granbo and Torstein Rognes.

The flies must be submitted to Gaula Natursenter by the 31st of September 2007.




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