Interview by Gaute Gjemble.
It is with great pleasure that I can present the next fly tier in this series, this time it's Gaute Gjemble that tell us about his best flies. I have fished in the upper parts of the Gaula for 15 years now, and it was not long before I began to hear rumors about a special fisherman from this part of the valley, rumors said that this guy got a lot of salmon. But it took a couple of seasons before I finally met him at a beat that we had fishing licenses for both, it did not take long to realize that this guy was something special. The likes of knowledgeable fisherman, I had never met, Gaute was a bit "different" than most other fishermen I've met in my life, well, he had focused on lines, flies and equipment generally like other fishermen.
But what caught me most was that he talked much more about the salmon and the salmon's behavior was that interested him most in relation to migration, resting places and take places. All the water level and temperature in the river was important for his fishing strategy. Gaute had already fished for many years in this area of the Gaula, and he emphasized that to become well known in a river, and in an area / beat with and increase local knowledge would lead to more consistent catches over time. It is no secret that there are Gaute who has been my biggest inspiration in recent years, that is in many ways my role model. He is generous in giving great tips on fishing in Gaula, and I have catched many salmon after I talked with him. Gaute is a nice fisherman who really enjoy it by the river, drinking coffee and enjoying life along the river. Do not fish as hard as this guy before it takes, he can see when and where to cast the fly behind the right rock. Gaute is raised on Skogn in North Trøndelag and throughout his childhood has been characterized by outdoor life of fishing at the cabin, so his childhood was marked by fishing and sports. He eventually moved to Haltdalen and lives just 50 meters from the river, no wonder that he has control over the salmon.
1) How many years have you fished salmon with a fly rod?
A little unsure about this, but think I got my first fly rod in 12 years of age. But something real about it, I did not until I went to school first in the 80's.
2) What are the rivers, you have your experience, and what river is your favorite river?
I have not really fished in so many salmon rivers. But Gaula, Stjordalselva, Verdalselva, Levanger river Orkla is the rivers I have visited in recent years. But have also tried Stordalselva and some small rivers in Finnmark. But Gaula is NOK the river closest to my heart.
3) How big is your largest fly-caught salmon and on what fly did you get this?
The largest fly-caught salmon is 19 kg. Taken on a variant of the Sunray Shadow only 5-7 cm wing.
4) What are your two absolute favorite flies, and why?
Favourite flies include Storlaksen and Spencer Special.
The reason for this is first and foremost that these fly patterns are composed of myself, another reason is that these flies are actually built more like a trout wet fly with something as old-fashioned material as calf tail and Mustad wetfly hook 3582.
Otherwise, these flies has given me great experience especially when it has been difficult conditions later in the summer, where you must hunt shy salmon.
These flies have also been modernized in some circumstances, this has meant that the flies have been good allround flies.
Hook: Mustad 3582 size. 4-12
Tag: Oval gold
Tail: yellow fibers of polar bears of orange calf hair
Ribbing: oval gold
Body: orange seal wool mixed with orange cut up angel hair
False hackle: black calf hair
Wing: at the bottom some straw blue flash over the orange calf hair, over this black calf hair
Topping: some straw rainbow angel hair
Attach the thread. Tie in oval tinsel, take 5-6 turns, this form the tag. Attach the tinsel.
Tie then in yellow fibers of the polar bear and then black calf hair. This forms the tail. After the tail is fastened trim the tail so that it has a tapered shape.
Secure the ribbing material. Dub then a mixture of orange seal wool and orange cut up angel hair. Turn the dubbing smoothly and rich forward to where the wing should be attached. Attach the body material and take the ribbing and twist 5-6 turns ahead and attach the ribbing. This fly has a false hackle that is only attached to a bundle of black calf hair under the body at the attachment point to the wing. The wing consists of several bundles, start by adding some fibers of the blue flashabou, length equal to the body. Add then the wing of orange calf hair, length slightly longer than the body. Over this is laid the upper wing, this should be slightly longer than the wing.
To the topping is added a few fibers of rainbow colored angel hair.
Finish by shaping the head, and head cement.
Mentioned that the original was a bit different from this pattern. Tie up a few flies in this and the original pattern.
Writes that this is a good fly late in the season but this fly is worth trying a little earlier in the season as well.
Tip: tie up some flies of treble hook as well.
This fly is a continuation of the so-called Spencer fly. Many years ago I modified a bit the pattern of the original Spencer fly. This meant that this fly was a fly with excellent properties. The fly is good for sea trout and brown trout as well. The fly is bound preferably on Mustad 3582 double in sizes 4-10. The fly can also be transferred to a larger version in a tube.
The fly is also good for salmon later in the season is shy and difficult. It is important that the fly does not overdresses. It is a bit special about this fly is that the wing is made of fairly stiff hair of the calf tail.
Tag: oval silver fine
Tail: fluoro yellow fibers
Butt: Black selull
Ribbing: oval silver medium
Body: Flat silver holographic tinsel medium
Wing: black calf tail with a straw rainbow angel hair
Hackle: black and hot orange rooster hackle
Thread attached. Attach the oval silver tinsel and twist 3mm from the hook bend and forward. Tag attached. Attach the tail and secure. Remember to taper the tail afterwards. Ribbing material wrapped and will be attached. Dubb the butt with a black seal wool and secure. Wind the tying thread forward to the fixing of the wing. Here secures the body material. Wind the body material forward and back to the but. Ribs winds in the opposite direction with 3-4 turns, and fastened .
The wing is divided into two light dressed bundles. The wing then affixed in two layers with some angel hair in between. Remember that the lower wing should be slightly shorter than the upper wing. Ty in two rooster hackle feathers, one black and one orange. Bring them together and wrap two turns. Hackle folded back and fastened . Finally make the head. Varnish.
This fly was widely used before the fox hair and soft wing materials came on the market. Have tried to use these soft materials in the wing, but with no luck. So the conclusion was that this fly fishes best with calf tail wing. Therefore, it is located in the fly box again.
It is also possible to use this pattern as a basis, and with color and material changes to make some variations.
Tip: Use gold body instead of silver. Red tail instead of yellow.
Cange front hackle to yellow and blue.