Ole Kristian Skaar.
Next fly tier in this series, Ole Kristian Skaar from Sarpsborg. Ole Kristian is a very keen fly fisherman, the first time I met Ole Kristian was a fly caster course I had in Sarpsborg. After this he was on many courses with me, both on fly tying and casting courses, salmon fishing courses and lectures on fly fishing for salmon. And this guy was something special, I could see at once - so eager and so incredibly perfectionist in everything he was doing. He learned the art of fly casting in a very good way and developed the flytying longer than most people! Just listen to this, he ties flies professionally for sale in his own firm Flies of Norway, he holds a very special contract with Gaula Nature Center where he is the only one who ties the official Gaula fly for sale and this fly is sold only through Gaula Nature Center. And Ole Kristian was the only Norwegian who took part in fly fishing fair as fly tyer in Stockholm this year. Do I add that it is difficult to meet a nicer guy by the river, you have a good description of what the fly-fisherman stands for.
1) For how many years have you fished salmon with a fly rod?
* My salmon fisherman career had its humble start in 2004. I have always fished salmon with a fly rod, because this is what attracts me the most. There is something about fly casting in relation to fishing that makes this is even more interesting.
2) What rivers have your experiences from, and which river is your favorite river?
* My "home river" and thus the river I fish mostly in is the Aagaard River in Østfold. This is a small pleasant river in relation to its small size gives good count if you strain a bit. BUT it does not mean that this is my favorite river, that is in fact Gaula in South Trøndelag that is. For me as a salmon fisherman is this and then preferably Haltdalen my paradise on this earth. It is a little sad in this context are that every time I'm going there to fish should I drive approx. 55 mil each way.
3) How big is your largest fly-caught salmon and on which fly did you get this?
* My biggest fly-caught salmon, which was actually my very first weighed 9.5 kg. A fresh silvery and lousy fish. I got in my second season in The Aagaard River. The fly I took it on was an orange fly without any spec. name, but it is reminiscent of a General Practitioner (GP).
4) What are your two absolute favorite flies, and why?
* I have many "favorite flies" that I will not go to the river without, but if I must choose two of the hottest must be the No. 1 GREY AND GREEN and # 2 I have chosen to include Granbokorhva.
These have given me so many great experiences in both of the two rivers I fish that I have to select them. This applies to all forms of contact with the salmon. Whether caught fish, lost fish and other reactions that would otherwise make your fishing trip a great experience.
Fact that are great to look at and yet simple to tie only makes including more attractive.
With these two covers also most of the requirements under different conditions, be it after a flood (turbid water) or small, clear river.
Since I am very happy to "convert" fly patterns "Speystyle" do I add even in a description of how these are tied.
GREY AND GREEN:
Tag: Black ostrich or wool.
Body: Rear half: Silver mini flatbraid, front half: Olive Ice Dub.
1. Hackle: olive soft hackle
Under Wing: Olive fox or similar
3-4 Angel hair color olive folded double
2. Hackle: / hackle natural colored teal
Over Wing: Grey fox or something like it.
Head: Olive tying thread.
On the Spey variant do I add first 10-15 turns with small oval silvertinsel, the butt is the ostrich herl. Then comes Silver flatbraid, the body is olive icedub.
Speyhackel of gray heron or something equal that cross ribs with small oval silvertinsel.
2-3 turns of olive softhackle, 2-3 turns of natural colored teal.
The wing is of bronzemallard. Added as a "roof".
Head olive tying thread.
Tag: Black wool or ostrich herl
Tail: Hot orange fluoro fibers
Body: Rear half gold flatbraid, anterior half of SSS dubbing color ALTA gold.
1. hackle: Orange softhackle
Under Wing: Orange fox or something equal
Flash: SSS Hot Orange Flames
2. Hackle: Black softhackle
Over Wing: Black fox or something equal
Head: Black tying thread.
On the Spey variant do I first add 10-15 turns with small oval gold tinsel, the butt is the ostrich herl. Then comes gold flatbraid, the body SSS dubbing Alta gold.
Speyhackel orange heron or something equal that cross ribs with small oval gold tinsel.
2-3 turns of black softhackle.
The wing is of the shoulder feathers from the goose, the color black. Added as a "roof".
Head black tying thread.