Per Lennart Lorås.
First out in this interview series of different salmon fishermen's favorite flies are Per Lennart Loraas. I have known Per Lennart in 12 -13 years, and I met him first when he worked at Intersport in Steinkjer. There was never any doubt that this guy was going to be an accomplished salmon fisherman, because he was very carefully at the details. He trained a lot with the fly rod and tied a lot of flies. One year he was actually No. 6 in the popular fly-tying competition Mustad Skandinavian Open, where he was top 3 Norwegian, this says a lot about how thoroughly he went to work. Therefore, it is very pleasant for me that he would be interviewed for this article series. I appreciate that Per Lennart would share of his experiences on salmon flies and rivers to my readers.
Summary of Per Lennart:
31 years, residing in Levanger with his girlfriend and a daughter.
Trained clinical social worker and family therapist M.D.
Working at the BUP Family Unit, Levanger (child and adolescent psychiatry) as a family therapist.
Fish now regularly in Verdal river and in the upper parts of the Gaula.
1) In how many years have you fished for salmon with a fly rod?
I have fished with fly rods for salmon in 16 years. The last 10 years, I would say that I have spent very much time on this.
2) What are the rivers you have your experience, and which river is your favorite river?
I have a lot of experience from the amazing Steinkjer river (which unfortunately is not recovered even after the gyro infection), Namsenvassdraget, Gaula (both lower and upper parts), Verdal River, and not least, I have been lucky enough to fish a lot in the river of dreams ,the river Alta.
3) How large is your biggest fly-caught salmon on which fly-did you get this?
My biggest salmon I caught in the Stein fossen in Alta three years ago. The salmon bite right down on the classic STEINFOSS neck. Salmon fishing can not be more beautiful than this.
It was 114 cm long and was estimated to be about 14 kg. It took on a float / s1 line mounted a five foot firmly sinking tip and a 7 cm long Orange terrible tube fly (the author of this pattern is Arild Guthje Fredriksen).
However, I have taken many big salmon on the single-handed rod as I might want to mention as even greater experiences. Among other things, a salmon of about 12 kg in the Haltdalen for lightweight one-handed and low water level (which was released), or fish of 11.8 kg, which I took on June 21 in 2010 on a great beat I fish regularly in the Verdal River. The last salmon was completely new to the river and gave me a real experience to life under flood conditions.
4) What are your two absolute favorite flies, and why?
It has become some patterns that has been permanent fixtures in the fly box. One is based on a pattern of Jan Erik himself, a pattern in his time called "orange trebbelen". However, I have modified this somewhat. My version is called "Caviar tube" and is my definite first choice during flood conditions or generally dirty / brown river. The fly has also proven to be "hot" under the "impossible" conditions such as low hot water or old hard fish late in the season.
This fly has given me many great big salmon on the opening day and subsequent days of the Gaula.
"Trønder tube" is another of my favorite pattern: It is based on a fly by Arne Saugestad called "Trønderruggen". This fly has basically no body. The body of the fly is a so-called "Cyclops eyes", this is a small round ball with a weight that makes the fly sink to the same second that it hits the water (available in different sizes). This pattern I tend to "dress" relatively sparse. This fly works in my opinion well in all conditions. But especially in rivers that have some color on the water. It has also proven to be very good in Gaula and Verdal River.
Tying Thread: Benecchi 12 / 0, black
Tube: Plain white milk or hot orange tube, inner and outer tube.
Tag: small gold tinsel (about 5 turns)
Butt: First, I usually tie a small piece of silver mini flatbraid, which is the ground to the floss. This is done so that the floss silk to retain its "hot color".
I use Uni Stretch as floss in the hot orange or pink. Then varnishes this four to five times with Veniard varnish.
Body: Gold or MDF Angel Hair as "twist on the tying thread and I forms then a drop-shaped tube body. Be sure to make the body a little rough.
Under wing: : under wing of the relatively short orange temple dog, then some straw Angel hair the same color as the body.
No.1 Hackle: Hot orange hen hackle tied in such a way that it covers the mounting point to the wing.
Middle wing: no.2: orange temple dog a little longer than the previous one. Then, a few straw Angel Hair in the same color as the body.
Hackle no.2: Hot orange hen hackle slightly longer than the last. Bound so that it covers the mounting point for the wing 2
Upper wing: orange temple dog, longer than the two previous bundles with a marked "drop form."
Front hackle: orange Marabou hackle. Can be tied in either as a conventional hackle (works well on the largest), or it can be "spun" into a dubbing loop. The last option is well suited to the smaller versions.
Cheeks: Jungle Cock, if desired
Weighting / head: Some models weighed down by using lead wire in the anterior part of the body. Usually 8-12 rounds. Conehead in gold is also used with great success. However, also recommend tying some copy without weighting as this is a fly that have taken many big salmon on the close inshore, during flood conditions. A heavy fly would get stuck here. If necessary, also with great success adjust the fly's weight by threading a conehead in the desired color on the leader.
Tying Thread: Benecchi 12 / 0, black
Body: Cyclops eyes, choose the size of the fly size. I use mainly 5.5 mm. Available at www.korsholm.dk.
Under wing: Yellow short temple dog, a few straw Angel Hair on top in for example yellow color.
Hackle no.1: yellow hen hackle, tied in so that it covers the wing attachment point.
2. wing: orange temple dog, slightly longer than the previous one, a couple of straw orange, gold or PMD Angel Hair on top.
Hackle no.2: orange hen hackel, tied in so that it covers the wing attachment point.
Upper wing: black temple dog, slightly longer than the previous one, with a marked "drop shape".
Cheeks: Jungle Cock.
Head: black tying thread.
NB! By tying flies on these methods is achieved that the flies have a small, nice head, while tying technique makes the flies become very durable.