I got to know Gunnar and his patterns pretty early on when fishing in Norway. I met Gunnar for the first time on a fishing show in the Forestry museum in Elverum. It must have been 7 years ago. He is one of those fishermen you meet and instantly have this – “That guy knows what it is about” – feeling. He is certainly not a man of many words, but one look in his calm eyes and one does not question at all what he´s doing.
Gunnar was born 1958 in Hamar, Norway and now lives in Haugedal not far from his birthplace, close to the famous Rena river.
His father, a fly-fisher and fly tier, took him under his wing in all aspects of the sports. So Gunnar can not even remember when not having fished with the fly.
I recently had a conversation with him and asked him a few questions. His answers were typically Gunnar – short and precise.
Gunnar, tell us what your favourite type of fishing is:
I have tried most of the fishing method of the inland, but my favourite is dry fly fishing, anytime late evening when the big trout come close to the bank to pick caddis.
When did you start flyfishing?
Fly fishing has been from day one, since I was old enough to be with my father in smaller rivers. We used bamboo rods and fly lines not much longer than the rod, and a meter of leader and two flies. A very effective method for trout in small rivers when casting behind and in front of rocks. This way I really got to know the rivers.
Do you remember your first self tied flies?
My father was busy tying all these years. So as a kid I tied a lot of weird creations, but I got more serious in the mid eighties.
Who are you influences?
My father of course, otherwise it has Staffan Lindstrøm and Paul Krågvold.
What is the story behind the “dyret” (beast)?
It is quite simply a mixture of Superpuppan and Devilbug, Superpuppan “lacked” something in some situations, Devil-bug was efficient but fragile so I ended up blending the two.
Dyret by Gunnar Bingen
pictures by Gunnar Bingen
feel free to visit Gunnars Facebook profile for more fly patterns
… image below shows the original “design sheet” from yesterday, meaning 1991 …
The tying of the “dyret” is very straight forward and simple.
A small clump of deer hair covered with dubbing of your choice and palmered with a cock hackle feather, colour ad lib.
I personally do not clip the hackle under, but I have seen many who do so, Gunnar included.
Here is the “original” step by step from Gunnar:
all pictures above by Gunnar Bingen (c)
Many thanks from Paul and me to Gunnar for sharing his work with us.