Local fly tying legend Erling Sand
Fly tying legend Jon sand and his son, river keeper Erling Sand with the local mountain board, have created some of the most famous classic fly patterns used in the waters of Norway. Here you can read more about it and see the TV feature program about Erling sand “Villmarkstimen” from 1993. The program is from 1993 and its in Norwegian.
All pictures form a private collection
All ready legends in their time, their flies where sought after all over Norway. At the point where Jon Sand established the “Fly Fishing Company”, the bookings where full and he employed his son Erlend Sand as an apprentice at the age of 12. At their workshop in Heggeriset in Engerdal Jon Sand was very meticulous about the quality of the flies and if his son Erling’s flies did not meet up with his standards, the hooked would be stripped clean for dressing and the precious hook would be re-used.
The Sands produced flies for many shops in Norway, but they also produced flies on contract for Hardy and had to meet their strict standards for flies. According to their contract they whre payed about 1/10 of a Norwegian krone (about 1 pence) for every approved fly.
Verre enn minken
Den mest kjente flua var utvilsomt “verre enn minken”. Den var lenge en hemmelighet, men når katta var ute av sekken ble den satt i produksjon og den var mer populær enn hva Sand-fimaet kunne produsere. Mange kopier blir laget den dag i dag, men den gule kroppen laget av “Kondor Quill” er naturlig nok litt vanskelig å komme over.
Erling Sand hadde lenge levert bindebeskrivelser til sin faste spalte i Vi Menn, og deriblant laget Vi Menn-flua. Andre kjente mønster er Femunsreguleringa, Solbruden, Negern, Isterfossen Spesial, Tiurleiken og Bråtekongen med sine sammensatte vingefiber. Erling har hele 70 egenkomponert fluemønster.
Filmen er publisert med samtykke fra NWTV