Jealous, grumpy old men. And how not to become one

I am writing this to my older self, so that in the future I might be able to handle the possible frustrations an aging fly-fisherman can experience, with as much grace as possible. And yes, I also write this to some individuals who have already become jealous and grumpy old men, possibly the worst kind…

New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Tiny jungle creek

I had been fishing some of the magnificent central plateau lakes for a couple of weeks, and had caught plenty of stunning fish, with impressive average sizes. Mostly rainbows, but also some big brownies had ended up in my net. These fisheries are primarily focused on the plentiful damsel nymphs, although I had started to…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 2

There had been little in the way of rain coming down on New Zealand for quite some time, but now a lot of it was on its way, accompanied by very strong winds. I thought it might be a good idea to hunker down for some days, but my friend Andrew, who had just escaped…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 1

After a great year of fly fishing both home and abroad I decided to take a bit of a break after the fall season up north in Norway. After dealing with more mundane issues at home and spending the Christmas holidays with my family, I decided to leave for New Zealand on December 27th. I…

Top 10 trout of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close I can look back at what has been an absolutely incredible year of fly fishing adventures. I have probably fished more this year than in all my previous years combined. There have been many memorable moments from different parts of the world and some spectacular fish caught &…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 7 – Season finale

It was the last days of August and the salmon season up north was coming to a close. My plan was to finish the salmon season strongly, but my tendinosis ridden left hand had forced me change plans to some more delicate fishing. I made my way back to the tundra to see if there…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 6 – More salmon

Brown trout has been the main focus of my fly fishing adventures in the north this season, and it has been absolutely spectacular with many nice fish in the net. But the north has great salmon fishing on offer as well, and after catching my largest trout ever on a dry fly I made my…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 5 – The monster

The trout season up north had been good to me, but it had not been easy. Endless rain had kept the rivers up at spring flood levels for much of the season. Just when they started to fall and it was beginning to get good, another deluge swept in over the tundra and put things…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 4 – Crazy days

I had experienced some very good dry fly fishing back home in Norway since my return from the Kola peninsula in Russia, catching a big 2,4 kg trout and many nice ones over 1 kg on dry flies. Under normal circumstances, I probably would have headed back to civilization and work by now. But after…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 2 – The hatching begins

I was still in the mood for some good old dry fly fishing for trout after my winter holiday on the Kola peninsula. The conditions up north had to improve sooner or later and I wanted to be there when it happened. So, I stuck around up in northern Norway, visiting several interesting locations on…