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…

Kola peninsula, Russia – Week 27 2017

I thought I had already had my share of “early days blues” this year, but there was more coming my way. My trip to New Zealand this winter was plagued by massive floods and the season so far in Norway has also been affected by poor weather and a very late winter. I had still…

Finnmark 2017 – Late June

It was late June and time for my annual pilgrimage to Finnmark, the northernmost part of Norway. As I drove northwards I had the usual feeling of fear that it might be too early. The fishing can be very good in this period, but if you are unlucky you could also experience flooded and icy…

Small streams on my way north

On my way north I headed up into the mountains and crossed some interesting looking smaller streams. It was then I saw it, a nice rise in a stream just next to the road. I pulled over immediately and made my way over to a small hill overlooking the stream. And then I saw the…

Trying to catch a salmon

Atlantic salmon is one of the most sought-after fish in Norway, both for their strength and the excellent taste. Many fishermen spend their summers next to a Norwegian salmon river hoping they will be the lucky ones to hook up to a feisty piece of chrome goodness. I had heard many tales of frustration and…

Early days in the forest – Norway

The forest and lakes in the Oslo area are now finally coming back to life after a long winter. It’s still early days and the fishing can be tricky. There were mosquitoes of various sizes, flying ants and other terrestrials on the water. Not in great numbers, but just enough for the trout to look…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 5

After the rain comes the sun. According to the weather forecast the sun would be shining on the South Island for the next 3 days and I decided to spend them on the West Coast. I had visited the area previously to check out the various spring creeks in the area, but bad weather intervened…

New Zealand – South Island – Part 4

After fishing the backwaters and lagoons of the central highlands I moved about a bit, exploring new valleys and rivers all over the South Island. I was on the hunt for hatches and hopefully rising fish, but weather and other malignant forces conspired against me as usual. After a while I did find some waterways…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 3

The central highland backwater lagoons seemed to hold a good number of decent sized fish. After the wind settled down it was possible to spot several of them cruising about. Catching them would not be so easy, as the fish became quite vary in the clear water. I tried to sneak into casting position several…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 2

The weather improved as I made my way down the South Island, but most of the rivers I passed were still swollen with dark tinted water. I also checked out some spring creeks, but they also had too much and cold water without any action. While traveling around I met several other anglers, and nobody…