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…

Video: Damsel nymphs & large brown trout

Here is the nymph & trout video from the North Island volcanic lakes. “After my saltwater exploits up north I headed down south into the heartland of the north island. There are several large lakes and many rivers in the area, but I decided to start with the volcanic lakes up in the highlands ….

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 1

After some weeks on the North Island it was time to head south and catch the ferry over to the South Island. While driving south a massive storm hit both islands, but the South Island seemed to have gotten the worst of it. The radio reported of severe flooding in several places, not exactly ideal…

New Zealand 2017 – North Island – Part 4

There are many rivers that flow in and out of the nearby lakes and I decided to check some of them out. I walked upstream mostly on the banks, but also in the river in some of the more overgrown areas. There did not seem to be a lot of fish in these rivers at…

New Zealand 2017 – North Island – Part 3

Maybe I had finally figured out the whole damsel nymph game or maybe it was just the conditions that had gotten particularly favorable. Either way I was finally sight casting to and catching decent numbers of trout. Some fish were even caught twice, as can be seen in the pictures below. The fish were mostly…

New Zealand 2017 – North Island – Part 2

After my saltwater exploits up north I headed down south into the heartland of the north island. There are several large lakes and many rivers in the area, but I decided to start with the volcanic lakes up in the highlands . It was tough going at first, with cold weather and little fish to…

New Zealand 2017 – North Island – Part 1

I had been dreaming about the fabled fly fishing paradise of New Zealand for many years and finally the universe aligned itself to make it happen. My epic journey would begin in the salty waters around the northern parts of the north island, before heading south and inland to both lakes and rivers. Winter escapes…

Finnmark 2016 – Part 3

And then it happened… The water levels, temperatures and other mystical factors aligned and the larger rivers started to come to life. We were lucky to experience a massive caddis hatch and great fishing during our last days in Finnmark. One day I caught 10 fish between 1-1,5 kg, but it was Ole who caught…