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 the largest one. With a soup of insects on the water the larger fish also started to show themselves. We headed to one of the places I knew big fish reside and sure enough a big one was rising steadily gorging on caddis. Ole made a perfect cast and the fish rose again to take the fly. After a nice 20 minute fight Ole landed his new personal best with a beautiful 2 kg trout!

We had been lucky to experience some great hatches and had caught many nice trout, but now it was time to head over to Russia to catch even bigger ones. It would not take many days before Ole set a new personal best…

Another friend of mine arrived in Finnmark only days later, but then the water levels had increased again and the fishing was terrible. This is just another example of how important it is to not only be at the right place, but also at the right time. But it the end it is impossible to time this with any accuracy, as the conditions can vary greatly from year to year. You just have to go fishing and pray for good conditions. If you are lucky mother nature might decide to flip the switch and put on a show.

 

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