This blog features the fly-fishing adventures of André Hesselroth, who quit his job as national sales manager in the consumer electronics industry in the fall of 2016. Since then he has lived the life of a full-time fly-fishing bum, focusing primarily on salmonids in New Zealand and northern Norway.
For many years I worked very hard to afford all the stuff I thought I needed to be happy. But as I gradually found out, it was not this stuff that made me happy. It was the precious time spent on adventures in nature, preferably with a fly-rod in hand, that I appreciated more than anything else. But unfortunately, these highly valuable moments were too short-lived. I only had a limited amount of holiday every year and it was not enough to satisfy my desire for freedom & adventure. Gradually I realised that I had to make some drastic changes in my life. I would have to sacrifice some of the things I had worked so hard for, like my career, city apartment, fancy BMW, etc. But in the end, I wanted freedom to do the things I really wanted even more. I thought about it for many years, but every time I resigned to the safest alternative. The known. But in the fall of 2016 I finally quit my job and went fishing. For some time, I was not sure I had made the right choice. I had worked so hard to reach my goals, both in my career and financially. Would I risk it all to live a different life? Now, 2 years later, I don’t regret my choice. Although the future remains unknown, I certainly hope it will continue to include a healthy dose of both nature and fly-fishing. This lifestyle has given me an incredible amount of joy. I have also met many unique and amazing people who have enriched my life so much.
For the last couple of years, I have focused my fishing on northern Norway during June-September, then New Zealand from January-May. These fisheries are huge and varied. So far, I have only scratched the surface and there is still much more to explore and learn. My adventure continues as I explore these magical ecosystems. This blog will serve as a place to share my images, video and reflections from my journey. I hope it can inspire others to spend more time in nature and to see the immense value it holds.
Between the seasons I will do some speeches about my adventures, for example to fly-fishing clubs. For more info, please see: https://flyslingers.com/presentations/