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…

Finnmark 2016 – Part 2

After fishing on my own for about a week I was joined by my friend Ole Bjørn. He had been fishing some of the crystal clear rivers with super spooky trout in southern Norway and had not been particularly successful. We would fish another week in Finnmark before heading to Russia and the Kola peninsula….

Finnmark 2016 – Part 1

Finnmark is the northernmost and largest county in Norway sharing borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia. My friend and fly fishing mentor Monrad introduced me to this fishing paradise about 10 years ago and I have spent 2-3 weeks there during summer ever since. Finnmark can be a bit overwhelming at first, with so many…

Kola Russia 2016 – Week 27 – Part 2

After a short flight in the MI-8 tundra taxi we arrived at our new location, a stretch of river called “Oset” in the legendary Kharlovka river. Since Monrad had yet to catch a fish we all agreed to send him down to the river immediately to get rid of that terrible smell of skunk. It…

Kola Russia 2016 – Week 27 – Part 1

It was early July and summer had arrived in the land of the midnight sun. I had been fishing my way up from Oslo in the south to Finnmark, the northernmost part of Norway, where we share a 196 km border with our Russian friends. The weather was looking nice and according to the reports…

Costa Rica – February 2015 – Part 2

After a week of fishing inside the bay of Nicoya we had yet to see any big fish, something we usually do. There are several hotspots in the area, but the regular schools of big jack crevalles and other predators were just not there. We did see some baitfish, but not in any great numbers….