Kola Peninsula, Russia – Week 29 2018

The northern Kola peninsula in Russia is perhaps best known for its world class Atlantic salmon fisheries, but they have some truly amazing trout-fishing there as well. This would be my 5th visit to the Russian tundra, and as usual hopes were high. Last year I was there in week 27 and then it was…

New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Grand finale

The Interislander ferry would take me across the Cook Strait and down to the South Island a week or so later, and there was just enough time to squeeze in a few more days of fishing with my friends. Cicada season should have been over by now, but as I had discovered, the fish were…

New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Backcountry mountain valleys

My stay at the North Island of New Zealand was nearing its end, and so was the summer season. But between the storms and downpours, there was still warm days and good fishing to be had. My recent experiences with cicada fly-fishing had been a revelation for me and I wanted more. There are many…

New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Rumble in the jungle

This January has been the hottest ever recorded in New Zealand and many of the rivers have recently been running low on water. Therefore, I set out on a journey of discovery, with the intent of finding those areas and rivers with watersheds not so affected by the scorching heatwave. This is something I often…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 2

There had been little in the way of rain coming down on New Zealand for quite some time, but now a lot of it was on its way, accompanied by very strong winds. I thought it might be a good idea to hunker down for some days, but my friend Andrew, who had just escaped…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 1

After a great year of fly fishing both home and abroad I decided to take a bit of a break after the fall season up north in Norway. After dealing with more mundane issues at home and spending the Christmas holidays with my family, I decided to leave for New Zealand on December 27th. I…

Top 10 trout of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close I can look back at what has been an absolutely incredible year of fly fishing adventures. I have probably fished more this year than in all my previous years combined. There have been many memorable moments from different parts of the world and some spectacular fish caught &…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 6 – More salmon

Brown trout has been the main focus of my fly fishing adventures in the north this season, and it has been absolutely spectacular with many nice fish in the net. But the north has great salmon fishing on offer as well, and after catching my largest trout ever on a dry fly I made my…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 5 – The monster

The trout season up north had been good to me, but it had not been easy. Endless rain had kept the rivers up at spring flood levels for much of the season. Just when they started to fall and it was beginning to get good, another deluge swept in over the tundra and put things…

Kola Russia 2015 – Part 4 – Second Knee Litza River

The feeling of waking up in the extreme wilderness of the Russian tundra is magical. Apart from our group of 7 people there were nobody around for hundreds of miles, except for some reindeer and the occasional bear. We had 3 full days left of our adventure before the MI-8 helicopter would pick us up…