Finnmark 2017 – Part 4 – Crazy days

I had experienced some very good dry fly fishing back home in Norway since my return from the Kola peninsula in Russia, catching a big 2,4 kg trout and many nice ones over 1 kg on dry flies. Under normal circumstances, I probably would have headed back to civilization and work by now. But after…

Finnmark 2017 – Part 2 – The hatching begins

I was still in the mood for some good old dry fly fishing for trout after my winter holiday on the Kola peninsula. The conditions up north had to improve sooner or later and I wanted to be there when it happened. So, I stuck around up in northern Norway, visiting several interesting locations on…

Finnmark 2017 – Late June

It was late June and time for my annual pilgrimage to Finnmark, the northernmost part of Norway. As I drove northwards I had the usual feeling of fear that it might be too early. The fishing can be very good in this period, but if you are unlucky you could also experience flooded and icy…

Small streams on my way north

On my way north I headed up into the mountains and crossed some interesting looking smaller streams. It was then I saw it, a nice rise in a stream just next to the road. I pulled over immediately and made my way over to a small hill overlooking the stream. And then I saw the…

Trying to catch a salmon

Atlantic salmon is one of the most sought-after fish in Norway, both for their strength and the excellent taste. Many fishermen spend their summers next to a Norwegian salmon river hoping they will be the lucky ones to hook up to a feisty piece of chrome goodness. I had heard many tales of frustration and…

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…

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…