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A fantastic day’s fishing!
2018-09-15  18:02

Dalälven used to be one of the greatest wild salmon rivers in Scandinavia. Once it produced hundreds of thousands of great wild fish. Big dams blocked, and the river have now for more than hundred years been depended on hatcheries – that’s a shame!

The small little stream leading on the side of the power station carry’s 12 m2 of water, the whole river normally between 2-500. The little river is divided in 4 pools fished by 4 people. Thousands of fish enter, some over 50 and even 60 lbs. Of course, it’s not natural and just not as good as a wild river would be, but it’s very popular.

Our Day
We won the highest bid and got the chance to fish. It was me Peter, Adam and with photographer Johan shooting for the new book project. The forth guy Henrik was a new great acquaintance. I started on beat 3 and with my small Pahtakorva TTT I landed one great 4 kilo sea trout and lost a few, beat 4 also gave some nice fish, broke a leader on one, and with an extremely strong 5 kilo male salmon giving most fun. A good lunch and a 1,5-hour sleep in the car and then it was time for beat 1. The rain started pouring down and the fish moved around. If I say I saw 200 fish or so it’s probably too modest – there were fish all over the place! Most fun this fantastic day was the last hours on beat 2. This tail is a bit tricky with lots of big rocks and heavy rapids below. I landed three good sized salmon 12 kilo, and two around 10. Strong crazy fighting fish. I was lucky to get one of them, checking the leader afterword’s it was all ripped to pieces. Wet with a smile on my face I started the drive back with 14 great fish to the book.

Tricks & Flies
I think most important this day was the small fly and lots of speed. After half day Peter asked my what he could improve, and I said speed – he speeded up his fly to and landed 5 fish in an hour - an amazing change. If the fish are there it’s so obvious when you do things right or wrong! I must also comment on the small Nobody TTT the way it fishes is just amazing. I can’t think of anything more effective! The Pahtakorva colours blend with the water colour and the combination is just amazing.

Day 2, the lower river!
2018-08-07  18:03

The lower part of Stora Laxa is normally more productive, especially later in the season when daily catches of dozens of salmon is quite common. The upper river is the fairy tale river and the lower a bit more normal. We fished a few of the pools spending some time to take photos for the big book project. Johan Annerfelt is a superstar, some of the shoots he’s taken is probably some of the best I have ever seen, just amazing. We fished most of the beat’s nice pools and I lost a few that took careful but also got three nice fish with a female of 82 cm to be biggest. I fished my floater and also tried a little tip. As usual Dee Sheep variations worked well but also a slim Green Simple Fly tied on the new pearl tubing – actually a great looking fly. I truly like Stora Laxa it’s one of those rivers that will haunt you in your winter dreams. The fast hitch over the slick surface, the hard takes and the gin clear water. Looking into hours spent we did really well and more important we did get the footage we needed. Now we are heading north! Follow and you will see some other famous Icelandic rivers!

Stora Laxa day 1
2018-08-06  17:02

We left Scandinavia’s high pressures and it was truly refreshing to get some cold winds and rain. As you probably know you don’t go to Iceland for the weather! We drove up to what probably is the most scenic river in the whole wide world – the Stora Laxa. I have been fortunate to fish beat 4 before and also caught some nice fish. This time the river was in prefect conditions and a bit of a light rain made it perfect. Stora is one of the few rivers in Iceland where quite big flies can be effective. I fished a few pools posed for a million photos and the rest was 3 lost fish and 2 landed. The biggest I lost was probably around 8 kilos and the biggest landed around 4… A great day’s fishing. The floater and an extremely slim but quite long Dee Samurai were what produced most takes. Because of the book project we actually fished with a guide. Thorir Grétar was not only a great guy and a new good friend but also knew the river extremely well. 20 years experience is very important. Tomorrow we go down to the lower beats!

Finnmark & Alta!
2018-08-04  16:02

This year the Alta trip was restricted to only one days fishing. To make a great trip I added some things I wanted to do for a long time. I took the borrowed old Mercedes from Alta and drove over Finnmarks widda to Stabbursnes. Here one of Finnmarks many beautiful rivers, Stabburselva meets the fjord. This is an interesting area, many clear water rivers that have runs of really big fish. Fishing Alta soon 30 years I have never spend a lot of time on those rivers, but now in a way it feels I should. I fished zone 2 in Stabbur one night. Alone I walked and walked and walked... good exercise but also many beautiful pools to be fished. I caught a nice grilse on a slim hitch tube on one of the bottom pools. This little fly tied with the stealth thread on the new pearly tubing really felt the right weapon. The day after I drove to Lakselv. Visited some friends and Olderöy and was treated with great hospitality. I enjoyed the river and one day I will see what a week here can bring. A couple of days alone on a road trip, me and Neil young in the speakers – the good life.

Alta is the thing, the biggest challenge, the biggest fish. I picked up the photographer Johan Annerfelt. Johan is shooting for a common book project and of course we needed Alta to be part of it. My good friend Jan Vegard Ernsten got the fishing and invited me to join him. We fished Bollo on worst possible conditions. Below 0 zero water level, 17C and 30 C in the air – not a cloud to be seen. Hmm… sometimes we need excuses when not catching a fish, this time we got them all and it was truly difficult. We blanked, I touched three fish, closest was playing a 20-25lbs for 20 seconds before it just spitted the fly, a Pahtakorva on a large TTT – the same fly that gave me two 35+ lbs last year. Bollo is nice and Vinagorva just as nice. I showed Johan the canyon before we left for the airport, now on our way to Iceland. Iceland seems to have gathered all the low pressure for Europe. Perfect conditions with good runs in most rivers. To be honest it will be good to get some air to breath, leaving Alta at 33 C. Tonight we arrive at the magic beat 4 at Stora Laxa. Stay tuned and see if we can hit it right.

New SALAR Supreme Fly Wallets "X"
2018-08-02  11:03

Already 10 years ago we started using the concept “fly wallets”. When we launched our first SALAR Supreme Wallets with five pockets the fall 2016, we thought many would realize the advantages. But what a success it was! Today our SALAR Supreme wallets are standard in many places and every trip we meet people who say they will never go back to fly boxes. Now we give you our next generation of fly wallets. Golden brown with copper rivets, these wallets with 10 pockets are truly slick. The best way to store tube flies is without a doubt a fly wallet!

The advantages are the same as with the original, well protective, displays the flies, keeping hundreds of flies for you on the river. These two new wallets come in the same sizes, with twice the number of pockets, two ventilated for used flies. Throw your boxes and try the new even more efficient SALAR Supreme Fly Wallets!

In the webshop and your local tackle store!

2018-07-11  12:13

We drove from Bolstad passed Naeröy where there were only a few cubics of water. Stalandsfossen was impressive but the river just a little creek. Laerdal “The Queen” is inviting as alway, with only 30 m2 it was smaller and also trickier than normal. Öje is a great beat, the greatest on the lower river for sure. I remember back in the -80ies when I guided Laerdal. I spent a lot of time on the bridge looking at fisherman playing great fish in the Bridge Pool – this great pool where salmon like to stay on a bit higher water. We met some though fishing with just a few fish caught. Three days gave three very nice sea liced sea trout, one little two sea winter sea liced salmon. For sure there were more fish around than out catches showed. Not a cloud and 30C did for sure not help on the low water conditions. A 5 cm Nanook on a small TTT gave me the salmon and a small green Samurai the sea trout. The last night I gave the sea trout a good try with a tiny fly and thin leader and lost a nice 5-6 kilo fish and landed one 2 kilo covered in sea lice. On my way home the great news of Per Stadighs impressive 131 cm 23 kilo heavy fish from ¨Old Pastor¨ reached me. A great fish to a good fisher – I lift my cap with envy…

Sun sun sun... now Laerdal!
2018-07-05  10:31

I am sorry being a bit lazy not blogging like I should… the 26-30 degrees and slow fishing put me down a bit, but here’s a short report. We have now finished our Bolstad fishing. Slow fishing but on an exciting classic river. To sum up the days we got 8 fish to the bank with Bjørns 14 kilos 110 cm wild female to be the biggest. Myself I landed 3 fish but not the expected size. A 12 lbs wild female from Straumen being the biggest. That fish took a fast simple fly fished quite high. It was great to see this also being a wild fish. Even though the river has been stocked for years all our fish were wild! Nature is superior to man – it’s simple and obvious! Several of the fish took on retrieve, it’s quite clear that we more or less all the time fish our flies to slow, on a low, clear and quite warm river like this the downstream belly is often not enough. To get interest we need an even faster fly!
Now we have moved over to Laerdal. We passed Naeröydalselva and with its 6 cubics it was not as tempting is it usually is. Öje is probably the best Laerdal beat but now very tricky. Low and clear 30 degrees C in the shadow and a bright blue sky. We have 3 days… it will be 3 nights. I will get back tomorrow with first report!

Opening day at Bolstad
2018-06-29  15:16

This fantastic river met us low and quite warm. The clear blue sky without clouds did not help us either. It was a tough opening day with only 3 landed fish. Best was Björns fantastic 30 lbs that took a small orange fly while retrieving. Warm river means fast fly! Both big fish was females and both where wild fish coming from the natural spawning grounds in the river. Myself I manage to tease two fish, one pulled me slightly and one just nailed that Green Samurai but didn’t stay on – that was shit! Conditions are tough and there are very few fish running, I guess the fishing will not turn on before we get some rain - hmm next few days are going to be blue skies only! Tough but only to enjoy the days here on one of the most classic rivers of them all!

Big fish Friday!
2018-06-08  09:36

Thursday was very slow. I saw one, a big one in Julians but couldn’t make him take. On Friday the fish arrived to Kharlovka! It started with Chucky landing a good sea liced 12 lbs in Buckhannon’s run and I lost one in Sea Pool. In Long Stream I hooked a good fish and after a long and tough fight I could land a 102 cm 28lbs sea liced female. A great fish. One of this we come here for. It took a 8cm Pahtakorva and the same fly was after just a short while taken of another crazy fish. After 6 high jumps and saltomortales it came of right by the net – shit! Not 28 but a bit smaller around 20-22 lbs. Chucky got another one in Julians and was happy. He is staying to do two more weeks in salmon heaven – lucky bastard! I got a nice 10-12 lbs in Home Pool which opened the pool for the season. Fish was showing and the last hours fishiong I lost another one and saw two splashing in the tail…! The boys fishing this coming week will have a great week with perfect levels and big fish running both rivers! We summed up this early week with 16 fish, half over 20 lbs.

Fat and fresh run from the Litza!
2018-06-07  16:36

Litza is the river of heart! The most challenging, most technical and most interesting to fish. I visited Falls, fished a few cast on the middle but it was in Military Pool the first fresh fish of mine was landed. It took right where it should on a The Witch tied on the biggest TTT adapted with a loose body. This system works fantastic and also gives you the chance to change bodies, colour and thickness. Very flexible indeed! This was a strong 19 lbs, fat as a true Litza fish and beautiful like a dream. I lost one more fresh fish and actually saw the first two fresh ones for this trip. It’s slowly beginning to look like a salmon season. Chucky, my mate also landed a 23 lbs beauty opposite me – it’s always better when both catch fish. We celebrated in salmon heaven until the midnight sun asked us to go to bed.

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