Mikael Frödin Biography

Mikael Frödin was born in September 1961 and is presently living by the lake Valloxen in Knivsta, Sweden. He shares his life with his two sons Gustaf and Jakob born in ‘94 and ‘97. The boys have both been on fishing trips since before they could walk and have both since long experienced the thrill of landing their first Atlantic salmon.

Mikael started tying his own flies at the age of thirteen and shortly thereafter his creations started giving him his first sought after sea trout. Since the age of 18 he has lived as a professional fly tyer and salmon angler. Much of his time behind the vise has been devoted to the hunt for “The perfect tube fly”. Mikael early stated that a great fly should look like it will bite the leader and swim off by itself.

Guiding Days
During the 80’s and the 90’s Mikael worked as a guide on some of Scandinavia’s best salmon rivers. It gave him interesting contacts and the possibility to meet and fish with fishing celebrities such as Joan and Lee Wulf, Stan Bogdan, Erni Schweibert, Billy Pate, Nathaniel Reed, Hugh Faulkus, Arthur Ogelsby and many more. These years was great inspiration and also irreplaceable experience. The guiding days have now changed to coaching and his much appreciated “Master Class” fishing school held on some of the world’s best salmon rivers.

Magazines and TV
Mikael wrote his first article in the fishing press in the beginning of the 80’s and is today an acknowledged writer of the leading sport fishing magazines all over the world. He has contributed in many salmon and fly tying books where the most well known book ought to be his own “Classic Salmon Flies” that was published in over 50.000 copies in 5 different languages.

Mikael, 1984

Mikael guiding Lee Wulff

42 lbs, Litza, selfie

2017 he finally published a modern pattern collection of some of his best known flies “My Salmon Flies” which now is on its second printing. Mikael has also worked with several TV productions both in Sweden and abroad as well as participated in many acknowledged film productions including “Alta – I storlaxens rike”, "ASR Home for Salmon" and the new Patagonia production “Artifishal”.

Irreplaceable Experience
Mikael promised himself early that the work within the fishing industry wouldn’t intrude on his fishing days. The last 35 years he has fished more than 100 days per year all over the world. There are not many places where you can fish for Atlantic salmon, where he hasn’t been yet. Apart from the salmon fishing, he also has lots of experience from fishing sea trout and steelhead. The last 20 years he has travelled yearly to salt water destinations, where the favorite fish is the mighty tarpon. Mikael’s fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world. He has landed thousands of salmon, sea trout and steelhead over the years which have given him the extensive experience he has today.

Note from Lee Wulff

“Mikaels fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world.”

His qualification list holds one salmon over 50 pounds, twenty over 40 pounds, several hundreds over 30 lbs and ten sea trout over 22 pounds, which makes him undoubtedly one of the most experienced, well-known and successful salmon angler of Scandinavia.

A Pioneer
Since the beginning of the 80’s Mikael has been an active participant in the development of salmon flies and tackle and is today one of the most important actors behind the “Scandinavian Style”. Among the most popular and pioneering products is the SALAR series of hooks, fly tying materials, fly boxes and wallets, SSS synthetic materials as well as FITS tube system and cones that have revolutionized tube fly tying all over the world. He started his career as an innovative fly tier early on and a lot of the standard techniques and thoughts on salmon flies and fishing of today descend from his fly tying vise. Here you can read more about Frödin Designs.

Environmental Work
Mikael has through the years worked with a devotion for Atlantic salmon conservation. He has through his writing, blog and social media increasingly worked against overfishing, hatcheries and fish farming problems. He has also greatly contributed to spreading the catch and release policy. He is a board member of Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse and Östersjöälvar I Samverkan. Mikael stands on the wild fish side and his commitment to conservation runs deep as evidenced by his guiding philosophy. “Any wild fish are worth more than a million hatched – any ecosystem is worth more than all the money in the world”. Click here to read about the Fight for the Wild Salmon.

Mikael Frödin Biography

Mikael Frödin was born in September 1961 and is presently living by the lake Valloxen in Knivsta, Sweden. He shares his life with his two sons Gustaf and Jakob born in ‘94 and ‘97. The boys have both been on fishing trips since before they could walk and have both since long experienced the thrill of landing their first Atlantic salmon.

Mikael started tying his own flies at the age of thirteen and shortly thereafter his creations started giving him his first sought after sea trout. Since the age of 18 he has lived as a professional fly tyer and salmon angler. Much of his time behind the vise has been devoted to the hunt for “The perfect tube fly”. Mikael early stated that a great fly should look like it will bite the leader and swim off by itself.

Guiding Days
During the 80’s and the 90’s Mikael worked as a guide on some of Scandinavia’s best salmon rivers. It gave him interesting contacts and the possibility to meet and fish with fishing celebrities such as Joan and Lee Wulf, Stan Bogdan, Erni Schweibert, Billy Pate, Nathaniel Reed, Hugh Faulkus, Arthur Ogelsby and many more. These years was great inspiration and also irreplaceable experience. The guiding days have now changed to coaching and his much appreciated “Master Class” fishing school held on some of the world’s best salmon rivers.

Mikael guiding Lee Wulff

Magazines and TV
Mikael wrote his first article in the fishing press in the beginning of the 80’s and is today an acknowledged writer of the leading sport fishing magazines all over the world. He has contributed in many salmon and fly tying books where the most well known book ought to be his own “Classic Salmon Flies” that was published in over 50.000 copies in 5 different languages.

2017 he finally published a modern pattern collection of some of his best known flies “My Salmon Flies” which now is on its second printing. Mikael has also worked with several TV productions both in Sweden and abroad as well as participated in many acknowledged film productions including “Alta – I storlaxens rike”, "ASR Home for Salmon" and the new Patagonia production “Artifishal”.

42 lbs, Litza, selfie

Irreplaceable Experience
Mikael promised himself early that the work within the fishing industry wouldn’t intrude on his fishing days. The last 35 years he has fished more than 100 days per year all over the world. There are not many places where you can fish for Atlantic salmon, where he hasn’t been yet. Apart from the salmon fishing, he also has lots of experience from fishing sea trout and steelhead. The last 20 years he has travelled yearly to salt water destinations, where the favorite fish is the mighty tarpon. Mikael’s fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world. He has landed thousands of salmon, sea trout and steelhead over the years which have given him the extensive experience he has today.

His qualification list holds one salmon over 50 pounds, twenty over 40 pounds, several hundreds over 30 lbs and ten sea trout over 22 pounds, which makes him undoubtedly one of the most experienced, well-known and successful salmon angler of Scandinavia.

“Mikaels fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world.”

A Pioneer
Since the beginning of the 80’s Mikael has been an active participant in the development of salmon flies and tackle and is today one of the most important actors behind the “Scandinavian Style”. Among the most popular and pioneering products is the SALAR series of hooks, fly tying materials, fly boxes and wallets, SSS synthetic materials as well as FITS tube system and cones that have revolutionized tube fly tying all over the world. He started his career as an innovative fly tier early on and a lot of the standard techniques and thoughts on salmon flies and fishing of today descend from his fly tying vise. Here you can read more about Frödin Designs.

Environmental Work
Mikael has through the years worked with a devotion for Atlantic salmon conservation. He has through his writing, blog and social media increasingly worked against overfishing, hatcheries and fish farming problems. He has also greatly contributed to spreading the catch and release policy. He is a board member of Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse and Östersjöälvar I Samverkan. Mikael stands on the wild fish side and his commitment to conservation runs deep as evidenced by his guiding philosophy. “Any wild fish are worth more than a million hatched – any ecosystem is worth more than all the money in the world”. Click here to read about the Fight for the Wild Salmon.

Mikael Frödin Biography

Mikael Frödin was born in September 1961 and is presently living by the lake Valloxen in Knivsta, Sweden. He shares his life with his two sons Gustaf and Jakob born in ‘94 and ‘97. The boys have both been on fishing trips since before they could walk and have both since long experienced the thrill of landing their first Atlantic salmon.

Mikael started tying his own flies at the age of thirteen and shortly thereafter his creations started giving him his first sought after sea trout. Since the age of 18 he has lived as a professional fly tyer and salmon angler. Much of his time behind the vise has been devoted to the hunt for “The perfect tube fly”. Mikael early stated that a great fly should look like it will bite the leader and swim off by itself.

Guiding Days
During the 80’s and the 90’s Mikael worked as a guide on some of Scandinavia’s best salmon rivers. It gave him interesting contacts and the possibility to meet and fish with fishing celebrities such as Joan and Lee Wulf, Stan Bogdan, Erni Schweibert, Billy Pate, Nathaniel Reed, Hugh Faulkus, Arthur Ogelsby and many more. These years was great inspiration and also irreplaceable experience. The guiding days have now changed to coaching and his much appreciated “Master Class” fishing school held on some of the world’s best salmon rivers.

Mikael guiding Lee Wulff

Magazines and TV
Mikael wrote his first article in the fishing press in the beginning of the 80’s and is today an acknowledged writer of the leading sport fishing magazines all over the world. He has contributed in many salmon and fly tying books where the most well known book ought to be his own “Classic Salmon Flies” that was published in over 50.000 copies in 5 different languages.

2017 he finally published a modern pattern collection of some of his best known flies “My Salmon Flies” which now is on its second printing. Mikael has also worked with several TV productions both in Sweden and abroad as well as participated in many acknowledged film productions including “Alta – I storlaxens rike”, "ASR Home for Salmon" and the new Patagonia production “Artifishal”.

42 lbs, Litza, selfie

Irreplaceable Experience
Mikael promised himself early that the work within the fishing industry wouldn’t intrude on his fishing days. The last 35 years he has fished more than 100 days per year all over the world. There are not many places where you can fish for Atlantic salmon, where he hasn’t been yet. Apart from the salmon fishing, he also has lots of experience from fishing sea trout and steelhead. The last 20 years he has travelled yearly to salt water destinations, where the favorite fish is the mighty tarpon. Mikael’s fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world. He has landed thousands of salmon, sea trout and steelhead over the years which have given him the extensive experience he has today.

His qualification list holds one salmon over 50 pounds, twenty over 40 pounds, several hundreds over 30 lbs and ten sea trout over 22 pounds, which makes him undoubtedly one of the most experienced, well-known and successful salmon angler of Scandinavia.

“Mikaels fishing journal shows he has spent more than 6.000 days on rivers around the world.”

A Pioneer
Since the beginning of the 80’s Mikael has been an active participant in the development of salmon flies and tackle and is today one of the most important actors behind the “Scandinavian Style”. Among the most popular and pioneering products is the SALAR series of hooks, fly tying materials, fly boxes and wallets, SSS synthetic materials as well as FITS tube system and cones that have revolutionized tube fly tying all over the world. He started his career as an innovative fly tier early on and a lot of the standard techniques and thoughts on salmon flies and fishing of today descend from his fly tying vise. Here you can read more about Frödin Designs.

Environmental Work
Mikael has through the years worked with a devotion for Atlantic salmon conservation. He has through his writing, blog and social media increasingly worked against overfishing, hatcheries and fish farming problems. He has also greatly contributed to spreading the catch and release policy. He is a board member of Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse and Östersjöälvar I Samverkan. Mikael stands on the wild fish side and his commitment to conservation runs deep as evidenced by his guiding philosophy. “Any wild fish are worth more than a million hatched – any ecosystem is worth more than all the money in the world”. Click here to read about the Fight for the Wild Salmon.