Fly tying – The ant

One of the “must have´s” in the dry fly boxes when fishing lakes in Norway is the ant, with or without the wings. It is easy to tie and demand few materials. The nutritious ant living in the norwegian woods are irresistable for the trout and you can fish it almost through out the whole season.

Hook: Any barbless dry hook in sizes 12-16. I tend to use Hends 404BL or 454BL.
Body: Cut foam in a thin strip, about 3 mm, a bit longer than the hook.
Body dubbing: Any black og dark brown, or a mix of the two.
Wings: Acutaly any material that can symbolise wings. A piece from a plastic bag, just make sure to strecht it out.
Legs: Hackle matching the size of the hook. Three or four turns is enough.

When the Going Gets Tough

Photo cred Espen Ørud
Vebjørn Kielland punishing the ArcticSilver Free-Flex tropic shark style fighting an 18 pound salmon. Photo cred Espen Ørud

Recently I got signed with my sponsor ArcticSilver Innovation in Norway. The moment I signed the deal, boss Robert Selfors, asked me to go on a trip fishing for sea trout and salmon in Finnmark, a place I always wanted to go fishing. I will try not to bore you with stories about when I forgot all my rods at the airport, far away from where we sat basecamp. Or the night, when we worn out, on our way back from the river got pulled over in the middle of nowhere because they had a check on seat belt and drivers license, which I did not bring into the wild, and actually talked my way out of a ticket.


ArcticSilver Free-Flex – the pink elephant

norwegian highlands arctic silver

So far this season I have walked many rivers. I have met all kinds of fly fishers. Thin. Fat. Young. Old. Old school. New school. DoD-friends. Trout murders … and so on. They all have one thing in common when they discover the cold piece in my hand. The gaze!


Meditation time

First dry fly trips of the year is like waking up. You find yourself on your knee on a mire. No wind. Sun thaw you up. No action. Almost in a meditating state of mind. Aware of the easy spooked fish. Not making any moves. You just sit there. With tons of theories spinning in your head. Ant? Mosquito? Spring mosquito? Leader too thin? Too thick? Too short? Any thought makes you doubt in your choices. But then again, the ant always works. With or without wings.


Seatrout bonanza

The last few weeks has given us really good seatrout fishing mid in Norway. Loads of trout in the fjords, and we see a lot of big fish as well. Our best experiences has been with a varieties of shrimps but on days with no wind the silver torpedoes goes crazy about the scuds in shallow water. This spring we have been chasing the silver of the fjords all over west- and eastside of the fjords south of Oslo, and the west coast of Sweden. Same result all over the map – tons of seatrout! Not much river walking but many milage behind the wheel …


Spring and scud = Klympen

Spring sprung early this year. At the moment there are alot of trout in the Norwegian fjords. You find them if you look and when you do you will find lots of them. Since the season started this early both the scud and the
polychaetes (børstemark in Norwegian) are in full action in the fjords.

scud, klympen, loppe
A variant of Klympen, a Danish scud pattern.

polychaetes, børstemark, borstorm, sandmask
The polychaetes, or børstemark in Norwegian

Heptagenia sulphurea

One of my favourite mayflies are the bright, almost nuclear, yellow Heptagenia sulphurea. The yellow sails floating down the silent stream in july are one of the best times to experience as a dry fly junkie. I love the danica and the vulgata because of its majestic size, but that bright yellow mirroring a dark stream is something else. Estetic. iWalkRivers gives you the emerger, dun, spent and an SBS on our spent.
(Notice 1; the color of the spent most likely should be a more rusty shade)
(Notice 2; the emerging sulphurea emerges in its total under the surface and swims to the surface fully emerged. So the question if its needed is totally valid. However, this is our vision of the emerging sulph)

heptagenia sulphurea mayfly

heptagenia sulphurea mayfly

spent sulphurea

spent sulphurea SBS

heptagenia sulphurea emerger

Emerging days

Snow is melting and winther has soon left us behind. Sun ad more hours to the clock. Emerging days rips ice from rivers and lakes apart.

One of my fav hooks for emergers is the Knapek Pupa in a variaty of sizes. For body I use a lot of Polish Quill, just love the material and the colors. Below are three different that are suppose to represent three different emerging stages.

Buzzers in the making

This spring when the huge trout focus on the mosquito larva …

Première en 2014

Its over with. First trip of 2014 is done. It was a pretty sweet start of the season. A 4.4 pound solid silver torpedo ended up in the net. The salty taste of norwegian fjord started the season, as always.


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