To chose the most effective fly is of course tempting. However, it depends on whether it’s a “true fly” or not. Some say it’s stupid to have any rules in fly fishing, but I do not agree. If you strive for the most effective way to catch trout then the whole idea of fly fishing is stupid. But when your friend is catching one dream trout after another is hard to hold onto your principles. This episode is about the inglorious “Ismopuppan”.
Finnmark is a dry fly fishing paradise at the very northern edge of Europe. When Håvard and I arrived there was a strong wind blowing from the north and 7 degrees Celsius. We tried to handle the situation with a whiskey bottle and a cheap cabin. It turned out to be more difficult than I expected. You have different friends for different occasions, and Håvard is a good friend while fishing, but after two days in the tiny cabin I started to get fed up with the endless flow of jazz-references. Only an unexpected mayfly hatch could save our friendship.
The most important skill for a catch & release fly fisher is probably to be able to cook good porridge. Much like the successful fly fishermen Frederik Hamrå and Johan Jonsson. Neither Håvard or me have any skill at that so we are forced to go old-school, catch & kill, In the second episode of this little series, we’re still by Parkipaiccajohka in Finland.
Finding food isn’t a problem during the arctic summer but there are other difficulties. During the second day by the river, we lost around 3,4 litres of blood to the mosquitoes. Not too bad, just about average for a good day of fishing out there.
I’m not sure this episode is so good. I thought of changing it or just skip it, but then I decided to trust Håvard. “I agree that the third episode is better, but there is more fish in episode 2 and people generally like that.”
Every summer I collect some fly fishing footage but I rarely have a plan what to do with it. This winter I decided to put together some sort of web series that will be called “mosquitoes & mayflies”.
The first few episodes will probably incude footage from a trip to the very northern border of Europe. This episode is from when me and Håvard (from jazz and fly fishing) visited a very special river in northern Finland. It’s a well-kept secret due to its enormous trouts and massive mayfly hatches.
I got some great reviews:
“The first half didn’t really do it for me, but I like the second half” / Peter A Christensen – fly fisher and anthropologist.
“The middle part is a little too long and slow” / Frederik Laks Lorentzen – fly shop owner ( ved vandet ) and film maker.