Just got back from the store…

We went to a great shop today. This is what landed in the basket. 

 I also got thread from The Silk Lady. The thread is called Serafil and the man behind it is Staffan Lindstrøm. It is definately the best split-thread I have used.The Silk Lady is easy to find on FB. They also have a lot of other excellent products.

  

Finally some fishy stuff…

Me and my fishing buddy went up in the local mountains to fish a beautiful lake. The wind was pretty strong, but we saw a few fish rising. There were both mayflies, damsels and caddis in the bushes. The fishing started great and we fished through the evening until the bugs got to intense.
This is a fantastic place just an hour away from my home. Definately going up there again very soon…

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Going fishing…

I’m tying for a little trip to the local mountains. This will be my first trip of the year. I find tying interesting and motivating again. Hopefully there will be som photos, both of fish and nature. Here’s some of flies that will be fished.
A bit scruffy after a long break, but the fish will like them…

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Grey Norway – a few shots from this weekend…

FemundenThis weekend me and Espen went to one of my favourite places in Norway.  This lake is the starting point of one of the largest rivers up here and it is full of grayling. The conditions were not the best, with cold water and air as well as rain. After sort of an extreme spring the season up here is delayed almost a month. Due to the amounts of rain the water level has changed to often, making the fish uneasy at times.

Despite the bad conditions we managed to catch close to fifty graylings of about 300-600 grams in size. The pattern from the previous post was the best working fly on this trip.

Fish OnEspen playing a grayling…they fight hard even if they are relatively small.

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DanesOne always meets other fly fishermen when staying over a few days. Here are two nice danish anglers who came by one day. At one point three anglers was playing fish at the same time…

CaddisThere were lots of insects around, but they never hit the water. I´m going back here very soon…

Little trip to Austin…

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Ever since I first started reading about fly fishing I have dreamt about going to the US. I always imagined that my first trip there would be with a fly rod in my hands. Now,my first trip to the US is a fact. The reason for me going there was actually not fly fishing,but the Austin Psych Fest,a music festival celebrating rock and psychedelic music. I did not have the time to do any fishing,but I had to do something fishy. That is why I went to Orvis Store,Austin. So after spending close to a hundred dollars on a taxi ride I ended up outside my first Orvis Store. Definately not good for my credit cards,but very good for the soul…I could have spent hours and a considerable amount of dollars in this place,but I actually got a bit stressed. This was  all a bit to much for me,and I could not think straight. I ended up buying a new fishing hat,leader material and some tying materials. I also ended up with  two rods. The new Orvis Clearwater series offers a serious quality for a reasonable amount of money. This was almost like coming home for me,since I have been fishing and selling Orvis stuff for many years. This visit renewed my faith in Orvis…for the sake of my bank accounts I did not spend a very long time in the shop,besides there were concerts waiting. I will return…

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Orvis,Austin…at the Arboretum. What a fantastic sight for a fisherman.

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This is what a fly shop should look like…

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A few rods on display…my heart skipped a beat and my palms were sweating, and the credit cards were burning.

Since we did not have the time to go fishing we tested the rods in the backyard…

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Espen – double hauling in an Austin backyard…Espen is actually a skilled fisherman.

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Lars – A fly casting study…this is a fly fisherman in the making!

How long does it take…?

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I always wonder why people throw things around them when camping or fishing. Everywhere one goes you can see traces and garbage after human activity, even in the most remote places. Recently I found this list on how long it takes for nature to decompose our waste. Something to think about before we start our fishing season. Always bring your garbage home, and always make sure your camp site is clean when you leave! Recycle…

How Long does it take to Decompose:
Paper Towel – 2-4 weeks
Banana Peel – 3-4 weeks
Paper Bag – 1 month
Newspaper – 1.5 months
Apple Core – 2 months
Cardboard – 2 months
Cotton Glove – 3 months
Orange peels – 6 months
Plywood – 1-3 years
Wool Sock – 1-5 years
Milk Cartons – 5 years
Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years
Leather shoes – 25-40 years
Tinned Steel Can – 50 years
Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years
Plastic containers – 50-80 years
Aluminum Can – 200-500 years
Plastic Bottles – 450 years
Disposable Diapers – 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years
Plastic Bags – 200-1000 years

Link: http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Science/how-long-does-it-take-to-decompose.html