I travelled with my sister to Namibia in the beginning of the year for a couple of weeks. Although this is not my first time in Africa I must I am more and more fond of it every time I visit, this was my first visit to Namibia but definitely not the last.
I went to fishing shows in Austria, Germany and Canada which I enjoyed very much, held my first fishing speech in Canada which shook my nerves quite a bit.
One of the most fascinating and enjoyable experiences was being part of the new BBC program, Earth Wildest Waters: The Big Fish. Being part of the great team, meeting fantastic anglers and witness truly that when you are having fun working with what you love, it isn´t really work anymore. Here below on photo with Ben Fogle and Matt Hayes.
Shortly after I returned to Scotland where I have spent a couple of weeks over spring since I was a kid fishing on the Dee. Scotland is a great part of the year for me and I love visiting there and driving through the countrysides, a truly beautiful place.
Summer came finally and started in Greenland for me. I have always thought about Greenland as a once in a lifetime experience but am realizing more and more that I was completely wrong, I need to go there again. Loving the outdoors and remoteness of the country I really enjoyed its uniqueness. Hiking in unexplored places with my fishing rod passing icebergs in 18c… yes, that is for me!
Greenland sure got the fishing butterflies out of my stomach… or the most part and got me more relaxed after catching a lot there. For me I found that was therefore the perfect place to start my summer.
In Iceland I fished most of the summer for salmon, in some of my favorite places and some new, I fished for the first time in the famous Laxa in Adaldalur NES beat, despite the unusual cold weather I enjoyed it tremendously and loved fighting and landing my first Adaldalur salmon and getting to know this interesting river. I spent a lot of time on Stora Laxa river and Asgardur river with friends and family.
I took my 7 year old daughter trout fishing, after she caught lots of trout on bait she was and is still certain she is a much better angler than both me and her grandfather… and suggested we should just give her our fishing gear as it was obvious that she would have more use for it.
As summer turned to snow I was lucky enough to visit Mexico for the first time with Angling iQ. I came for the Permit but realized after a few days I enjoyed the Snook and Tarpon chasing much more… possibly something to do with the fact that the permits were more interested in closely examining my fly rather than actually swallowing the damn thing. I loved the tactic behind fishing the Snook and look forward going back with more experience in my backpack.
I closed the year in Iceland with friends and family and am now back organizing trips for other anglers in Iceland and other places around the world. Though I have been doing this for years, there is something special about helping other anglers setting up their dream trip and following their trips as well.
I wrote fishing articles for various magazines and recently had the Profile of a Fly Fisherman in Fin Chasers which was just out, here and had my first article in Russian to be published in the nearest issue of the Russian fly Fishing Magazine.
I hope you enjoyed your year and have a wonderful time in 2016, “warmest” regards from Iceland… hope we will get some sun any time soon.
All my best,