First time fly fishing in Kjarra in Iceland

l1090290Summer went by like a thunderstorm and Im still absorbing the mere thought of fall, not nearly ready to say goodbye to the Icelandic fly fishing season…
Lack of fishing makes you think back and relive the memories from the trips this past summer and I cant else but look back with a big smile.

Going to a new river for the first time is always special, its like knowing Christmas is coming and you know you get a gift but you don’t know what it is. You don’t know if you will love the river, catch something or nothing… its exciting. Read more

My day in a nutshell – Fly Fishing in Iceland

L1080919I didn’t expect to go fishing… but the rod was in the car and waders getting too dry for summer so before I knew it I was out at the river again. Happy.

As I didn’t have any plans, I didn’t have the right equipment ,which is, well.. no good. I needed a sinking tip and only had a floating line. I looked through my flies and found “a secret fly”, given to me by a good friend Valli. He gave me this fly to use for the Blanda river in the north which has deep pools, and it was still lying there waiting in the box. Fantastic, this will do! This fly was heavier than my ass weighs on Christmas evening after eating the whole holiday cookies from Santa. Perfect. Read more

Salmon fishing bonanza in Iceland in Blanda river!

EMagnusson-5330Where to start… I was going to Blanda beat 1 in Iceland for the salmon fishing opening 5-7th June last. The opening started at 7am but I could not be there until for the second half at 16.00. I knew how many salmon had gone up the ladder earlier so this was headed for an adventure. Even so nothing could prepare me for the news I got that morning. My father called me at 9am to tell me they had already caught 18 salmon on the first two hours on 4 rods!?! Read more

Fishing with family, funny but memorable moments

IMG_2186I grew up fishing with my family and some of my most memorable moments throughout the years have been on fishing holidays with them. It is precious to have a hobby like fishing that you can share with your loved ones, but when it comes to fishing… all is fair in love and war and our family is no different. Even though we enjoy fishing together we prank and cheat each other like mad people when it comes to fishing. Especially me and dad. Read more

Interview with Mariko Izumi on her fishing adventures

IMG_2085[1]I hooked up with the charming Mariko Izumi on the fishing show in Edmonton Canada over the weekend and interviewed her on her fishing adventures.
Mariko is best known as the host of the World Fishing Network´s (WFN) Hookin´Up, which is a fishing show that features fishing and fun in some of the hottest locations on the planet.
Since getting into the TV fishing business in 2007, Mariko has presented a web series on the current events of the fishing industry and hosted her own series. She is also on top of all that a proud partner of F3T Canada – the Fly Fishing Film Tour.

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My favorite place flyfishing in Iceland

IMG_2011Iceland is, in general, a wonderful place to fly fish and widely known as the mecca for Atlantic Salmon fishing. What I think is some of the most fascinating about Icelandic rivers is how different they are from each other, and even when staying on one river you can have pools that look so different from each other it even feels you have changed rivers as the scenery is so broad.

One of my most favorite places on Earth would be the Stora Laxa river, specifically beat 4 of the river, which is both the most beautiful and most challenging beat of the river. This is by far one of the most magical places I have seen. Read more

Fishing in Iceland on a budget advice

 

IMG_3788Iceland is known over the world as the mecca for salmon fishing and is a place where many anglers dream of going fly fishing. I have often had questions about fishing in Iceland and have run into the misunderstanding that all fishing in Iceland is so pricey that it is not for everyone´s wallet.

Iceland is, for a good reason, the dream destination for fly fishing with endless rivers and possibilities for fishing with exclusive access in beautiful surroundings. In today´s world, it is precious to get time away from the stress and experience raw nature.

I have been organizing trips to Iceland with our family business for a long time, different kind of trips fishing and would like to share some of my thoughts and advise on fishing on a budget in Iceland. Read more

Down by the river – my most memorable catch

Angling iQ is throwing an Atlantic salmon week on the app which made me think of salmon.. a lot. Not that I wasn´t thinking about it before but it made me think of what was my greatest catch so far, or most memorable.

blanda 1IMG_3307It was a couple years back in the north when I headed to the countryside with my friend Maggi. On the way we listened to the song Down by the river by Milky Chance repeatedly. Very suitable for the coming adventure. We were going fishing the Blanda beat 1 in the north. What is great about this beat is the high catch statistic but at the same time the huge and strong salmon that can be found there. Monsters hiding down under. The beat is divided between 4 rods and 4 pools which makes it not that big and what I find fascinating is that you can closely watch other anglers and interact with them a bit while not fishing the same pool, tackling different fish. Especially on the upper part of the beat, where there are 2 pools opposite each other, often called Dammurinn and Holan. Read more

The river that takes my breath away

L1000679My father had for a long time told me about this river many years ago, The Stora Laxa. I must admit I was fond of his stories of the view there and breathtaking photos but something kept me back. Weather it was that I was busy having a great time at another river catching masses or my hidden inconfidence thinking I could not fish this challenging river. I was used to heavy tackle, sinking tips and not so delicate fishing as the Stora Laxa required, it is the heaven for floating lines and the riffling hitch.

My father used to call me, dead tired and tell me he worked hard all day and finally caught this strong big salmon, I used to think; “why is he doing this, he is making it harder then it has to be”… well the salmon is big but non the less he worked all day for it and caught one while I maybe was catching 10 at another river with higher catch statistics. The happiness in his voice couldn’t have been hidden and it got my curiosity rising higher then any other emotion. Read more

From swapping trout for chocolate to chasing salmon!

I have been fishing ever since I can remember and I have been blessed meeting a lot of great people through fishing and hearing their stories. I love being around other people and hearing about their journey and with this blog I hope to bring both mine and other anglers stories to life. Not stories about who caught the biggest fish or how. But their memories, because sometimes fishing is not about the biggest fish but the journey behind it – the nature, the learning, mishaps and the people you meet along the way. For me that is fishing.

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