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

Why fishing in Greenland is bucket-list material.

IMG_1898Currently located in Denmark and suppose to be packing bags and moving back to Iceland but with my mind located in Greenland fishing. That formula is bound to go south.
IMG_0804I regularly post photos on Instagram and have gathered some of my favorite memories from Greenland last summer. Greenland is by far the wildest place on earth for char fishing where there are thousands of rivers and lakes, full of Arctic Char. Because of the enormous territory and relatively few inhabitants in Greenland, many of these fishing areas are hardly fished at all and some rivers have not seen an angler – ever. 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

Video fly fishing in Laxa in Adaldalur, Iceland

My adventure in video from fly fishing Laxa in Adaldalur river, NES beat in the north of Iceland with my father, Arni Baldursson. We stayed for 3 days in hard conditions.. more to come later. Hope you enjoy it seen from my eyes!

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The paradise I found in Greenland

_DSC4474Years ago I never imagined Greenland would be a destination of mine in the near future, that country that looked so huge and completely white on the map was not really on my mind but now, sometimes it is all that is on my mind.

I got on the plane with Bjork, my cousin, from Iceland and headed over to Greenland for flyfishing. As we flew over Greenland I saw the most dramatic nature I have ever seen from above, there was nothing but ice, big and small, floating and icebergs all over the place. I zipped my jacket up and got quite cold watching this and laughed that I brought mosquito spray_DSC3735, I could just as well be on the north pole! As ever before the last laugh was on myself as I landed and looked like an fully clothed Eskimo stepping from the plane in 19°c and got greeted by a mosquito on my way out!

I met with the group at the camp and Simon, a longtime friend and camp manager, as we arrived to the lodge, which looked absolutely amazing in this remote area and luxurious within walking distance from the home pool.

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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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