Some years ago we went to New Zealand for a trip of our lifetime. Everything was perfect in theory. We had lot´s of time, we were seven friends and we thought we had a pretty good idea of where to find some big trout. However, the plan didn’t work. Most if them failed due to the rain. The weather haunted us for five weeks and totally destroyed some of our big plans.
Gabbe’s plans didn’t work good either.
Rolf’s plans worked better.
Sjödén’s plans too.
Thanks to the lemmings we had some black gold on the trip.
One of my plans was to gather footage on all my friends since they’re some pretty strange and weird individuals. That plan didn’t work out either. Nevertheless, this is a video of three of them. If you watch it and feel it makes no sense you probably right. It doesn’t.
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About two years ago we went to Slovenia. Ever since we have wanted to return, not just for the fantastic nature and the ridiculously clear rivers but also for the early season dodding.
Clear water and weird pools, what more can one ask for? Photo: Emilie Björkman
However, the previously travelers were scattered. Mattson was focusing on some sort of career and I can’t really understand how one can put the career first and the dodding second. Patrik was busy distributing Klinkhammer hook 16 the Scandinavian anglers and Rolf, well.. he was hiding in in a shelter trying to get some footage of a strange bird.
This is what we came for.
That left me and Emilie and we quickly decided to travel south in early may for a couple of days of sight fishing. The first thing I realized when we arrived was that I had forgot the hot shoe adapter for the tripod which made it useless. So there we were, no stabilization for the camera and tough fishing conditions due to the weather.
Even if the conditions sucked, the fishing didn’t.
Anyhow, we managed to hook some trout with help from the best guide out there – Matt Calderano. If you’re ever in Slovenia, make sure to visit him.
I tried to make a story from the footage we got from the trip and it’s the first time ever that I have tried to narrate one. I also realize that 10 mins of footage might be a bit too long for your patience. However, I just wanted to give it a try so please have mercy on me trying.
There are several species that we target as anglers. For us, the surface feeding trout are the main target. Sometimes however, when the dodding season is over we search for other species. The northern pike is one of them. Thumps up for the pike.
Oh and also, here’s an older video we forgot to publish at out site.
Here are two short videos from a trip we made in 2013. The conditions were really bad except for a few hours during our whole stay.
We have all been there right? Those days or trips when you either scare all fish or loose them. This is a short video illustrating just those days.
Emilie hikes in to the river valley in Norway.
Waiting for the rise.
Thanks to www.looptackle.com and www.haglofs.com for help with gear.
When we went to the Laivabäcken river earlier this year I didn’t care that much to gather footage since Rolf had his new bad ass camera and ran around like a little lemming high on too much coffee shooting rises and flying insects. Rolf was suppose to make a series of episodes from the epic fishing we found during the summer but as you might have seen, the footage was unfortunately lost forever.
Since we relayed on Rolf’s ability to gather footage we others didn’t put much effort into it. We just filmed some scenes but with no intention of making anything serious with it. Nevertheless, I had a quick look at the footage and realized it made no sense at all. However, when the footage make no sense at all one can always use the same old trick – find a happy song and put together a music video which makes no sense at all other than the fact that the song is really good, which makes the trick.
I decided to call it Meanwhile behind the scenes because it’s something in-between Meanwhile Upstream and Meanwhile downstream.
Ulf at www.ammarnasfishing.com for the epic fishing.
Gordon at www.looptackle.com
Haglöfs at www.haglofs.com
Lemmelkaffe at www.lemmelkaffe.com
Sometimes things goes a way you did’nt expect them to do. Like for instance, you buy a new car and it breaks down after a week or the trout you thought was a huge one turns out to be a small grayling. The world is full of surprises and this video is an illustration of it.
Things are not always as they seem – frontsidefly.com 2014 from Stefan Ågren on Vimeo.
As you probably have seen we went to New Zealand a few months ago. The purpose of the trip was to find untouched wilderness, crystal clear rivers and large trout. But as usual when we head somewhere, no matter if it’s in Sweden or the other side of the world the rain always follow us. I was there for seven weeks and five of those were spoiled with high and dirty rivers. However, that’s normal life for us and fortunately one trip was epic which pretty much was the rescuer for the whole stay. We found heaven, or as mr Mark Knopfler would have described it – Shangri-La.
Or is this paradise?
This is a short music-video-type of video I made for LOOP tackle for a sportfishing fair. My idea wasn’t to publish this one but instead try to edit a longer feature. However, the DoD season has started and it’s better to be out there fishing instead of sitting in front of the computer trying to make a video that would suck anyway. So here it is, the day we found paradise!
LOOP FSFLY – Shangri La from Stefan Ågren on Vimeo.
Last year we were invited to fish in an untouched river in the county of Jämtland, northern Sweden. Per-Erik, the CEO of the area wanted us to try a small river where he knew there was some fairly large trout. We asked him if they ate on the surface and if there was any chance to sight fish for them. Per-Erik just laughed and said yes to our questions.
Yes there was excellent sight fishing in the small river.
We can highly recommend a visit to the area. Per-Erik manages the fishery in a sustaniable way and makes sure that the pressure on these small rivers is kept low.
Cast, strike, fish on!
This is a short promo from the area. Make sure to visit www.anariset.se if you want to learn more about the area.
Flugfiske hos www.anariset.se from Stefan Ågren on Vimeo.
Last summer we went up to the Scandis as usual, the mountain range where Sweden boarder to Norway and where most of the major rivers are born which flows either east to the Norwegian sea or east to the Baltic sea. Many of them still holds good populations of salmon but way too many of them have been destroyed by hydropower developement. There are fortunately still areas where the nature and wilderness is still absolutely stunning, so if you haven’t been there yet you should rethink your future plans.
If I go reverse in my memory I want to be just there right now.
This video is named Backsidefly just because sometimes it feels like a memory is better if you play it backwards, you end up with remembering the very best parts of everything about fly fishing. The moment when the trout takes the fly take and the adventure of getting there. The video is also some sort of a trailer for a longer feature of the trip. It will be released sometimes before summer I hope.
Backsidefly – Frontsidefly.com 2014 from Stefan Ågren on Vimeo.