a thousand theories

In late august this year I travelled to Finnmark, the far north of scandinavia. The idea was to catch my first proper salmon.
Now, if you follow Frontsidefly, you now I try to avoid anything related to salmon. Mainly because it’s quite strongly linked to big sinking flies. However, Finnmark is one of the most beautiful places and rumours told me there was a possibility to catch salmon on a dry fly!?

strandskata

oystercatcher outside the mouth of a well known salmon river

This trip was not a Frontsidefly trip.  Stefan had disappeared somewhere in the Swedish mountains  a week earlier. Lately he has been very focused on fishing the upper, upper parts of rivers. That can sometimes lead to us losing contact for weeks. Anyhow,  it was not a Frontsidefly trip. It was a trip I made after a strange phone call  in the middle of august.

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Tommy Josefsen and Robert Selfors. One is claiming something, the other one disagrees.

On the line I had mr Robert Selfors who offered me a job, documenting a trip to the far north of scandinavia. Two weeks later I sat in a car together with Robert and Tommy Josefsen. I had never met Tommy before, but I did recognize him from many photos with ridiculously big fish. My plan was to do a lot of talking during the trip, but from the moment I sat down in the car my plan changed, I started to do some serious listening instead. That’s something I rarely do, but it is quite fun. Robert and Tommy were both salmon fishermen but they represented two very different salmon fishing cultures. So the rest of the trip I spent listening to them arguing about different approaches on salmon fishing. I could keep writing about them, but then I have filmed some disscussion between them so I guess it’s easier if you just press play.

sunet

Just another ugly morning north of you.

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Low tide outside Laksälv.

rolfgrlise

I thought I had caught my first salmon, but apparently a fish that size is just a grilse, and not even close to being a salmon.