Today I spend almost all my free time during the summer months fly fishing and marketing rivers, gear and other fly fishing related stuff. You can find me chasing Atlantic salmon, sea trout, Arctic char and resident brown trout in some of Iceland’s most pristine rivers and lakes.
I am a fly fisher & fish biologist from Waterford, Ireland. I can usually be found somewhere close to running water with a fly rod in hand trying to catch a fish, or with a camera strapped around my neck trying to capture a special fly fishing moment, or both.
Every year I learn something new about this fish, there is always something that surprises me. Why does it take our fly? Color combinations, size of the fly, what depth we fish on, speed of the fly etc. There is always something new to take in. This is what keeps me going.
I have been an international guide for 16 years. From Seychelles to Norway and SA to Oman, Ihave been lucky to see so many great destinations in the past few years. In recent years I have been guiding every summer in Norway for the latter part of my guiding career, and for 7 seasons i have been fortunate to call the Årøy River my home.
I’ve been flyfishing for somewhat 25 years and still learning. There is that saying that ”the tug is the drug”, and that is really something that I can relate to, I’m always after that tug, as often as I possibly can.
I am very proud to have shared our knowledge and skills in fly fishing and fly dressing with fishermen, for more than 25 years; from teaching the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, and techniques, to advance angling concepts and fly dressing. I dress the original custom flies, which have distinctive fly fishing traditions.
When I was twelve years old, on the first day of the summer holliday, I broke my ankle in a football match. My parents knew that me not being able to fish for the whole summer would be a menace. So they bought me a beginners fly tying kit.
Fishing has always been with me. As I grew up, me and my family where never at home on weekends or holidays. We were out fishingand hiking. It was so common for me that I thought that everyone did it. I have learned that it is sadly not the case.
Fly Tying is my treatment against the long winter and also something i enjoy very much. I'm constantly searching for new places to swing my rod so that i one day might have the answer to the question "why won't it take my fly?"
In the Patagonian off season, I travel to Norway in the search for Atlantic salmon where I spend two months on the Orkla river, a destination I’ve been fishing and guiding on since 2012. So as you can tell, I’m never without waders!
I grew up on the westcoast of Norway, mainly fishing small and middle sized rivers for salmon and seatrout with a single hander. Nowadays I live up north with river Målselva as my closest neighbor. At the moment big rivers, fishing with a double handed rod and heavy sinking lines, are my main interest.