I’m Eirik Nielsen. Born and raised in the east part of Norway. I’m 30 years old and live by the Norwegian salmon river «Drammenselva».
I started fishing for trout in the mountains with my father when I was 6 years old. From there it just went bananas with fishing. In the age of 13 I caught my first trout on the fly rod, I was hooked. When I was 16 years old I was at my first fly tying course and I started tying my own flies. Now days i hold my own fly tying courses and fly tying in general is a big part og my fishing. I use the winter time here in Norway to think of new stuff for my flies. New patterns, new materials and so on. I think this is a big part of the whole «flyfishing» thing. And of course i love to learn people how to tie flies. People are different and our creativity are different, and together we learn by each other. I love this.
I have always been an all round fly angler. I fish for all species, trout, pike, sea trout, salmon, char, grayling all year around.
The last years I have focused more or less on salmon only in the «Salmon season». There is something strange and mystic about this beautiful fish. 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 think my experience with all types of fishing, either it’s nymphing, streamer fishing, dry fly fishing or 2 handed rod fishing I can use all this to be a better angler in different scenarios. Lot of anglers that fish for Atlantic salmon are only casting 45 degrees on the stream and swing the fly. I like to mix this things up with other techniques. I do nymph a Frances for instant, I cast dry flies on salmon, and I also use the 90 degree or the 45 degree wet fly swing lot. I like to do whats necessary to catch the fish and understand more. I love to learn and develop my self as an angler.
The rivers I fished in Norway for Atlantic salmon are many, but i like the mighty Gaula lot and I have several trips to my home river throughout the season. I think it all depends on the time of the season. Some rivers are early and some are late. I try to visit as many rivers as possible true the season to explore new waters. This season I’ve been fishing Drammenelva, Suldalslågen, Lærdalselva, Gaular(Osfossen), Jølstra, Nausta, Nummedalslågen, Mandalselva, Gaula.
I will never stop doing this. I really love flyfishing.
I’m really stoked to be a part of the Speybros team.