At the EWF Fly Fishing Show in Munich, Germany Guideline was represented by Christopher Rownes and Alex Jardine. It was a great weekend, blessed with hot and sunny weather and filled with some of the finest fly fishers and fly tyers in Europe.
Chris put up his stand and demo gear in one of the beautiful old buildings and showcased all the new Guideline gear for season 2017. Alex had two demonstrations at the show looking at the benefits of long rods, long leaders and light lines. These demos featured the 10 foot 3 weight Fario Classic and 10 foot 4 weight Elevate rods combined with the new Fario LW 24 reel, and it showcased their uses on both small streams and larger rivers.
We continue our small series at the Blog where we present the new Power Team members for season 2017. Next up is Calle Lundqvist, a salmon fly angler from norther Sweden who has gained some really cool reputation during the last seasons. In short; if you want to find fish in the northern rivers entering the Baltic Sea, and especially if you are a film maker, you call Calle. Further down you find some clips from last summer when both Hooké and Rolf Nylinder featured Calle in their movies about salmon fishing in the north of Sweden.
Calle says; Living by the coast in the north of Sweden gives me a lot of opportunities when it comes to salmon and sea trout fishing. Fly fishing for salmon has always been a big part of my life and for me it’s all about taking yourself out of the comfort zone whether it comes down to try out a new fishing spot or wade as deep as your waders possibly allow. I spend most of my time looking for Baltic salmon in the north but I won’t hesitate to take a quick drive to the Norwegian coast if the conditions seem to be better with the Atlantics.
Below you can watch some clips with Calle along the Baltic rivers.
Next up in our series of new Power Team members is UK resident Lewis Hendrie and you have already seen him here at the blog from his test trip to New Zealand with the new Fario LW fly reel. Lewis started fishing at the early age of 4 and by the time he hit 11 he discovered the world of fly fishing. From there he went on to represent England in both youth and senior levels and fished in numerous European and world championships.
His passion took him down the route of becoming a full time fly fishing guide and casting instructor for the pass 12 years where he has taught many new comers to our beloved industry. Lewis specializes in river fishing for trout and grayling and saltwater fly fishing and is an avid photographer which has resulted in him traveling around the globe to fish destinations throughout Europe and New Zealand.
Below you find a gallery with a selection of Lewis´s images from different parts of the world and Europe. It will be pure joy to see what Lewis comes up with during season 2017.
We continue our serie here at the Blog where we present our new Power Team members for season 2017. Next up is Emil Westrin, a skilled photographer and fly angler from Umeå, northern Sweden. Emil says; Trout fishing has always been close to my heart. It began when I was 3-4 years old and ran along the creek in my parents summer home, sight them and tricked them with worms.
In 2007 I moved to Umeå, a city in the northern Sweden with 7 wild salmon rivers in a 100km radius, so here is where I spend my time in the spring and early summer. I stay close to the coast and fishing for salmon and sea trout as long as the snow remains in the mountains and in the beginning of July, I take my car to the mountains in the northern Scandinavia where I trekk and trying to find some untouched and remote trout creeks.
Below you see a gallery with a batch of Emil´s images when he went out to test some new Guideline equipment in the snow and ice outside Umeå. Some image by @lindaklae
Emil is also featured in one of Rolf Nylinder´s movies – The Field Coffee Diary – EP4. Have a look 3:20 into this clip when Emil is looking for big surface feeding arctic char in a lake somewhere in northern Sweden.
We will run a small series here at the Blog and present our new Power Team members for season 2017. First out is our young Norwegian fly angler Patrick Gimmestad Emblem and below you find his own words in Norwegian language. We also want to high-light that Patrick runs a salmon fishing school at Nord Kringen Gård in river Stjørdalselva, Norway. Please see link further down to read more about this event!
Jeg heter Patrick Gimmestad Emblem og kommer fra Vestnes i Møre og Romsdal. I mitt 22 år lange liv har jeg drevet med fluefiske i snart 15 av dem. Jeg fikk min første en-hånds fluestang til 8 års dagen min, og etter å ha landet en laks på 6,5 kg noen måneder senere var jeg hekta. Det er sjøørret og laksefiske som ligger mitt hjerte nærmest. Siden mitt barndomshjem har sjø tomt med fantastisk sjøørret fiske, har jeg naturligvis brukt mye tid på sjøørreten, men også laksefiske i mindre elver har vært en viktig del av mitt fiske tidlig i karrieren. Fra jeg startet laksefiske med to-hånds fluestang i Orkla da jeg var 11-12 år ble det bare mer og mer laksefiske. Nå er det laksefisket jeg fokuserer mest på, og elvene rundt Trondheimsfjorden er mine absolutte favoritter med Stjørdalselva som førstevalg. Jeg studerer for øyeblikket markedsføring og ledelse på Lillehammer, og er ferdig utdannet våren 2017, da flytter jeg endelig til mekka for laksefiske – Trøndelag.
Juni fisket med synkesnøre og store tube fluer etter de store blanke laksene synes jeg er utrolig spennende, og bruker mye tid på dette i Juni måned. Men det jeg synes er det absolutt beste med laksefiske er når elven er både tomme for vann og fiskere. Det å jakte på laksen med lette en- hånds og switch stenger i liten klar elv er noe jeg mener er det mest spennende og givende med laksefiske. Følelsen av å lande en stor laks på lett utstyr med krevende forhold er noe som ikke kan beskrives på en god nok måte for meg. Jeg er en allsidig fisker som fisker det meste, og som generelt trives så lenge jeg har en fiskestang i hånden, men fluefiske har blitt den absolutte lidenskapen. De senere årene har jeg holdt en del fluekastekurs, fiskeskole og guidet på Nord Kringen Flornes i Stjørdalselva. Dette er noe jeg trives utrolig godt med og som gir meg en unik mulighet til å møte mange mennesker med den samme lidenskapen.
Below you find information about the fly fishing school Patrick runs, please click image below to go the info page. Only in Norwegian language.
In the beginning of December 2016 I was fortunate enough to stay at the Crooked Island Trophy Lodge for five days and fish the beautiful flats, creeks and channels of Crooked & Acklins islands. I was together with a group of fly anglers from Canada and France, and once again I was amazed of how easy it is to get along with fly fishermen under the same roof; no matter of language, age, religion or other things.
I have been fishing the shallow flats of the Caribbean quite a lot of times now, but it is still a new experience every time I step into the water. I learn new thing all the time, most of the times the hard way…. And to be honest; sightfishing for bonefish on a shallow flat with a fly rod has gotten into my blood, and there is no single day I do not think about it!
A DAY ON THE FLATS
Every morning you get up at about 6:30 and stroll down to the restaurant for a cup of coffee and to watch the sun rise. This is such a great moment of the day as you have only one thing in mind; a full day of fly fishing in one of the best places in the world. After a delicious cooked breakfast the camp breaks out in full activity as everything needs to be packed and ready for the take-off to the dock. Fishing gear and coolers with todays lunch are all packed in the camp´s van and after a short drive on bumpy roads you reach the small harbor where the guides wait.
Every guide has his own skiff, equipped with 90- to 150-horsepower engines that will help you cover ground and fish numerous areas during your stay. The guides are all natives of the atoll and know the flats of this incredible lagoon that knows only a very little amount of fishing like the back of their hand.
Crooked Island and Acklin´s have a nice shallow-water biotope, home to bonefish but also to permit. These two species roam the huge sand flats and mangroves that can be waded all day. The average size of the bonefish is about 4 pounds, yet there are many big ones, too. Permit are also present on the flats, along the channels or following mudding rays. Triggerfish are also numerous, mainly on coral flats and will readily eat a well presented fly, barracuda will hold closer to the deeper water of the tide channels, some of them are really big, 45 lbs and better. Sharks, snapper, snook and jacks complete the smorgasbord of fish species present all year long. Tarpon are mainly found in spring and summer, even though there is a population of resident fish. Offshore, wahoo, tuna and dolphinfish are also present and can be fished for.
With nearly 20,000 acres of flats, the Bahamas is the largest fishing area for bonefish in the world. At Crooked Island Trophy Lodge the fish are larger than the average size as they enjoy the abundance of food that comes from one of the richest natural environments on the planet; the mangrove flats, irrigated and seeded every day by the rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. In the extreme southeast of the archipelago, less than a hundred kilometres from the Haitian and Cuban coasts, Crooked & Acklins form an atoll over of 230 square miles. It´s huge and shallow lagoon consisting of the islands of Crooked Island, Acklins Island and Long Cay and makes a perfect wading area for bonefish and permit. It is particularly unspoiled and beautiful and with its 350 inhabitants it appears to be lost in time.
The lodge is simple and comfortable. Its nice location makes it the only lodge that allows you to fish the best area of Crooked Island and Acklins in the same week. It is run by a very friendly couple and consists of 5 large double bedrooms, all equipped with air conditioning, bathroom, sitting area, refrigerator and TV. Another building serves as restaurant and bar where cold beer will be waiting your return from the flats. The food is made of fresh products and local specialties such as the famous conch salad. In all, you will find Crooked Island and Acklin´s to be the ideal atoll fishing that is well preserved and shielded from mass tourism.
The average size of bonefish is about 4 lbs but much larger fish can be found on the flats. The island record is 17.6 lbs. Permit have hardly ever seen a fly here and are present in great numbers both on the flats and along the channels. Often they can be found hovering around large stingrays. Nice Caribbean trigger fish are also common on the coral flats and are not reluctant to take a little crab or shrimp imitation. Resident baby tarpon can be found throughout the year in some lagoons but most of the bigger fish arrive mainly during spring and summer. Barracuda up to 45 lbs, sharks, snappers, jacks and snook are some of the other species that are worth a cast as well as pelagic wahoo, tuna and dorado. The guides are all natives of the atoll. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience of this huge fishing area which is still unaffected by fishing pressure.
Given the potential headaches traveling these days, there’s merit in the saying, “Vacation starts when you get to the airport!” In that same vein, unless you are chartering your own flight, you should expect that part of your trip down to Crooked Island will include a night in Nassau.There are two scheduled flights from Nassau to Crooked & Acklins per week. One on Saturdays and the other on Wednesdays. Both flights leave Nassau in the morning at 8:30am and due to the early take-off there are no connecting flight the same morning.On the return the flights arrive Nassau just before lunch so you should have no trouble reaching your final destination on the same day.
Below I have collected a bunch of images from the area. Click one of the images and you can scroll through them in full screen size.
Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge
Major’s Bay – Crooked Island
Images & word by Lewis Hendrie – Guideline Power Team UK.
I’ve not long been with Guideline but I honestly feel it’s one of the best moves I’ve made within my fly fishing career. The growth of the brand across Europe and the forward movement of the new product range see an exciting future ahead and I’m proud to be a part of it.
I have spent many years revisiting New Zealand to escape the colder spell of the UK winters and to maximize my own fishing time on the water. Here is where all fly fishing gear really gets put through its paces and stands the test of rugged terrain, remote landscapes, wild rivers and of course seriously big, hard fighting Trout.
I was excited to get my hands on the New Fario reel to see if they were as good as they look. I confess, I, myself am a bit of a tackle tart, but then let’s face it most people enjoy playing with their fly fishing toys and for me this reel seems to put a smile on my face each time I assemble it to my fly rod. ‘This reel boasts beauty and concept.’
I know it’s far more important to have a sophisticated drag on a reel rather than how pretty they look. But the finish of this is without a doubt stunning. One thing I’ve learnt over the years about New Zealand Trout or just big fish in general, is that it’s pays dividend to have a good drag. Firstly to tire the fish out without over playing it and secondly so you don’t get snapped off when they take off downstream during the fight (especially when using finer tippets to wary fish). This is where a decent drag pays off.
The large arbor design allows for quick line retrieval when first hooking fish to get excess line out of the way during the fight but also stores the line well to avoid bad memory in the line meaning no more coils when pulled off the reel. The Super smooth drag offers maximum control making it handle with ease whilst playing powerful fish in fast flowing currents and compensates for those hard head shakes that the big trout were making. This prevented me from getting bust off many a times.
I for one like to hear the reel screaming whilst a trout shoots down the rapids but over the years have heard many people say they like the drag to be silent. The Fario FW meets in the middle and offers a smooth sounding drag that still gives you the pleasure of listening to your reel singing but without it sounding noisy or cheap.
A really cool feature of this reel that I’ve not seen on many fly reels before is the tippet keeper. Although this isn’t a life changer, I really like small distinct features and innovative ideas going into fly fishing tackle. This small clip certainly makes life easier when trying to locate the end of your tippet that previous would be embedded into the fly line. Also having a closed cage reduces the chance of the tippet slipping in behind the spool and getting tangled. (It’s the small things that can save the frustrations whilst getting ready for a day out on the water).
The reel is exceptionally light for its size and makes your outfit feel extremely light and effortless to cast when paired up with a light rod such as the RSi, LPXe or Fario CRS rods or many others in their weight category. (But not to light that it make your setup tip heavy. Giving you great balance and feel during casting).
For such a lightweight reel I was surprised at just how durable they are. During a backcountry mission into a very wild and pretty hard going bouldery river I managed to take a bad fall resulting in me landing hard on some rock and injuring myself and smashing the reel off the rocks. At this point I was more concerned about my fishing kit but I was shocked to see that the only damage done to the reel was a couple of scratches. No damage was done to the spool or reel cage and the reel still functioned as normal.
Combine performance with a ‘work of art’ and you have the Fario FW reel. I for one am very impressed with this cool new product.
About Lewis Hendrie – Guideline Power Team UK;
Lewis started fishing at the early age of 4 and by the time he hit 11 he discovered the world of fly fishing. From there he went on to represent England in both youth and senior levels and fished in numerous European and world championships. His passion took him down the route of becoming a full time fly fishing guide and casting instructor for the pass 12 years where he has taught many new comers to our beloved industry. Lewis specializes in river fishing for trout and grayling and saltwater fly fishing and is an avid photographer which has resulted in him traveling around the globe to fish destinations throughout Europe and New Zealand.