Rethinking Flyfishing – Skagit

We just have to admit it, leaving politics aside, there is a lot of funky stuff coming over from the USA. Pulsing over the big ocean a rather new “flyfishing- movement” has hit the shores of Europe. An alternative movement which is in the midst of “reinventing” flyfishing or at least how we have perceived flyfishing over the last few decades. Rethinking flytackle and it’s practical use: a never-ending-story 🙂

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Hallo(ween) in Austria



Magical things happen around Samhain/Halloween, people say… Well people are right we think, as BalticFlyfisher is bringing magic down to our partners in Austria.


Meet the witch (aka Silja) and the pumpkin (aka Stuart) at Armin Pijawetz´s info-day on 22.10.16.

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OPST MKII Ostrich Drabs

Olympic Peninsular Skagit Tactics (OPST) MKII Ostrich Drabs

With the salmon and trout season drawing to a close here in Europe we thought you might be interested in a series of articles about our favourite winter pastime – fly tying. This the first is about feathers – or OPST Drabs.

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ECHO Dry – Love at First Sight

Stuart, aka “the tea boy” at Balticflyfisher, asked me if I would to take one of the new 2017 ECHO models on a recent trip to Swedish Lapland. I called by Stuart’s house a few days before leaving for Kiruna to try a couple of the new models. The first one I tried was a 9ft #5 ECHO DRY. It was love at first sight.

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Have they gone totally mad!

When we spoke to the guys at OPST about adding a little more contrast between their Commando Head and their [Kawasaki] green Lazar running line, we were thinking more along the lines of a subtle colouring of the rear loop of the Commando head. I guess we should have known different. Nothing they produce is normal. So what did they do?

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They’ve done it again !!!

Last weekend saw the BFF casting team (Silja and Lasse and the apprentices Robyn and Louis) ) on the road to Gothenburg to cast in the Swedish Open Spey competition … and they came home with two first, a fourth and a sixth placings to their credit, plus a brace of personal bests and a new Danish Record!



The BFF-Team left home (Copenhagen) in the early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in Gothenburg at about 8am just in time to sign in. The weather started off fine, so that the 15ft competitions could be completed on schedule, BUT then a storm blew over and it was so windy that the 16ft (Womens platform) and 18ft (Mens platfom) had to be postponed by about two hours.


15’1″ Spey Distance – Women

1. Silja Longhurst 78m total, Denmark

2. Anna Hedman 53m total, (Swedish Womens Champion)

3. Anna-Karin Wiklund 52m total


15’1 Spey Distance – Men

1. Tellis Katsogiannos 87m total (Swedish Champion)

2. Joakim Tuovinen 86,5m total

3. Magnus Hedman 82,5m total

4. Lasse Karlsson


16’ Spey Distance – Women

1. Silja Longhurst 39m, Denmark

2. Anna Hedman 36m

3. Anna-Karin Wiklund 34m


18´Spey Distance – Men

1. Tellis Katsogiannos 59,5m – new Swedish record

2. Roger Håkansson 54m

3. Magnus Hedman 52,5m

6. Lasse Karlsson 44m


Well done everybody but in particular we would like to especially mention Silja and Lasse who put up a fantastic performance against all odds (two kids and no training time), but also to Anna Hedmann in becoming the new Swedish Womens Champion and Tellis Katsogiannos who didn’t just organise the event but also won the Mens Championships and cast a new Swedish 18ft record in doing so!

See you all next year.

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