Javelin to fly cast­ing

TroutFish­er­man caught up with for­mer Nor­we­gian championship javelin thrower, Scierra’s Mathias Lille­heIm...

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From this brief visit, what’s your opin­ion of UK stillwater fly-fish­ing?

The ex­tremely pop­u­lar UK stillwater fly-fish­ing was rather new to me and I was very glad to have Phil Dixon and Rus­sell Owen on “my team” when I took on Eller­dine Lakes in my UK de­but. Dif­fer­ent den­si­ties, more than one fly and so many tac­tics to choose from. When we vis­ited Rut­land to test some fly lines I could feel a lot of ques­tions form­ing in my mind. If I was go­ing to fish here, where on earth would I start?

Com­pare the fish­ing you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in the UK with what’s avail­able in Nor­way.

The UK stillwater fly-fish­ing is very dif­fer­ent from what I’m used to in Nor­way. Not that we don’t fish still­wa­ters, but be­cause we have so many dif­fer­ent sized trout and grayling rivers, most fly fish­ers tend to favour cur­rent over stillwater. Nor­way also has a lot of dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral lakes filled with brown trout and, in some lakes, Arc­tic char, and this has re­sulted in other fish­ing tac­tics and tackle choices than what I ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing my visit to Eng­land. In ad­di­tion, rain­bows are not al­lowed in Nor­way, and that alone changes a lot. How long have you been fly-fish­ing? I have been fly-fish­ing since I was 13 and, with the ex­cep­tion of a few years when I was try­ing to be­come the best javelin thrower in the world (and was in­jured far too early) have been ded­i­cated to this chronic ‘ail­ment’ ever since.

What would you say is your great­est achieve­ment a) fish­wise and b) tack­le­wise?

The River Hem­sila is the best and most-fished trout river in Nor­way, es­pe­cially dur­ing the main hatch­ing pe­ri­ods for dif­fer­ent mayflies. A few years ago, I was able to trick one of the “grand­fa­thers” to take my size 12 dry af­ter hav­ing pre­sented the fly with a long switch cast un­der very dif­fi­cult wind con­di­tions. At 77cm and 4.6 kilos (10lb 2oz), this brown trout turned out to be the big­gest fish caught on a fly in this river (still is, in fact). I am very sat­is­fied with the va­ri­ety of the Scierra rod and line se­ries. For the UK mar­ket and the pop­u­lar fly fish­eries over here, the SRXv2 rod se­ries has be­come a huge suc­cess, but the other six se­ries have found their tar­gets all over the world. The new 2018 lines have al­ready be­come hugely pop­u­lar and with even bet­ter lines at lower prices, we are ready for the up­com­ing sea­son.

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