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