A couple of weeks ago we had our Swedish friend Micke Lindström down here in Denmark for a short visit. Micke is, in our opinion, one of the best fly fishermen on the planet. He is also a very modest guy, so somebody else needed to say that – and I guess I just did. Continue reading “Micke Lindström’s flies – and a Danish salmon”
Spring and early summer marks the start of the Atlantic salmon and sea run brown trout season all over the Northern hemisphere. Large silver armoured fish return from the salt… entering rivers and creeks in preparation for the spawning season. Anglers return to the same waters to enjoy catching (and maybe releasing) a few of these magnificent fish.
The Baltic Salmon Fund
In Scandinavia a lot of that action take place in rivers that enter the Baltic sea. And a lot of the sport we enjoy by catching salmon and sea run brown trout in areas far from the Baltic sea – is also based on fish, that were hatched in those rivers.
As a consequence, it is very important to do everything possible to promote sustainable management of wild salmon and sea run brown trout stocks in the Baltic Sea and the rivers along the Baltic coast – and that is just what the Baltic Salmon Fund does.
The organisation is located in Sweden. The main strategy is to raise economic resources in order to co-fund initiatives that empower the unique and wild Baltic salmon.
One of the conservation tools is co-funding the removal of trap nets in rivers and estuaries along the Baltic Sea. To date the Baltic Salmon Fund have participated in the removal of traps nets in more than 100 fishing areas along the coast. But they do much more, such as supporting science, river restoration and the growth of sustainable tourism within the industry. In short: If it is good for Baltic salmon then they do it.
Ahrex Hooks is now an official partner
We are very proud to announce that we have joined a partnership with the Baltic Salmon Fund. Morten Valeur, founder and co-owner of Ahrex Hooks says:
“It actually was an easy decision and a logical choice for us, to partner up with the Baltic Salmon Fund. We have been looking for a way to show our environmental engagement and concern – but up till now we hadn’t really found a project that had this combination of reach, power, seriousness and long term ambitions.
I find, that it obviously is our responsibility to engage in the work for the Baltic Salmon, since this resource is of tremendous importance for anyone in the angling industry. If the fish disappear, many companies will be out of business, and a lot of people will be out of jobs. Any company in the angling business will gain a lot from the work organisations like BSF does.
So basically you can see it as a selfish action as well. I am an angler. I’ve worked in the angling business for 25 years. And I love fishing. To me, and most other anglers, an extent salmon or sea run brown strain would be a disaster.
The important thing is to act now, while there still is hope for these fish – and the Baltic Salmon Fund does a great job. I am looking forward to this collaboration.”
Watch this film to learn more about the fabulous salmon, and the Baltic Salmon Fund.
Have a nice weekend :0)
We have made several portraits of cool fly tiers from around the globe, but today let’s dig down in our own home turf. We head up to the Northern part of Jutland to meet Martin Votborg. Martin recently joined a very rare breed: fulltime Danish pro fly tiers. He sure cranks out some really beautiful flies on our hooks, so we decided to take a closer look at the man behind the vice. Continue reading “Martin Votborg – Danish pro tier… with a love for river seatrout”
Being a fly hook company – it isn’t a surprise that we produce fly hooks. But we have another product line running simultaneous. Each week we produce a staggering amount of content for our YouTube channel, Instagram profile, Facebook page and our website including this blog. Continue reading “A short run down on the Ahrex Hooks YouTube channel”
Right now the beautiful Atlantic salmon return from the ocean. Large, silver covered, muscle packed and ready for anything we throw at them. Naturally they don’t make their home run to pick a fight – but they don’t back off if you serve up an invitation. Continue reading “Cold Opening Day – in the Danish west coast salmon rivers”
Seatrout fishing is hot around here already, and salmon season is kicking into gear – and with an impressive numbers of angling shows all around the globe, you shouldn’t have problems gearing up as well. This weekend we turn our attention towards the Scottish Fly Fair. Continue reading “Salmon season opening – and the Scottish Fly Fair”
Mixing up a relaxed atmosphere with fly tying, beer and a bar – seems to me to be a winning concept. And that is exactly what the good people at Schultz Outfitters did nearly a decade ago. Continue reading “Bar Flies – and salmon hooks for River Skjern”
2018 is running deep into the backing right now, and today the blog is looking into… well, the blog. This is number 132. We haven’t missed one single Friday since day one. We are there for you every week of the year – including summer holidays, Christmas and New Year. If we aren’t anything else… we are dependable ;0)
Today we dive into the historic fly box, and bring out a couple of American classics: The Boss and the Golden Comet. Continue reading “Boss and Comet – American West Coast classics”
This week I was working in the studio, shooting photos of some fly tying materials. Looking at the photos afterwards I was really fascinated by the beauty in some of the totally basic materials. The warm glow of golden pheasant tippets and crest, the precise graphic pattern in a grizzly cock neck or the shimmer and sparkle of the casual peacock herl. Plain natural beauty. Continue reading “Natural beauty – a celebration of fly tying”