It can come as no surprise that at Ahrex, we like hooks. In fact we like them so much that we’ve made it our livelihood. Which of course is made possible by the fact that you basically need a hook to land a fish on a rod (apart maybe from a garfish, which you can actually land with a piece of yarn, but that’s a different story).
Most flyfishers slow down a little during the winter season, even though there is fishing as long as there is open water. Slowing down for a flyfisher doesn’t necessarily mean that fishing as such is on hold until next season. No, personally I like to spend some evenings maintaining my tackle. Salmon rods, lines and reels won’t see you until next spring, so I make sure everything is in order, rods checked, lines cleaned, reels lubricated, backing checked if you’ve been lucky enough to have use for it. The same goes for the dry fly tackle and an important part of this process is also checking flies. It’s just a nice feeling to unpack the gear again months after, knowing it’s ready to go.
At least we can say with certainty that they’re not fake news, but we do have some hooks that have been added to our current line-up, and they’ve slipped under the radar, so we thought it best to point them out here on the blog.
The 10th anniversary version of the Irish Fly Fair is over. The venue was the beautiful Galway Hotel with a great view of the coastline and there was everything a flyfisher (or spinfsher for that matter) could ever wish for.
Jigs are interesting flies and very popular in some parts of world, and the French have developed an entire style of fly fishing, called French nymphing, which revolves around small, heavily weighted flies – often tied on jig hooks. The Spanish competition teams had great succes with their style of jigs called Perdigon flies, which I think originally were tied on normal hooks, but now often are tied on jig hooks.
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.
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”