Tag Archive: Finland

Kvarken IPFT

The Kvarken International Pike Fly Fishing Tournament was held earlier this month in Eumer Fishing Center, Merikarvia, Finland. Check out the results.

Congratulations Simon on a successful tournament. I hope I can’t join the next one and how you boys how it is really done.

BPF #4

Simon has done it again and just released a new online catalog of his fantastic flies “tied with pride, fished with attitude”.

Way to go Simon!

Baltic Pike Flies

Issue 4

Baltic Pike Flies: Issue 4

My fellow blogging pal Simon is a really talented artist (Check out: BPF#3). His fly tying skills, and blogging skills are only matched by his enterprising spirit. In addition to having a passion for fly fishing in common, we are also both living abroad and trying to take advantage of every moment! Simon is an English born South African, but lives on Replot Island in Finland. (Hoe gaan dit, Simon?) I guess we’ve both exchanged hemispheres, but I have to give him credit for standing up to the cold. I don’t envy him that, but I do envy his access to Northern Pike on a regular basis.

So when I saw the news about the the Kvarken International Pike Fly-Fishing Tournament, I thought, no way – too far, besides, my blog is about Sport Fishing Americas, not Scandinavia! So why did I then find myself checking my calendar? Hmmm…. I will be working in Africa and Asia around that time. Perhaps I could just pop-in. It’s only 3 days after all, my wife would understand, right? But then I noticed a real problem. Team America is “ilman varusteita!” (I think that’s Finnish for “no team“.) I mean, it wouldn’t be a very good way for them to kick off the first ever tournament of this kind with one overconfident American out-fishing all those old-world fly fishermen alone. At least we should try to keep up appearances right? Of course, if anyone wants to meet me in Kvarken, don’t hesitate to let me know!

6 Countries will battle it out for Piking Glory over 3 intense days.

America | Holland | England | Scottland | Ireland | Sweden | Finland

The tournament will be held on Replot island which is situated in the famous Kvarken World Natural Heritage Site from the 10th – 13th May 2010, & is the 1st international pike fly tournament ever to be held in Finland. The waters around Replot island are very special waters indeed. In fact the entire area and western coastline is aptly named pike paradise by the Ostrobothnian fishing association.

During spring time here, thousands upon thousands of pike can be found spawning in the shallow bays & as the area is found smack bang in the middle of the Baltic sea, water temperatures stay far cooler than closed waters like lakes, and so fishing is prevalent all through the season, from early April – late November when the sea freezes over.

As well as the prolific fishing this area has, It also has an extremely diverse set of fauna & flora. 24 endemic plant families are found on the shores of the Baltic sea, of which 16 are only found in the Kvarken Archipelago. Replot’s fauna is equally impressive with over 126 species to be found here such as Skuas, Black Guillemots, Eider ducks, Razerbills, White tailed eagle,Crane,Ural & Great Grey Owls & the endangered Scaup. Elk,White tailed deer,Bear,raccoon dog,Fox,Otter all live on the island as well.

The area is wild & rugged with over 2000 islands & skerries to fish between and around With Vision fly fishing, Eumer tube & Baltic pike flies as well as several co-operation partners from the island involved, it promises to be a fly-fishing tournament like no other.

I really hate not publishing an article between the weekly PoW, but I haven’t yet finished a post about Lake Trout in Upstate New York and I’ve come across two great shots that I wanted to share… So this week its a “double feature”.

The first shot is a Northern Pike of over 33 lbs. caught by Truls Svendsen who is 13 years old and lives in Norway. This is the biggest Pike ever caught in that country on a fly. He tied the fly himself and called it a “Muppet fly”. After catching this fish, and a few others (18 and 28 lbs.) his older brothers subsequently told him he could no longer fish with them…

33lb Northern Pike caught on "Pike Muppet" fly

33lb Northern Pike caught on "Pike Muppet" fly

The next shot is also from Finland. A fellow blogger, Simon Graham, loves to fish for pike as is a phenomenal photographer. I visit his blog to learn how to tie some fantastic flies, and mostly so see his amazing photography. You can see more of Simon’s photographic work at Fishing Blogdom.

kuusijarvi canoe

kuusijarvi canoe

Looking at this shot, I can almost sense the pike on the far shore and I can’t wait to go fishing again… Continue reading

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