Winter time 2019-2020

Dear HJ and Toma,
instead of a postcard, we are sending you a few pictures from last two weeks. They are very monotone - just skiing and icefishing. But the sky was providing great show! Hope you will enjoy that and see you soon, here or there!

This lake near Trondheim is called Gaustadvatnet.  In this early morning the sky was violent. It was probably my last icefishing trip with Albert and Emilio and we got no fish there.
For Xmas, we moved more "south" and inland, into a simple cabin Midtvangen near Tynset and Savalen lake.
We are sure you know Tynset, as it is the place with the world's largest kick sled. And many people use regular size ones in the streets of this vibrant town!
In the mornings, I was drilling holes into the ice on Savalen lake, that is called "arctic char (røya in Norwegian) eldorado". Icefishing is very interesting activity and I am sure, you would love it. 

I was getting several fish every day, so we grilled a lot. Which is great, because you do not have to clean dishes, which is too much work in a cabin without water.
In the afternoon (these are still very short now - it is getting dark around 15:30) we were discovering cross-country skiing possibilities in the region.
Everything was nicely frozen, as it was minus 15.

After 5 days, we drove back to rainy Trondheim. Our next destination was supposed to be Sweden, but because of very bad weather forecast we headed south again, into Alvdal. We found an amazing cabin there. This is the view from its door. It was cabin deluxe, as the dry toilet was inside.
The daily routine was classical - icefishing in the morning, skiing in the afternoon, eating and reading in the evening.

As I have already written, I am sure you would love that activity. It is very meditative.
And sometimes you got a beautifull fish - this one is my personal røya record (about 1,5kg)
Next day was great as well...
so we had several good dinners (with red Spanish wine, sorry!)
The landscape around was just magnificant
and the sky went crazy some evenings...

So that is all for now, have a great year 2020, cheers and see you soon! P+B

Icefishing season is back!

Winter has been here for several weeks
Lakes are getting frozen
so it is time to get ready to drill some holes.
Snowfree steel ice is always nice
and with some sun and no wind, ice fishing is very pleasant activity
the noise of bells ...
Meeting an old dog somewhere near Trondheim
On one of many local lakes
Arctic char is a beautiful fish
and even small one makes you happy
Big trout makes me even more happy. Well, season has just started, days are super short, so hopefully there will be much more in upcoming months...next trips - Savalen and Sweden! Have a nice Xmas!

Random pics from a few last weeks

Upper parts of Nidelva river - great trout fishing (late discovery)
I fly too much...
I like trains...this is the view from a train to Trondheim airport
and this is Gaula river from a train to Oslo (one of the best salmon rivers...)

going back from Oslo to Trondheim by train through Dove is just lovely (and long)
our favourite viewpoint on the way to Aure (from a car)
Crazy mackerel fishing near that bridge. Monster autumn mackerel... we were surprised
so we ate them
more flying...
view #1 from a bus to Vienna
view #2 from a bus to Vienna

Hodalen

Summer trout season is over, salmon as well. Trondheim is rainy. Time to discover a new destination and try fishing for grayling (spoiler - in this pool I lost a big fish..).
Hodalen is a complex of several lakes in unique glacier formed landscape, about 200 km from Trondheim direction Tynset and Tolga. Autumn makes it really beautifull there.
Grayling is a pretty fish. There is a bag limit of only one fish between 35-45cm per day.
When I started fishing on Saturday, I noticed very big fish jumping here. I hooked it but it escaped. The same happened in the evening. On Sunday morning it was jumping again...was it monster grayling or a nice pike? Do grayling jump?
Waiting for the sun in the cold morning

Ice-fishing season is coming
Sunday - time to get one fish for the dinner in this amazing clear water and go back to the city.

Fishing with Fery

My fishing guru Fery and his grandson Honza drove all the way from Brno, Czech republic, to join me on Orkla river to try to catch some atlantic salmon. After many theoretical discussions, we finally fished together. Despite not being very successful, it was great.
Honza and Fery on the classical view point Brekka on the way to Aure.
We stayed in Rønningen Camping in a small cabin, just next to Orkla river.
As the river section next to the camp belongs to the camp owners, it is possible to fish right next to the cabin.
However, we fished mostly a few km upstream, along Svinsøyen section, which is longer, more variable and located in very nice nature. I have been there already 8 times this year, but for the first time I have reached the upper border of the section. I had a promissing bite from salmon there, but it did not hook well enough...
Lower border of Svinsjøen section is a frequent meeting and social point, from where
you can observe fishermen along Rørommet part of the section. Honza got our only salmon here, but it was too small to be kept.
Well masked Fery is fishing in his favourite Handbaggan (a.k.a. Pool of mighty Fery).
Salmon fishing is really hard work and crazy hobby. Good refreshment is the key to stay optimistic!
In order to get some fish, we drove to Aure
to fish in the fjords.
And finally we had some success, with a lot of makrels and one sea trout.