Hans van Klinken
» Matt Hayes
Jan van Zandwijk
the River Keeper
» Ivar Øyan
Can you tell something more about yourself ?
“ I’m Pieter Boone, 47 years
young and I work as a landscape-architect in the crowded house called
Holland, trying to keep the country fit for recreation and natural
development. That is why I love Scandinavia and specially Norway: what a
tremendous landscapes, quietness and space! What a beautiful light and
pureness! Anyway, if not at work, I like to be outdoors, camping with the
family or doing things my kids don’t like, like fishing, birding,
sea-kayaking or backpacking.
In that case, you might find me in the company of Hein van Aar, one of my
best friends and your river keeper on this stretch of the Glomma! ”
How long have you been
a fly fisherman, and where have you been fishing among others ?
“ Can’t remember
exactly but I’m fly-fishing for over more then 30 years now. Picked the
first feathers for fly tying out of my head cushion. The flies sank like
lead. There were no other fly fisherman in my surrounding in that time. I
became a self made man. Caught my first brown trout ever in Belgium, river
Ourthe. It was beautiful and 10 cm. long! I travelled 300 km on my bicycle
to do this! I got to know a brother of the river keeper - called Urban,
what an intelligent and fanatic fly-fisher - and later on the river
keeper himself; Hein van Aar. In that time I introduced fly-fishing to
Hein and taught him the basics and tricks. Since then everything changed.
Now he’s one of the best fly-fisherman I know and a river keeper on one of
the most beautiful stretches of river you can think of. That’s the way it
Why do you like river
Glomma and the Kvennan Fly Fishing zone ?
“ 'the Glomma is a
very beautiful river, shining indeed and it is a rain-fed river which is
a rather unique fact in south and mid Norway. Therefore it's a food-rich
river and one of the few rivers with a grayling population and certainly
thé river with so much fish in it. Masses of grayling! This of course
counts for the Kvennan stretch as well. In addition the Kvennan stretch
has a great variation of water types: from calm ripples till white
currents. It has everything! ”
Can you tell
something about the old days at river Glomma ?
“ I don’t know
of the old days at Kvennan apart from some photo’s I've seen. My first trip to Kvennan was in September 2000
together with Hein. Small tent and minus 10 at night! But what a fishing……the
average fish in that time was around 43-45 cm. It got less and
less since then until Hein and the river board
came up with the new regulations. Now it’s getting better again. ”
Did you catch any really
big fish in Glomma ?
“ Never caught
a grayling bigger than 49 cm. All the really big ones were lost…ha,ha.
I do this not to frustrate my fellow fly-fisherman…… ”
What is your
favourite dry fly ?
“ My favourite dry
fly is a brownish parachute, size 14. Supposed to imitate a blue winged
olive (Ephemerella ignita) , but it’ll work for many other types. ”
What is your favourite nymph
Nymphing is about 80% of my fishing and specially at unknown waters I’ll
always start with a hare’s ear gold head. It’s a bit of a dull choice
but it has proven to bring fish everywhere in Europe. ”
How long leader do you use,
and how thick is your tippet ?
Leader and tippet…I like them as short as possible because I’m not a
very good caster. Usually I’ll work with a 2,5 m. leader and – when
nymphing – a 1,5 m. tippet 12/00 or 14/00.”
Do you loose a lot of fish
when fishing without a barb on your hook ?
“ The only
fly-fishing I know is barbless fishing! When nymphing in almost all
except for 'dead-drifting' - you loose at least half of the amount
of grayling that takes your fly. Loosing fish
is a normal thing...still a pity though”
do you think about the new rules & regulations ?
I’m very pleased with the Kvennan rules and regulations. Unless the
enormous amount of fish in the Glomma, the developments in the past
years have proven that a strict policy is necessary. ”
What should be your best
advice for a fellow Glomma fly fisherman ?
best advice is not to fish all the time! In summer you’ve got 24 hours
of light. Relax! Sit on that big stone, have a sip of your ‘aquavit’ and
listen to the mumbling river, feel it getting chilly after sunset, see
that osprey flying overhead……Wild romance, isn’t it? ”
What should be your best
advice for river management ?
hope that the river management will be cooperating with a recreation board
in the future. Tourism will grow in Norway, that’s inevitable. But beware
of mass-tourism please!
It’s all about quality…the fishing and the surrounding. The first steps
are very promising.”
Is there something more you
want to share ?
Take Hein’s advice…take it seriously….he knows what he is talking