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Jan van Zandwijk
the River Keeper
Can you tell something more about yourself ?
After many years
living at different places in Norway I moved
back to Tolga 8 years ago . I have a wife and
three children. I worked as a teacher, instructor and farmer but right now
my occupation is carpenter. (A bonus of learning
this work is that you dont need to hire an
expensive hand worker to do all the renovation in your own home.) In my
younger days I spend all the time competing in
cross country skiing and long distance running races. Now I use nearly all
my spare time photographing nature and specially
landscapes. And of course guiding lot's of
enthusiastic fly fisherman in Glomma.
How long have you been
a fly fisherman, and where have you been fishing among others ?
I started fly fishing when my uncle gave me a fly rod to my confirmation
( I was 15) back in 1979 and I remember I hoped
that all the people should leave the party so I could start my casting
training. I have only fished in Norway and Sweden.
Yes, and of course shark fishing in Seattle USA, that was fun.
Why do you like river
Glomma and the Kvennan Fly Fishing zone ?
Because I grew up a few meters from the
riverbank, and have spend so many hours in the
river I absolutely have a good feeling when I
stay in some current and spot a wonderful rise and smell the smoke from
a campfire. I feel free. And I really mean
this part of Glomma is an outstanding stretch for especially grayling,
fly fisherman from all around
the world came here year after year and that
tellls enough about the standard. The rivers
capability to reproduce is fantastic, thats
also what the scientist reports
Can you tell
something about the old days at river Glomma ?
I started fishing when I was a small kid,
first with long bamboo rods and worms in creeks around here. But soon I
began to learn from looking at the Swedish
fisherman, who stayed in middle of river with
their long waders. And for a young Norwegian boy
(remember we do not have a long history
with fly fishing in Norway, only lords from Britain do that he he. )
this was totally new and exiting. I started
fly fishing without waders, and fished for
hours wearing only shorts, it was cold but I
was totally in my own world. My mom was really
worried about my health in
Did you catch any really
big fish in Glomma ?
My biggest grayling caught with fly is 1,2 kg. In
spring with a heavy nymph.
What is your
favourite dry fly ?
Favorite dry fly
through many years is definitely the Swedish
superpuppan with grey and yellow body - a real
killer in Glomma.
What is your favorite nymph
Nymph Green and pink shrimp heavy weighted + spiders like
partridge and orange. Grayling loves colorful
flies with lot of sparkling material.
How long leader do you use,
and how thick is your tippet ?
9 feet leader, tippet 3 feet , 0,15
Do you loose a lot of fish
when fishing without a barb on your hook ?
If I do things
correct, tight lines all time, I really do not
loose more fish than with barb.
do you think about the new rules & regulations ?
Norwegians catch and release is rather a new issue, we learned
that fish is only food and therefore most be killed, we shall not fish
only for fun. But this way of thinking starts to change slowly
particularly among Norwegian fly fishermen. I
think the new rules in Kvennan Fly Fishing zone are
an absolutely need for the future if we shall compete with the rest of
the world. But I also think we dont need this
strict rules in every river and lake, only
where the pressure is highest. We need good support and positive mention
from the local society and from fisherman that think more traditional
and conservative. If fisherman
need fish for dinner he or she will find
plenty of rivers and lakes with those possibilities around here.
What should be your best
advice for a fellow Glomma fly fisherman ?
homework, try to figure out as much as possible about relevant issues
before arriving at new places. Ask local
experts, so you don't spend to much time
seeking good spots, find suitable flies and the best tactics for this
river. Dont hurry be happy. Remember this is your holiday,
you shall not compete or ? Have a nice time !!!!