Interview with a fisherman

Pieter Boone   
The Netherlands   

Interview:  summer 2008

Can you tell something 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 and where have you been fly fishing ?
“ 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 goes! ”

What do you like about 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 techniques - 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”


What 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 ? 

“ My 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 ?

“ I’ll 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 about!! ”

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