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Old 06-30-2007, 05:52 PM
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Default Finland Trip June 12 thru June 25.



Here we go;, The trip went well, we had fantastic weather 95% of the time. The first three days were kind of cold with days in the 50's and nights in the 30's but the rest of the time it was highs in the low 70's and nights in the 50's. It was nice to meet mom and some distant relatives but I won't bore you all with those kind of details. I would like to share the fishing part of the trip with the board members.

This first picture is a Brown from the River Aurejoki an hour north of the city of Tampere. I caught this one dead drifted on a BH Prince size 12. So much for buying Czech nymphs and klinkhamers. The good old Prince came through. The fish was about 14" and very colorful and fat. I had a small Grayling on earlier in the day on this same river but lost him. I was really hoping for a grayling but lost three and never got them to hand. I knew from research that the grayling is very soft in the mouth but I managed to rip em' despite being careful. I guess this means I have to go back in the future. The rivers were small connecting waterways between natural lakes and the stretches were very short and fast. The water is very humus colored from farming and the soil. Mosquitoes were a pain but the long summer nights reminded me of my youth in Sweden. I ran into a handful of fishermen and the ones who spoke English were very friendly and asked a lot about our fishing in the states. I didn't see many hatches because I quit fishing around 10 pm and the best hatches are not on until about 11 pm or so. Makes for a long day let me tell ya. Enjoy.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:32 PM
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Hans,
Looks like some trip. Were you far enough north to have the midnight sun? I know you mentioned hatches at 11:00 pm. Were you serious that you met your mother, or did you mean you saw her there rather than just having met her?
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:42 PM
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I had arranged to team up with my mom in Stockholm, Sweden for the last flight over to Turku, Finland. My mom and dad lives in Sweden but my mom was born and raised in Finland. Mom left Finland in the early sixties and she has one brother and one sister in Finland. I wanted to see go see them since I haven't been to Finland since 1994. I suggested to mym that I could do some fishing while I was over there and that's what I meant by meeting her.

No we were not far north to experience the midnight sun but we were far north to have daylight until about 11:30 pm and it didn't really get that dark during the night. I remember the sun rising at about 3:45 am. It is a strange feeling. I have kind of forgot how it was since I lived in Sweden. I left Sweden in 1994. I remember many times going to a party when I was young and party all night and come home in daylight. Very strange feeling.

I'm thinking on going back in a few years but that time I will go even further north as I have a cousing who lives in Karelia on the russian border in Nurmes. It would be another three hours north with a car from where I was staying this time. It is a very beutiful and interesting country to visit.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:58 PM
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Hans,
Thanks for the report. I am always facinated by life and fishing in other parts of the world. I have been to many different countries but never that part of the world. Thanks for the peek into life in that part of the world.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:18 PM
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Flyman:

I was so used to Scandinavian ways when I lived there but now as a kind of tourist it's a lot more interesting to visit. I'm kind of debating with myself if I should go back in about three years or do North America. I have traveled a lot in the U.S. but not fished much outside of TN and NC. It cost about the same to go over to Scandinavia to fish for about a week or so as it would to go to the American west when you figure in transportation, food, lodging and all.

In a way it would be nice to fish some of the classic waters in the U.S. but on the other hand, you are definitely guaranteed more solitude in Scandinavia. It's a tough decision but a nice decision to make. Oh well, enough of daydreaming, I got about 36 months to try to save up. I can't save up any quicker than that due to all other obligations we are having in our daily rat race.
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