demons and lagopus

demons and lagopus

t.z. | Thursday, 30 July 2015

Last summer I concentrated on the Børgefjell and Lierne area in the southern part of northern Norway.

I have been fishing there for a while and finally had a chance to spend several weeks. Living and fishing up there feels like «a hundred years ago».



One can feel real freedom in this part of the world. Eat, sleep fish … and some. I got totally soaked in and even more addicted.

To get from Majavatn area to Lierne & Skålestrømmen one has to follow a 150km long, partly very small one lane road through the mountains. It is an amazing scenery along the way. The weather was superb and I really enjoyed the trip. I arrived at my campground quite late and set up my Lavvo.

The Lavvo is a type of traditional tent used very often in Norway. Even though it is quite big, it is pitched in just a few minutes. After I had done that and fixed my camp, I reached for my rod.

My rod – or should I rather say «my one and only rod» at had at that time. It was a 7,6ft bamboo rod for a 5wt line made by Norwegian rod builder Vidar Steimler. …. Well, I could not find it. it had magically disappeared.

I was crushed. It dawned on me that I must have left it on the other side of the mountains. I had not other choice than to drive back 3 hours, while constantly scanning the side of the road for the rod. Just as I arrived by the boat-ramp where I previously had packed the car, I jumped out l searched every square meter of the area … nothing.

I then walked several kilometres each side of the highway. Nothing.

Frustrated, crushed and devastated I gave up around 4am and found myself a place to crash.  The daylight woke me up by around 7 again. I was tired and had almost given up hope but decided to give it another shot … and bingo. The impossible … the rod was lying right by the highway, just a few inches where countless big trucks had rushed by the last 16 hours since it was lying there. A small wonder. I put the rod on my dashboard so I could see it and drove back over the mountains to my campsite in Lierne.


The trip back was wonderful. Bright sunlight and blue sky with ascenery to match. I was more like flying back than driving. While looking at my treasure on the dashboard I could not believe my luck.

Not all were that lucky that day. The Lagopus (it´s a wild bird of the chicken family - brown in summer and white in winter) crossing the road was not having agood day at all. It should be her last. She made a short and fatal acquaintance with the front grill of my car, a red Renault Kangoo formerly servicing in the Norwegian Postal service.

The french vehicle was definitely stronger than the bird of the grouse subfamily. The chicken just exploded, in a way. I first thought I had driven through a pillow. Feathers snowing down slowly in a way too peaceful a manner. I finally stopped about 30 meters later and got out of the car to investigate the scene. I really want to spare you the bloody and brutal details, but can´t stop mentioning that I ended up with loads of tying material and a super nice dinner.

My car had performed a butchers job the french makers would have surely been proud of of. The bird was sort of unharmed, but cut straight off it´s feet and the chest skin blown off. Really handy. The breats fillets just needed to be taken out and the feather saved in a bag.

But that was not all. The small, one lane road had quite a "deja vue" moment to it. I didn't quite realize it, but this road was the one I chose a as shortcut when immigrating into Norway in 2009. When this dawned on me (during the first trip of the three) I had quite a few thoughts. All my demons tunred up. Angry ex-GF's, bad things which happened in the last years ... tons of crap started to pile up inside my little red car and around me. I almost stopped breathing.

That road crosses a mountain and shortcuts through a small, very dark tunnel. That part feels almost like a cave. As that would not have been enough - it also features doors on each end. You can imagine that, as tired I was, I found all that quite bizarre. After a while I understood the meaning of this tunnel. It was there for me to leave my demons behind.

So I left my demons there. Whenever they show up in my head, send the devils, demons and witches into that tunnel and lock the door. It works.

The summer continued for 6 more weeks with a lot of things happening and even more fish caught. I have included a few pictures which speak for themselves.

Do not hesitate to get in touch should you need tips or want to join me on one of my adventures. I promise to not put things on the roof of my car again. And no worries, apart from a very nedry fishing addiction I am clinically sain. 

/t.z.



Some impressions from last summer


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reel seat and Ephemera Vulgata

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Lavvu


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fishing happens at night in summer (pic taken around midnight)

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night colors


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picture by Al Pyke

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies.

Thomas is the author of "Fly Tying - Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling which is availbale on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1333532292



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