Ashly and I had a fantastic trip to Russia and then fished in both Finland and Sweden. Russian immigration gave some drama (it always does for me) when the car papers I produced (purchaser document) was not sufficient to cross the border. Fortunately Mika Lappalainen came to the rescue. I didn't know Mika then but I most certainly do now. A Finnish fishing guide who very kindly drove us to Murmansk and then picked us up the following week. He's a really good fishing guide as well as top bloke of course and I feel this the start of a wonderful friendship.
The fishing was harder this trip than my last one, but I had some hosting duties and so couldn't go as hard. But even although the fishing was great. Tim had a 9lb brown, I had a 4kg brown and a 7lb brown on a size 14 sedge that went ballistic. It seems that everyone on the trip was fishing a Hot Torpedo :) I'm hoping to get back again next year on a different week. It is a magical place and IMO one of the world's finest trout waters.
Finland is good too! And we fished with Mika for grayling afterwards. Some very beautiful waters and I will definitely return. After Finland we dashed off to fish with the Swedish Fly Casting Team including a couple of days with Stefan living in his aircraft hanger of a tent. It's been fantastic, but now we are zipping our way down to Helsinki to catch an evening ferry. Tonight we'll have arrived at our next destination... Estonia!
Just a reminder we have a very special pre-launch offer in the tackle shop on the new HT10 which is available for 650 GBP saving you 100 GBP. This rod we be ready for shipping early September. I know everyone claims to make the best rods and that obviously can't be true, so all I'll say about it is that it's our best rod!
Next week Ashly and I drive from Estonia to Hungary on the attached route. If you fancy a cast/fish or beer then please get in touch. It would be great to meet.
Have a wonderful week!