US Update – North / West 2023
US Update – North / West 2023 We tried to pull off a project already in 2022 but the goddamn pandemic kept pushing us down and to our disappointment the borders were not opening up quickly enough and we could not get entry to the states. We had no choice but to push back on… Read more »
Video: Mojo – Part IV
Video: Mojo – Part III
Video: Mojo – Part II
Video: Prelude to a Spring | Fly Fishing and Bach
Video: Mojo – Part I
Strike Issues III
Video: Second Nature
Video: Strike Issues II
Video: Strike Issues I
Exciting, new plans!
It´s early May, and we’re in the middle of the usual summer planning frenzy. It´s always the same: this time of year, anything seems possible, and the list of good fishing options in northern Scandinavia is nearly endless. Unfortunately, the summers up north are terribly short, so tough decisions have to be made. By now,… Read more »
New video: The Sorcerer Vol.2
New video: The Sorcerer Vol.1
New video: The JazzBall
Hi, Håvard Stubø from Jazz & Fly Fishing has made one significant invention in his life. He calls it the JazzBall.
New Video: Renault
Finally! A brand new video. Hope you like it. Cheers – H.
Video from Japan with HSQ
Hi! A little bit of video: Wild Is the Wind, performed by Håvard Stubø Quartet. The video was recorded on tour in Japan, December 2015. PS! New flyfishing videos coming soon.
The Glory Map
A Trout Called Janne
New Web Site
Hi! Welcome to the new Jazz & Fly Fishing web site! We’we tried to come up with a bit cleaner layout and something that should also work on mobile & tablets. We’re still updating some bits & pieces, but please let us know in the comments, if you come across some problems. P.S. New stuff… Read more »
Wooohooo! The final (and best) episode of our Season Two, The Curse, won the Gullkroken (Golden Hook) award for best film. The award show was was held in Christiana Theater in Oslo, and the large theatre was jam-packed with happy fishermen. What a party it was. I still have a headache. Our good friends over… Read more »
Hi! It´s been a while since our last video, but we got some really nice material this season, and have some winter-shortening videos coming up soon. First, a video that has very little to do with fly fishing (but there are a couple of fly fishing-related things in there, if you watch it carefully). The… Read more »
The happy Finn
16th of june was booked since a couple of weeks back. Me and Fredrik found one single night we were able to go fishing together. It turned out to be a very beautiful evening as we arrived to the coast at sunset. Our friend Joel joined us and we were looking forward to the night… Read more »
New videos: Season Two, Episodes 3 & 4!
Yes! At last, here are the two final episodes of Season Two. Enjoy!
Tie your own leader
There is a djungel of fly fishing leaders out there. Do you have you own favorite? I have tried a lot of different brands and lengths but never really found a leader that beats the ones I tie myself. I did not invent this formula, only got inspired from a legend in the fly fishing… Read more »
New Video – Season Two Episode 2: The Sacrifice
Hello, dear friends! Easter is over, and Episode 2 of Season Two is ready. Fittingly for Easter, the episode´s main theme is sacrifice and rejuvenation of faith. Other than that, there are few biblical references… Season Two Episode 2: The Sacrifice from Jazz & Fly Fishing on Vimeo. Press CC on the player for English… Read more »
Tellmefishing video contest
My little video from last year, Focus, was one of the nominees for the Italian short film contest Tellmefishing. This Monday, I was happy to receive this mail: The jury panel has been very satisfied with the videos received on the occasion of the first edition of Tellmefishing Video Contest and has decided to give,… Read more »
At the casting club, part one
While waiting for the next episode in S.2, I will try to ventilate a rhythmic theory of mine. It is actually not about drumming but something as simple as fly casting. Or is it really that simple? Just grab a rod, attach a fly, cast 100 feet and catch a fat trout… Maybe not that… Read more »
Season Two, Episode 1: The Only Way Is Up
Yep: Season Two Episode 1: The Only Way Is Up from Jazz & Fly Fishing on Vimeo. It´s been a really long road, but here´s the first episode of Season Two. Hope you like it! We don´t have a releasedate for Episode 2 yet, but it should be ready very soon. We´ll let you know,… Read more »
Line Dancer (Lainen Dancer)
Hi! Yesterday I found one of my broken fly lines. It happens now and the and I have a couple of broken lines I have to admit. My standard behavior is to think like this when I find these line monsters: It might be useful, lets put i where I found it. I know that… Read more »
New Video: Season Two Trailer
Hi! Finally the trailer for Jazz & Fly Fishing Season Two is here! Enjoy 🙂 We are going to release four 15 minute episodes digitally during this winter and spring. And they will be completely free! Enjoy and stay tuned for Episode 1! Tapani Jazz & Fly Fishing Season Two TRAILER from Jazz &… Read more »
The year of 2013 and some bonus pictures
Fishermen, musicians and magic moment-lovers, hello and welcome to 2014! I hope this year will turn out to be the best year so far in history. Better than 2013… To make it short, fishing-wise I have had a lot of bad luck last year. Here is a short explenation… … It is late june in southern… Read more »
JFF interview @ Fly Dreamers
Our friends in Argentina have presented Jazz & Fly Fishing at their site Fly Dreamers. Håvard answered a bunch of tricky questions, a lot about film making and things around it. Check it out if you ever wondered: What kind of camera system do you use when you go filming outdoors? or How is the… Read more »
Saturday night jazz!
Heavily inspired by Håvard’s allbymyself films I have finally got my solo piano recording done! It’s taken a lot of time and effort, and the feeling of holding an album in my hands feels almost unreal. It’s been a musical process I’ve never really been through before. I’ve basically never performed or recorded my own… Read more »
Happy new year! Cross country skiiing legend, Olympic gold medalist and Finnish parliament member Juha Mieto shares his views on Jazz & Fly Fishing with us: PS! We´re working hard on some new videos at the moment. A 2013 allbymyself video and our Season 2 trailer is right around the corner. Stay tuned! Later –… Read more »
Hi! Just a short report and some pics from Santiago, Chile, where I played with Håvard Stubø Quartet last week. The tour was great fun, the food was good, the beer was refreshing, the music was happening, the audience was great. Everything was good. And there was no fishing at all. Why? Because I just… Read more »
Good news for all of you who still don’t have our DVD or CD. Order before January 1st and you’ll get 5 EUR off the price for either of the products! There’s still time to get them for Christmas, but order before the worst mail rush. It’s very simple: you go to this page. Then… Read more »
Right now, the short arctic autumn is rapidly turning into winter. Which is a good thing, really: The last couple of weeks have been a kind a limbo – no fly fishing and no skiing, just grey, wet, cold and dark. Late autumn is always messy, even the travelling and touring feels muddy and cold…. Read more »
Hi! Just got word that my short film “It´s Hardly Ever Like That” is nominated for this year´s Gullkroken award in the “Best Film/Short Film” category. I feel really proud and flattered to be nominated along such heavyweights as Lars Nilssen and André Brun, and hope to see as many of you as possible at… Read more »
Out of the water
After an exceptionally long fishing summer, with an early spring and warm autumn, the winter’s now just around the corner. How do I know? We are actually having mail conversations again, first time after the summer’s fishing. Discussions about upcoming film projects, fishing trips and tours. I myself have been quite busy with my solo… Read more »
Autumn Is Underrated
Last year, I made a video about autumn fly fishing called Eternal Summer. In the video´s voiceover I say something like “I have to admit I´ve never really liked autumn that much”. Well, now I have to admit that since moving up north, I´ve actually started to like autumn a lot! I went fishing yesterday,… Read more »
Autumn, Mayflies & Arctic Char
Hello again! This weekend wasn´t supposed to be about fishing at all. Friday was spent doing lots of incredibly boring office work (the dark side of being a jazz musician), and saturday was all about manual labour. Well, the weather was awful anyway, so it´s not like I missed out on any fly fishing…. Read more »
Here you go. Some screenshots from some new video material, shot by Arne Mobakken and myself. Videos will start coming when autumn turns into winter. In August, Arne and I made a couple of really good fishing trips: One to a newly discovered river high up in the mountains, and one to one of my… Read more »
Frantic Summer Days
Hi! In between fishing trips right now, trying to make the most out of the way-too-short summer above the arctic circle. As ususal, the fishing has had its ups and downs, with everything from huge hatches and big, steadily rising fish to weeks with gale force winds from the north and very crappy fishing. More… Read more »
It’s time for the highlight of the year, the JFF Nordic Expedition! As usual, we will be exploring unknown territories in secret places far north. We’ll be away from computers and blogs and stuff for a while, but stay tuned! Here are some goodies from the past years:
New video: Trout Slap
Me and Fred went seatrout fishing a couple of days ago. It was a very strange evening! Right after the trip and a couple of beers later Trout Slap was born. To be watched with a glass of well chilled rosé wine. Enjoy! Music: Whistling: Katson Autiota Hiekkarantaa by Veikko Samuli/Juha “Watt” Vainio/Katri Helena Bossa… Read more »
Silver bars and organ pipes
This week I was playing some gigs in old churches in Sweden. Nice, acoustics and beautiful buildings and surroundings. We played some folk tunes, classical themes and hymns, all arranged for a jazz trio. I of course brought my camera and took some photos along the way. When I got home I went fishing for… Read more »
New video: Focus
Here’s a short film from a trip a couple of weeks back. One man, one camera, one fish, one situation. Plus some experimenting with the out-of-focus shapes with different lenses. Music by Jazz & Fly Fishing. Enjoy! Focus from Jazz & Fly Fishing on Vimeo.
Big Mayflies, Big Trout and Big Horses
Ahhh. Sometimes, life above the arctic circle is just so… good. Sunny weather, green fields, snowcapped mountains, and huge amounts of Ephemera vulgata mayflies hatching. What more can you ask for? I only caught one single fish today, but it was a really good one, a 2,4 kg (5,3 lb) wild brown trout on… Read more »
Still cold in southern Sweden and fly fishing has to wait. Me and Freddy are planning a fly tying session soon. The boxes need to be filled for the upcoming JFF adventures. There will be a trip to a secret location in Scandinavia in the summer and also some saltwater fishing for something else than… Read more »
Friday Jazz: Goran Kajfes "Sand Boogie"
Hellau! So far, J&FF´s Friday Jazz has presented music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, so I guess it´s about time we give you some contemporary sounds. In 2010, the brilliant Swedish trumpeter/composer Goran Kajfes released a great album called X/Y. The opening track, called Sand Boogie, is a real knockout: it has one of… Read more »
Stomach Flu in Gothenburg
Hellau! Just back from Gothenburg, where we recorded the soundtrack for our upcoming DVD (working title: Season 2 – F***ed for Life) and did some additional shooting – interviews and such. Despite Fredrik and me getting sick with some kind of stomach flu that we probably got from Joona (thanks, man!), we were highly productive… Read more »
Friday Jazz: John Coltrane Quartet "Resolution" Live!
Hi, and happy new year! Let´s be honest: January sucks. At least in the northern hemisphere. It´s cold and boring. And at 68°26.3028′ N, where I´m sitting as I´m writing this, it´s pretty damn dark, too. And everybody´s flat broke, hung over and fat after Christmas´ insane excesses. Well, at least things are moving in… Read more »
Friday Jazz: Miles Davis "Call It Anything"
Hi! We have a brand new column for you today. It´s called Friday Jazz, and the concept should be quite self-explanatory. For this first edition of Friday Jazz, we´ve found a real treat for you: Miles Davis´ legendary performance at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. The 38-minute performance took place in front of… Read more »
Fighting the robots
Some of you might have noticed that our site was down during a couple of days the last weeks. We were attacked by mean internet hacker robots, probably sent to us by our competitors at deathmetalandjerkbait.com. No hard feelings, we’ve survived the crash and are up and running again. However, please report if you experience… Read more »
New video: Eternal Summer
Greetings! A brand new video with autumn dry fly fishing: Later – H.
Two weeks ago, Norway´s first award show dedicated exclusively to fishing was held for the first time at Riksscenen in Oslo. Gullkroken (The Golden Hook) was a great success, and the theatre was jampacked with happy people (mostly men, unfortunately). Gullkroken was also the debut of The Maggots, a group of musicians/fishermen that was put… Read more »
One man, one piano
Howdy! One night about a year and a half ago I was sitting in my rehearsal room, playing through my old sketchbooks. I have piles of those music sheets with small phrases, ideas, tunes, and I’ve basically written down this music stuff since I was a teenager. I found a lot of stuff I had… Read more »
Hi, everyone! Are you still fishing or have you already decided to wait for the spring? In the Nordic countries the temperature is quite low by now. While the Australian fishermen have a temperature of around 25 degrees, we have around 5 here in Southern Sweden. Up North it is way colder. So, what fly… Read more »
I had a day off and decided to go for a fishing trip to a put and take lake to let out some fishing steam. My usual fishing buddy Fredrik was busy with other stuff, but luckily I found a “victim” from the jazz club a few days earlier. My old friend Johan, who usually… Read more »
Now this is a really creative way to fight for salmon: a sport event for the fish. We wanted to spread the word, so read on: Fishrun – first fish sport event at the mighty river Kymi in Finland has begun! Formula1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen among supporting celebrities! Project FishRun aims to increase awareness… Read more »
Cold nights and red hot chars
Right now it might seem like an eternity to next summer, so it might be a good idea to refresh some memories from last summer! Stay tuned, there’s new stuff coming up soon: Håvard is working on new videoblogs, Fredrik tries to save the world by flyfishing, Joona will tell more about the solo piano… Read more »
HDR in the land of Sauna
Howdy! It’s good to hear Håvard’s still catching trout up north despite the disappearing daylight and descending temperatures. I haven’t unfortunately had too many fishing opportunities lately, but there’s some other nice stuff going on: Last weekend I went to our summer cottage in Central Finland. I installed the software called Magic Lantern to my… Read more »
Fall Mayfly Extravaganza!
Autumn vs Håvard: 2-2! I had a great fishing session today together with my friend Erlend Welde from Utras.net. We bumped into a huge mayfly hatch – for hours, great clusters of mayfly duns came pouring down the river. Autumn really is underrated. And this time I got some good video material too, so a… Read more »
Autumn vs Håvard: 2-1
Yep! I´ve been away playing for the last ten days, and haven´t fished at all. Back up north again, I went fishing for some ours today together with my friend Vegard Stormo. It was a beautiful autumn day with crisp, clear air and stunning colors, and we had a memorable session with several good fish… Read more »
Autumn, Pop Music and Fly fishing
Maybe you red my last blog a while ago (alone in the wilderness). If you think that it is totally made up, you’re wrong. I actually spend almost a week on my own in the wilderness. The problem is that I didn’t catch anything to brag about. The biggest fish – an arctic char, didn’t… Read more »
Autumn vs Håvard: 2-0
Went fishing/filming today. Yr.no, the fabulous Norwegian online weather service, reported sunny weather and no wind (again). This time, they got part of right at least: The day was sunny and strikingly beautiful, but unfortunately also way too windy for the trout to engage in any serious surface activity. Sound familiar? Well, that´s fly fishing… Read more »
Autumn vs Håvard: 1-0
Hi! I´ve started working on a new short film about autumn fly fishing above the arctic circle, and my plan was to go filming today. The forecast said sunny weather and no wind. Yeah right. This is what we got: I will not give in. Yes, I know that resistance is futile, and that autumn… Read more »
Would you release the meter-long pike you just caught? How about a big seatrout? Do you only fish for species that have a steady population and can take the fishing? If you answered yes, you are probably a Responsible Fisherman. Those are the opening lines in the press release of the newly opened Finnish fishing… Read more »
Day 3, 4, 5 and 6
11:00 Finally! A river! A river? The lady at the hotel never mentioned any river when I asked her about the map and my planned route. Let’s take care of that problem after some water. I basically fell down to the ground, dropped the back pack and slid down to the water’s edge. After a… Read more »
Went fishing yesterday, and it wash´t half bad. Autumn is underrated. I stumbled onto a huge hatch of Bibio pomonae in one of my favorite rivers, and found a couple of really good fish that could´t resist the juicy black bugs, gulping them down at a steady pace. Here are some screenshots from the video… Read more »
Katri Helena, The Grand Lady of Finnish music entertainment, competes in fly fishing
I had to pinch my arm twice, check out it wasn’t 1st of April, and run a virus control on my computer when I saw this headline on the Finnish news: Katri Helena took place in the womens’ fly fishing championships in Finland. For any Finn, Katri Helena is the face of adult oriented schlager… Read more »
Excellent Review in Jazznytt
Greetings. Here´s an excellent review of Season One from the latest issue of Norwegian jazz magazine Jazznytt: For those of you who aren´t fortunate enough to be able to read Norwegian, I can decipher a couple of lines: “Spending a long time on the road will do something to a jazz band, and the group… Read more »
Alone in the wilderness, day 2
Day 2 (cliffhanger.. ) 07:00 Woke up when I fell down from the bed. My head landed on one of the stones. Tried to laugh but it wasn’t too easy. Something felt wrong. Something.. A creature was moving around close to me. Outside the boat house I suddenly found myself staring at a.. to be continued….. Read more »
Alone in the wilderness, day one
This summer I had a very strong need of having “some privacy”. With privacy I mean fly fishing of course, but also time on my own. Since I wasn’t able to join the other guys on their long expedition earlier this summer, I made a solo trip. Here is a short version of the six… Read more »
Above Arctic Circle in B&W
Hi! While Håvard is out on his top-secret-gigantic-trout-spot fishing trip and we’re waiting for Fredrik’s report from his one-man-one-week-extreme-survival trip I’ll post some black & white photos from the other, more down to earth trips this summer.
Hellau! Just back from the mountains after a half-day fishing trip. I was hoping to get some solo-filming done, but it was a little bit too windy up there – you need perfect conditions to make the solo-filming thing work. Still, the fishing was pretty good, and I caught 7 good brownies and arctic char… Read more »
Hi! Still up north. Still fishing, taking photos and filming, trying to squeeze as much blog material as possible out of the way-too-short subarctic summer. I´ve had some really good fishing sessions during the last weeks, catching several good fish and even a couple of big ones on the dry fly. The high-jumping trout on… Read more »
I'm Out of Focus – But it's Good
Ahh back in beautiful Copenhagen again ! On our “two week glide” up north we were doing of course a lot of fishing, music, filming, casting – all of which require good focus for results. Back in the city I can finally let go and be out of focus… No fish to catch, no Håvard… Read more »
4 pics from the north
Hi! Here are some pics from the Northern Expedition 2012. There’s more to come, stay tuned!
Fred & Me on Live TV
Hi! The last few weeks have been really busy. I´ve been doing a lot of fly fishing lately – summer above the arctic circle area is such a brief phenomenon that you really have to make the most it. Like last night, for example, when I caught the pretty 1,1 kg fattie above. We´ve gotten… Read more »
The way up
I’m sitting in a café in Northern Sweden, charging some batteries, ready to take off and meet Tapani and Håvard who already have started our northern expedition this year. The apple pie was pure excellence and the coffee is strong. Good stuff! I left Gothenburg alone this time, as Fredrik had to skip the trip… Read more »
Stuck in southern Sweden
If you red the last blog from us, you know about our expedition going on right now. Tapani is probably catching a huge trout as you red this. Håvard is dancing behind a tree. Joona is wrestling with a bear. Petzi is filming.. I´m just guessing since I´m not there. Quite a lot of gigs fell… Read more »
Greetings! We are up north. We have started our expedition. The weather is crap. The weather will get better. We will catch big fish. We will keep you posted. Stay tunes!
New Video: Picking Blueberries
On June 14th, I grabbed my camera and my flyrod and went to one of my favorite areas to fish and film a little bit. Beautiful scenery, beautiful fish and a not-so-beautiful man. Bon appetite!
Now what’s going on here??? Firstly: our producer was in a bike crash and was really close to end up on the hospital bed for a long while. Luckily he was wearing a helmet and made it only with bruces. No fly casting for a while, but he’ll be fine for the summer’s expedition. Secondly:… Read more »
Back at the Upper Itchen
Ahhh. Finally back at the Upper Itchen! It´s great to be back up north again. Early summer is a magical time above the arctic circle, with nature exploding in the perpetual daylight. The transition between winter and summer is incredibly short – spring up here lasts for a couple of weeks – so everything is… Read more »
National Day, Bears And Plans
Greetings from Sweden! No picture this time, I’ll save them for later! Click on the blue text below to see the greeting card. This iphone-clip is from Dresden, and today we’re doing about the same thing in Gothenburg. This is how we are supposed to celebrate our own national day. On friday I will hopefully… Read more »
Some trout in the town
I’ve been sick now for about a week. It didn’t stop me from fly fishing or playing jazz. Last week I went to Germany with a traditional jazz-band. Man, germans really do know how to treat a musician – always friendly people over there I have to say! Then, back in Sweden with fever, two… Read more »
Jazz & Fly Fishing DVD out now!
After a long wait – here it is: The Jazz & Fly Fishing Season One DVD, is officially released today, 25th of May 2012! It comes in an exclusive double DVD digipak and is region free. Get your copy at our shop and spread the word!
Fly of the month: Angry Worm
Sorry that I’m writing about sea trout all the time! The thing is that I cant get them out of my head. Here we go again! In the middle of my war against the trout, the wind, waves, the sun and other tuff enemies, I have shaped a new, lethal weapon. It works very well,… Read more »
I just got a message from my wife. She is expecting a friend to visit, everything was in order at home and then someone knocked on the door. A big, ugly man with five huge boxes addressed to Jazz & Fly Fishing, asked her to sign. She tried to refuse and explain she has never… Read more »
New Video: Season One Trailer
Yep! A short trailer for Season One, which will be released on double DVD May 25th: It comes in an exclusive Digipak wrapping, and you can preorder it from our shop now. Buy buy!
Dark Days At the X
Ever since we started Jazz & Fly Fishing, I´ve been teasing the other guys in the band with a place called the X. I´ve told them that the X is probably the best place in Scandinavia for big trout and big arctic char. From time to time, I´ve shown them blurry pictures of happy, non-J&FF… Read more »
Alright… this is what happened yesterday: (if you don’t know what I’m talking about – take a fast look at the previous blog) The wind turned when I took my first steps in Malmö. The direction of the current switched direction at the same time, something that happens every now and then. In general, it… Read more »
After a hectic week in Gothenburg I discovered that I had one day off. That day is tomorrow. The last week I’ve been playing as a maniac and hardly fished at all. Meanwhile, a friend has sent me a couple of pictures from his fishing sessions. The first photo came five days ago. While I… Read more »
Rider on the Storm
Hi! Here´s a video from the reharsals for Sorga kler Elektra, the theatre play I´m part of right now. In the video, we see Torbjørn Eriksen, who plays Orin Mannon, performing The Doors´ 1971 rock classic Riders on the Storm, along with some random shots from the play. The video was made by someone from… Read more »
Sunday Jazz: At First
Band: Gemmer-Toivanen-Fryland-Møllehøj Title: ‘At First’ The working name for the band isn’t going to work in the long run 🙂 so if you can come up with something shorter, please post suggestions in the comments. At First by Søren Gemmer Gemmer-Toivanen-Fryland-Møllehøj Søren Gemmer – Piano Tapani Toivanen – Bass Andreas Fryland – Drums Per Møllehøj… Read more »
Hi! Right now, I´m working my ass off in the theatre, where I´m part of a play that opens this saturday at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo. The play is called Mourning Becomes Elektra (or Sorga kler Elektra in Norwegian), written by the American playwright Eugene O´Neill. It´s a rewrite of the oldest surviving play… Read more »
Once again, the great Swedish photographer and flyfisherman Knotan has pointed us in the direction of an outstanding video. This one is perfect for a grey monday morning. Get out of your chairs and shape up!
Farewell to Keihärinkoski
We usually don’t post and link other than stuff in English, but after reading a fantastic Finnish blog post about Keihärinkoski rapids, I felt I just had to share it here. For you who still haven’t learn Finnish, I can tell that Keihärinkoski is a short river, more like rapids, that connects the lakes Kivijärvi… Read more »
Delay (and 5 shots)
We´re terribly sorry, but – surprise – the release of Season One on DVD is delayed… Our best estimate as of tonight is three or four weeks from now. We´ll get back to you with the exact release date very soon. The whole thing is done (and we´re pretty excited about how it turned out,… Read more »
A day in the life
Yes, that name is a bit stolen, I have to admit that… think it is ok. A day in the life, great tune by the way! Went fishing today as usual. Many small trout were landed, but the big ones knew how to avoid the fly. Here are some moments from today and yesterday: 1…. Read more »
The jazz bread
The beginning of April 2012 is freezing cold. I have now been fishing quite a lot for a couple of days. I´m not sure it is a good idea, being a musician, to transform the fingers to stiff ice sticks. Can it really be healthy? Maybe somebody out there nows more about it. My legs… Read more »
Pontza's 1st of April photos
As a reply to Fredrik’s hilarious description of our 1st of April trip, I will now post some photos in behalf of my new alter ego Ponza Luvainen. Pontza indeed has vodka in his vains and that makes him immune to the cold water and wind. When others lied in the sun and warmed their… Read more »
Falling down on the ground
I have had two very busy weeks, packed with teaching, gigs and rehearsals, fly tying, grass fishing and a lot of other strange activities. Yesterday we were finally allowed to go for the sea trout again. After this long and boring winter. While Tapani is spending his time color-correcting our documentary and Håvard is sewing… Read more »
Bokeh Monster: The Meyer Görlitz 135mm
In photography Bokeh (from Japanese boke), is the aesthetic quality of the back- or foreground blur. Photographers love all kinds of tests where lens performance is measured by resolution, contrast or edge light falloff, but the bokeh can’t really be measured. You either like it or not, or maybe you don’t even think about it at… Read more »
Tapani is working hard at the moment. Jazz & Fly Fishing´s Season One is soon up for release on DVD, and Tapani has gotten the important but dirty job of color correcting and color grading the whole 9 episodes. This is a massive job, since it involves adjusting the esthetics of the picture in every… Read more »
This video works anywhere in the world, but Norwegians, Swedes and Danes will probably enjoy it the most. Check it:
Interview and CD review online at jazzconvention.net
The Italian jazz site JazzConvention (J.C.) has just published an interview with a couple of the Jazz & Fly Fishing guys. Read it, and you’ll find answers to questions such as “If each of you were a fish, which fish would it be?” or “Who, among you, has the best score in fishing?” There’s also… Read more »
Signs of Life
After a long, dark winter things are finally starting to look better. Today it’s vernal equinox, and the lighter 6 months are ahead of us! Two weeks ago I saw the first flying insects this year, me and Fredrik have filled our fly boxes for the seatrout season, and the lakes are inevitably losing their… Read more »
This is what I´ve been working on the last couple of days. I have nightmares about eyes now… The music is a piece called “Göteborg”, written and performed by Jazz & Fly Fishing. I remixed it a bit. Hope you like it!
Sick as a Dog
Spring is here (well, sort of). And the first scent of spring always brings an ustoppable urge to go fishing. Where? Not important. How? Not important. For what? Not important either. Since most lakes and streams are still frozen solid up here, early spring fly fishing in Scandinavia usually means fishing in the ocean for… Read more »
Casting in the park
Last week the snow almost melted away. Spring is slowly coming, just a few more weeks and it will be green everywhere. A couple of days ago I went up to a park close to where I live. I brought a #5 rod and an old yellow DT-line. Thought it would be a good idea… Read more »
Sigur Ros, Karahnjukar and the Alta River
We all hate it when beautiful, untouched waters are ruined by hydroelectric powerplants. But too few of us try to do something to prevent it. The other day, I stumbled upon this video from 2007 featuring the great Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros. Protesting against the building of an enormous dam project called the Kárahnjúkar… Read more »
Fisch & Fliege
I´d just like to inform our German-speaking friends that there´s a nice spread about Jazz & Fly Fishing in the latest issue of the German fly fishing magazine Fish & Fliege. Czech it out!
Ahhh! Friday, and another selection of previously unseen footage from the secret J&FF archives! Here we go:
Did you see the RISE?
Now’s the time for the RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival again here in Europe! This is a wonderful opportunity to support people who put a lot of their dedication, time and effort to making fishing films! Go there and you’ll meet crazy people crazy about crazy things (well, probably mostly hairy men watching other… Read more »
The magic flute, jazz, and secret maps
Well, here are some of the very first shots taken with my new Canon 60D. They are from our recent sessions in Gothenburg where we did the usual: some trip planning, flute playing, filming and we even played a gig. Good times!
This summer we are going to make a long hike. We will go far up North, far far away from anything that looks like humans. Very very close to huuuuge trout and char. It is not going to be easy. Who said life supposed to be easy anyway? We have been doing some serious planning… Read more »
Once again, the great Swedish photographer and flyfisherman Knotan has brought a spectacular video to our attention. This one is from Finland. Enjoy your monday!
Goran Kajfes´ X/Y won the Nordic Music Prize for best Nordic Album of the Year, and that makes us very happy! You must click play below – you owe it to yourself to experience this beautiful music. And if (when) you find out that you dig dis, go to gorankajfes.com and order the double album,… Read more »
Be a Hero – GoPro underwater
Do you remember a few years ago when the GoPro HD hero action camera was announced? From being a small camera brand used mainly in action sports photography, this little camera quickly found its way to filming everything from skydiving to saving the Chilean miners in 2010. The GoPro HDHERO2 was released at the end… Read more »
Happy Valentine's Day!
Rage Against the Shadow Cast
Approaching 60.000 views on YouTube and Vimeo, Tapani´s little satire on the art of fly casting is still causing massive controversy online. Especially on YouTube, where haters and lovers leave their comments on a regular basis. In fact, some viewers were getting so heated up by this little video that we had to start moderating… Read more »
Our deep dive into the Jazz & Fly Fishing Archives™ goes on. 7 more shots today, 6 of them previously unseen by non-JFF humans! And one picture that I included because I felt this post needed a picture of a big fish. Here we go:
Hi! I was checking through some pictures from one of last summer´s J&FF expeditions, and found quite a few nice shots that for some reason have been left unpublished. These three were taken by Joona Toivanen aka The Famous Finnish Phenomenon™. Seeing this kind of stuff right now really makes me wish I could fast-forward… Read more »
The City of Cars, Sausages and Snus
Hi! I´m reporting live (well close enough, anyway) from the train between Oslo and Gothenburg, the city of cars, sausages and snus. Our plan: Rehearse a little bit, do some filming, play a gig at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, and make some decisions about this summer´s fishing and filming. I´ve been doing a lot… Read more »
I was at the Swiss Alps last week skiing down the beautiful mountains. Saw some nice rivers from the train… wonder if there would be any fish there? I tried the stitching technique for these landscapes. 550D, Canon 50mm f/1.4.
Gig @ Gothenburg International Film Festival
Now’s the time for the annual Gothenburg International Film Festival! The intense eleven days will see the screening of 429 films from 80 countries, more than 40 seminars as well as parties, clubs, music, food and exhibitions. The Grande Finale, the ending party is on Saturday Febryary 4th at a hip club called Yaki-Da. It’s… Read more »
Blood Knot Blogger issue
One of our favorite online fishing magazines, Blood Knot Magazine, has released their 2nd annual Blogger Issue. This mag is packed with feature articles and fantastic photos from around the world. Excellent winter reading! We are also proud to be contributing writers on this one. Enjoy!
New Video: It´s Your Fault
A short edit from our tour in Poland, September 2011 Music: Jazz & Fly Fishing Thanks: Ranjit Prasad at Saraswati Studios, Igor Glinda at Tartak Fly Fishing Centre, Kuba Standera at Sztuka Lowienia, Peter, Thomas, and all the other beautiful people that helped us out and made our stay in Poland so memorable. We´re coming… Read more »
Fly Fishing Russia´s Far East
Russia´s far east has always fascinated me. The vastness and remoteness of this enormous area makes Scandinavia´s deepest wilderness seem like an urban park. And there is fish there, too: lots of weird and beautiful salmonid species, many of them unique to the area, as well as other interesting species. And there is very little… Read more »
Fish soup! If you fish in areas that holds a lot of wild fish it doesn´t harm to every now and then keep one fellow. When that happens, this recipe can be a good choice! If you have a lot of energy you can bake twisted baguettes at the same time. If you have even… Read more »
This spectacular video was brought to my attention by the great Swedish photographer and flyfisherman Knotan. Be sure check out Knotan´s site, and enjoy the video!
The art of eating & fly fishing
As a longtime friend of Fredrik – the creative genius, drummer and flyfisherman of J&FF – I know that the subject of food is of utter importance. Whereas most people have probably been through the following stages, I will use Fredrik as an example, partly because he’s a nice guy that loves eating, and also… Read more »
Winter is not fun. Sure, it has its moments: I like skiing, both downhill and cross country, but the Nordic winters are so long it´s ridiculous. Some people have more sense than others, and head for the southern hemisphere. Spending February in New Zealand doesn´t sound too shabby, but alas, that´s not gonna happen this… Read more »
2012 it is! Several storms have passed over Sweden the last couple of months and the days are short. In the area around Gothenburg, the weather has been very gray and wet. Very boring simply said. Yesterday Joona and me went on the first fishing trip of the year and we actually had great luck… Read more »
Jazz & Fly Fishing´s 2011 in Videos and More
With 2012 on the doorstep, here are some of the highs (and lows) of 2011, seen through various camera lenses: Last christmas, Tapani and Joona decided to saw a big hole in the ice of the lake outside their cottage in central Finland. Then they did some really strange: First they sat for hours in… Read more »
New Video: Karaoke!
Jyväskylä, Finland, June 2010: After a reasonably successful tour in Finland, we ended up having a little bit of a party. A couple of drinks later, going to a karaoke bar to make complete fools of ourselves seemed like a really good idea. And as always with J&FF, the cameras just kept on rolling… Enjoy,… Read more »
What´s up with Joona and Tapani? Why are they singing? Who are the girls? The answers to these questions (and many more) will be revealed in a new, highly controversial video that will be published here during the next fortyeight hours. Stay tuned!
The International Press
There are some fresh articles out there for our international followers. No longer do you need to stick to the barbaric Scandinavian languages, just get your copy of the latest Swiss Petri-Heil (in German), or the Polish Sztuka Lowienia! For those who prefer English, check out the webmagazines This is Fly and Scale Magazine (also… Read more »
JFF on Scale Magazine
The beautiful Scale Fly & Spin Fishing Magazine has introduced Jazz & Fly Fishing in their latest issue. Check it out, lots of articles to read (English & German) & stunning images!
The Fly Corner
The second fly corner reveals one of Håvards most secret weapons. It is a very very thin and anonymous fly that works almost every time. The fish, especially easy scared char, usually takes the fly every time. The difficult part is to present the fly so that the char (or trout) wont get suspicious. That… Read more »
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a truly magical phenomenon. I grew up in Narvik, Norway, hundreds of kilometers north of the arctic circle, and seeing the aurora was far too commonplace for anything more than halfhearted remarks like “Oh – nice northern lights tonight”. Still, I remember it as a deeply fascinating experience –… Read more »
Urban Rainbow Mystery
Hi! Remember this one? Click here to see LarsogLars/VGTV´s video! It solves the mystery of last year´s giant rainbow from Frognerparken (Oslo´s Central Park), and it also reveals the highly urban location where I caught this spectacular fish some weeks ago. The video is in Norwegian, but since you´re smart enough to follow this blog,… Read more »
New Video Gallery
Hi, We have published a new video gallery, where we feature our best stuff! I hope that finding and viewing our videos will be a little bit less painful experience from now on. As usual, all of our videos can be found also on our YouTube and Vimeo channels. Try it out!
Shadow Cast: The Jury Has Reached a Verdict!
After days of intense scrutiny in the drama-filled dark of my private projection room, I have finally arrived at a decision in the planet-wide J&FF Shadowcasting Competition. I won’t waste any time getting to the point: The boys at J&FF furnished me with what they considered the three finalists, and I decided that #2 —… Read more »
The Truth About Jazz & Fly Fishing
Click here to check out the latest issue of This Is Fly. In addition to interesting articles, heaps of great photos and the coolest cover art and layout in fly fishing ever, there´s an article written by yours truly! The piece tells the true story of Jazz & Fly Fishing – past, present and future…. Read more »
New Video: The Only Way Is Up
As you may know, we´ve started working on a brand new documentary about ourselves, and here´s an edit of some the first material we recorded during winter/early spring 2011. We´ll record throughout 2012, and the film will be out in the early months of 2013. Hope you like it!
Coming Up: Season 2 Sneak Peek Video!
Yep! Sometime within the next 48 hours, we´re releasing an exclusive sneak peek on our brand new Season 2 material. Stay tuned, we´ll let you know… PS! During the next 24 hours, there will be an article about J&FF in a really cool magazine. We´ll let you know about that, too!
The Fly Corner
Welcome! It is soon Christmas again. Adult humans are competing with each other in order to buy the cheapest or most expensive gift. Santa has occupied the city. I hate to say it, but isn´t christmas little bit overrated? Just a little bit? Lets give some money to charity instead!? Anyway – instead of buying… Read more »
Are you one of the people who panic about Christmas presents to your parents, boy/girlfriend, boss, yourself, fishing buddy, bandmate, dog, doctor, milkman etc. We have solved your problems! The perfect gift is to give something made with human hands, with love, dedication and compassion (now that it has been our hands doesn’t matter that… Read more »
Four and More
Hi! There´s gonna be lots of cool Jazz & Fly Fishing stuff coming on this website in the near future: 1. A sneak peek on our brand new Season Two material. Video coming up! It´s gonna be something else. 2. A feature about us in a really cool magazine (we´ll let you know). 3. Grand… Read more »
…it is! Today, I´d like to share some impressions and images from this year´s huge Bibio pomonae feast, or at least my part of it. It took place somewhere in the mountains of Nordkalotten, the vast, sparsely populated area that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia. This is where I´ve… Read more »
Can anybody tell me…
…what this insect is called? In Latin, please. Anyone?
Fly Fishing Party in Oslo!
Tomorrow night!!! 18.00!!! Oslo!!! Fly fishing party!!! LarsogLars DVD launch!!! Fly fishing video competition!!! Screening of a brand new Jazz & Fly Fishing video!!! The thruth about the giant rainbow!!! Lots of cool stuff to buy, including J&FF´s CD Slow Walking Water!!! Lots of other cool stuff to buy, too!!! Lots of stunningly beautiful people!!!… Read more »
Oslo´s Dark Secrets
Hi! I was out filming in central Oslo with Lars Nilssen from LarsogLars.no yesterday evening, and we uncovered some incredible secrets, hidden just in front of our noses. The place where I caught this fish lies a few hundred meters from my appartement, and it doesn´t show up on any map or aerial photo. It´s… Read more »
New SC Competition Entry – Shadow Cast 2 – The Fly Society
And here’s officcially the final entry for the Jazz & Fly Fishing Shadow Cast Competition 2011 ! (It was also posted before the DL.) We’re no longer accepting new submissions. Good luck for all the participants! And may the shadow be with you. See all the entries at The Shadow Cast Competition Page !
New SC Competition Entry – Shadow Cast 1 – The Fly Society
Heyy, time for the final SC competition entries, which were published before the deadline! (I was busy in Berlin and didn’t get around posting them, sorry for the delay.) See all the entries at The Shadow Cast Competition Page !
New SC Competition Entry: Back in 2007(?)
Now this is some interesting stuff! Our good friends and colleagues at Frontsidefly.com sent us this video a couple of days ago. While it does show some very impressive Shadow Casting, the most interesting thing about this video is that the Frontside guys claim that it is from 2007(!) Now if this was true, it… Read more »
New Shadow Cast Competition Entry: In the Shadow of the Cairn
See all the entries and post your own at The Shadow Cast Competition Page ! DL ending soon: 1st of November!
New Shadow Cast Competition Entry: Kullervo
See all the entries and post your own at The Shadow Cast Competition Page ! DL ending soon: 1st of November!
Arctic Char Video on Lars & Lars
Hi! Lars Nilssen´s video from Savalen (the place where I filmed the huge schools of spawning arctic char you saw in this post) is out on VGTV now. There is some J&FF material in there, too: a totally hysterical scene that our good friend Arne shot with his compact still camera. The scene features me… Read more »
Shadowmaster: The Song
Only eleven days to go until the Shadow Cast competition closes! Just to remind you, the winner gets: – Eternal Glory – Guideline Fario 8’6” #6 – THE ULTIMATE SHADOW CAST ROD. – The song “The Man I Want To Be” dedicated to him/her, written, performed and produced by J&FF. And here, ladies and gentlemen,… Read more »
…Sometimes the fish don’t bite, sometimes they do. Today it was very strange that nothing happened. After fishing for three hours without a single take, we went back to our cabin and had some food, drank coffee and slept for a while. Then we went home. Does it sound exiting? Well, it was a nice… Read more »
So far, no fish
Jazz master Per Oscar Nilsson is trying to catch something. So far the fishing sucks, lets see what the next hour will bring.
Live blog (almost)
View from the car… In twenty minutes we will start to fish. Three men in a very small boat, huge perch and pike in the lake. Will update this action blog every hour…