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Nirvana of the North: Jämtland, Sweden
These pictures are all taken during a few summer weeks in the central part of Sweden, not far from the Norwegian border, in a region called Jämtland. Located 6 and 10 hours north of the southern Sweden cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, this area is locked in snow and winter for much of the year. When summer comes, it comes in force. In about four months, from June to September, the fish work to put on weight for spawning and the soon-to-return winter.
The limestone waters of the Enan and other rivers of the region are rich in bugs and the fish grow large and strong. The average weight is between 2 and 3 pounds and many of the Brown Trout and Arctic Char go past 24 inches in length with weights of 6 or 7 pounds.
Fishing is but a part of being here, though. The light here is amazing, and not just for a photographer like myself. This far north, it never gets completely dark in the summertime, just a few hours of dusk and dawn in the middle of the night. Some of the pictures you see here are actually taken around midnight. Wild Browns and Arctic Char are the only fish you will find, both in the rivers and the lakes of this area.
Here, these clear, vegetation-rich waters breed colorful fish. I just love the coloration of the fish up north. In a short season, the hatches are very concentrated so most of the fishing we do is with dry flies. Having said that, a big streamer, especially in the lake, can get you a big surprise. The waters of the Jämtland are very different than my home waters in the south of Sweden. Our season is much longer and even though the trout tend to be bigger down where I live, the massive and concentrated hatches of this part of Scandinavia draw fly fishermen north every year.
Ulf Börjesson is a newspaper photographer at Göteborgs-Posten in Gothenburg, Sweden, a lifetime fisherman, as well as a fly fishing instructor and lecturer. Ulf has fished the waters of New Zealand, Scandinavia, England, Scotland, Wales and waters all over America such as Ulf is a regular contributor to several Swedish fly fishing magazines. His work has also been featured on the covers of prominent fly fishing magazines such as The Drake and Hatches. To see more of Ulf's work, visit his website.