Posts Tagged ‘Sweden


History: Boom! Then, upon second to last thought………..

High Explosives SBTwo old boxes, one for dynamite, one for blasting caps. When my mind flits back to dynamite, I usually envision a long fuse burning away toward a cluster of dynamite or a plunging detonator blowing up dynamite to move earth or layers of rock during mining. 

But, for those of you, like me less learned about this old material here are a few fun facts:

Dynamite, the detonator and blasting caps were invented by one Alfred Nobel, born in Sweden in 1833. Alfred was somewhat of a boy genius or at least quite bright with little in the way of formal education. Gifted in the sciences, engineering and languages, Alfred’s parents exposed him early on to research in armament as well as travel to Russia, France and the United States. Nobel issued over 350 patents in his lifetime, was central in implementing over ninety armament factories and brought great focus on how to better build explosives. At the same time, Alfred was somewhat a ‘pacifist’. Odd evolution, but interesting nonetheless.

Toward the end of his life, Alfred Nobel created a trust into which he put the overwhelming majority of his wealth. Further he created the Nobel Prize in multiple categories of Science, Literature, Peace etc. Today we generally hear about the Peace prize but there are other important categories, all created via the benevolence and vision for man’s growth and betterment by Alfred Bernhard Nobel. He died in 1896 and was buried in Stockholm, Sweden.

The photos are of two old boxes in an old warehouse in Portland, Oregon. I took the shots because of the rustic appearances and then thought to look up more about dynamite.

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Full Figured Dressings (Mannequins & Hooks)

full figure xSwedish Mannequins Getting Bigger?

Over the last decade or so, everything in fly fishing seems sparse, lean, smaller, lighter. Ever lighter fly rods, thinner waders, fabrics, and ever smaller fly patterns. Efficient and seemingly productive. 

I am not advocating for heavier rods or clothing. But, larger, more full figured fly patterns do have their place in the fly box. Size 18 (fly patterns here) are necessary, but a size 14 (fly pattern or clothing size) is often closer to the reality of what is normally used. 

Perfect your fly tying on larger sized hooks and scale down the proportions and materials to smaller hooks over time. Trying to go to smaller sizes too soon only leads to frustrations, whether dieting or fly tying.


Johan Soderberg’s Piscatorial Pictorial Pages (His Shared Global Community)

Rainbow Trout~Johan Soderberg (Sweden)

Rainbow Trout~Johan Soderberg (Sweden)

This is a compilation of Johan’s travels and fly fishing exploits combined with other fly fisher’s work. Lots of great travel pictures with relaxed, natural shots that really capture the sites in Europe and beyond.         htm


Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov’s Tube Flies

The late Shumakov tied beautiful long winged/shorter tube flies for Salmon in his Russia and beyond in his final resident country, Sweden. He was a pioneer in Russia, working with meager resources and an innovator in the land of  Spey

Coca Kola

Coca Kola

……in 1993, was invited to Lund University for post-doctoral training. Since 1993, I live in this small university town in the south of Sweden. Here, I have found a very rich environment for my hobby: many rivers, lakes, P&T reservoirs, not counting hundreds miles of first class coast line for fishing sea trout and other species. I have many friends here with whom I work behind our ‘vice’, fishing together and discussing future fishing trips. Here, I discovered for myself Scandinavian style tube fly-tying and became a ‘die hard’ fan of it. There is no doubt that a particular article in UK “Trout and Salmon” magazine by Hokan Norling, the inventor of the Templedog fly, opened up a whole new world of tube flies for me to discover. It gives almost endless possibilities for tying. I have fished tube flies with great success since 1995, in many rivers on the Russian Kola Peninsula and in Kamchatka, as well as Sweden and Norway.

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