Toivo PylväläinenFor many years I had thought that Lauri Rapala was considered the father of lure building.  At least that was what the sales pitch from the Rapala company and most sports fishing magazines in the Nordic countries seemed to want you to believe. When the Internet became available this view changed as I started to study the history of lure building. Fishing with artificial lures and flies are as far as we know today something that started as far back as with the ancient Greeks. Most anglers today have heard about how Lauri started to sell his lures, and his business grew until today being the largest lure manufacturer in the world. But was it really with Lauri that this piece of history started ? Did he really make his lures out of pine bark, and where did he get the idea to make his lures?

It turns out that the truth is a little different.

Perch on a Rudi64 WobblerEvery summer my two sons come to visit. They both love the outdoors, and everything it has to offer. Kristoffer, the youngest of the two is not the keenest angler. his interests are more for environment, biology and all the living beings in nature, and then specially in and around the water. Adrian, the oldest of the two is even more hooked on fishing than I am. This year Kristoffer had been invited to go on a trip with a buddy, so his stay was cut short. After he had left I aimed our activities more on fishing. This year we rented a boat on Hundsjön, and Adrian, Sonia and I went out to try for some trout. Unfortunately the wind increased such that we had to cut our trip short, so I suggested an alternate plan. Explore a small pond that I always had been curious about.

P6181681Perch grow very slowly, and with there being so many lakes and ponds in the area compared to anglers they do get a chance to grow bigger here than many other places. Specially compared to the US. I have constantly been getting feedback on my photos posted on the net about how large our average size perch are. While this actually isn't the truth if you count all ponds and lakes combined, it is for some of the less fished waters. Our large perch, and the fairly good chance of catching a whopper sized one attracted Ted to come and spend a week end fishing in our waters. 



P6011627In Härjedalen the summer season officially starts June 1'st. Of course it is possible to fish in open waters all year around, and usually most rivers and lakes have open water from the beginning of May. The thing is though that the lakes and ponds with Brown Trout and Arctic Char open Jun 1'st. This day a lot of anglers are out attempting to catch their first trout for the summer. I personally set off this day to do just that. Fish in some of the lakes and ponds that have been closed since there was thick ice on the water.