Norway Diaries | Entry No. 3 – Lærdal River, Bjorkum Pool
Sebastián Letelier is, in our personal opinion, one of the most talented multi-hyphenates of the fly fishing world. The title ‘painter-master fly tier-guide-avid storyteller’ doesn’t quite do justice to all he has to offer to the sporting world and beyond, but it’s a start.
Norway clearly has a special place in Sebastián’s heart, as can be seen in both his paintings and his words. We’ve compiled a mini series of Sebastián’s notes detailing each of his beautiful Norwegian Riverscapes. Read on for a peek inside the diary of this multi-talented individual.
I’m lucky to have fished the Lærdal, located in stunning Western Norway. I was struck by the majestic steep valleys and fjords, green-blue clear rivers, and the salmon! There is a long angling tradition and history here, dating from the 1800s when the rivers were leased by the English, who spent the whole season fishing here – and you can still see traces of that now. The late Ernest Schwiebert (one of my favorite authors) fished and wrote about the Lærdal River a few times, and specifically wrote about Bjorkum pool. I have fond memories of this river, the valley, the people I’ve met, and the spectacular scenery and the fish that swim in it.
-Sebastián Letelier as told to Sportsman’s Palette