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Elías Pétur

When I turned 7 years of age my parents gave me a fly rod for a birthday present and since that day there has been no return - I quickly became both obsessed and fascinated by this form of fishing.

Over the next few years I devoted a lot of time practicing my casting, if not by a river or a lake then out in my garden. At the age of 14 I started working in a fly fishing shop here in Reykjavik. During my time at the store I learned a great deal about the different brands and types of gear, and acquired as much technical knowledge of all fly fishing equipment, innovation and technique as I could.

As soon as I got my driver’s license I wanted to move my focus from the technical aspects of fly fishing towards the practical application, and so made the decision to begin working as a fishing guide. Today I work as a professional fly fishing guide during the summer months, chasing Atlantic salmon and brown trout in some of Iceland’s most pristine rivers and lakes.

In the winter time I focus on fly tying, writing articles and working on conservation projects for the Icelandic freshwater species, for example the lake Thingvellir brown trout which I care deeply about.

Now I spend almost all my free time fly fishing - I’m not like most of my friends, I don’t waste my summer chasing after girls...oh no. I chase fish, look under rocks for nymphs and try my absolute best to make that damn fish take my dry fly. In my opinion that is what life is all about, those magic moments you have by a river or a lake that you will forever cherish.

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