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Christer Sjöberg, the founder of Loop Tackle Design is telling the story about how the company was founded.

The dream came true

Today, develops, designs and manufactures Loop all their gear themselves. The case of rods, lines, reels, waders and clothing. All products are tools that will satisfy the most demanding users.

Tools that will handle the rough stuff and have a word that leads the way: function!
Experience, enthusiasm and an indomitable will to just put his name on the top has given us the Loop leadership in the development of fly fishing. We are proud of it.

Twenty years Loop has team of leading fly fishermen from around the world, all with the same goal: to develop better tools, to offer courses and adventure!

Loop started with a dream. Today, that dream a reputable company with reliable products that fishermen all over the world know and use in the hunt for his own dream fish.

On this site you can read more about all this. It's your favorite location in anticipation of the next fish!

Welcome to Loops world.

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As the dark winter nights start to slowly fade away and the light begins again, our thoughts are with our families and friends and also with the great memories from the past. However, there is much to celebrate this coming season and now we must focus our efforts on the future. It is time to dream about the big silver again!

If you are interested in hearing more about the rods that we have available for the 2012 season - please write Justin an email at justin@kharlovka.com or telephone Maria at +7 921 772 6857.

Looking forward to meeting you soon on the Northern Rivers.

Happy Holidays!

Norling Frodin And Kolja in Litza Tent Pool

Litza River Photo Thomas Thore
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Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. All credit goes to them. HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc. All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible, avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.

Se världen på ett sätt som du aldrig gjort förut! På en internationell rymdstation har besättningen time-lapse-fotograferat jorden på natten med Nikon D3S.

Den tyske filmfotografen Michael König har sedan utav dem sammanställt den här makalösa HD-filmen, som visar en spektakulär bild av vår planets skönhet i all dess prakt. Njut!

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Dear Friend of the River Dee

I wanted to advise that the River Dee fundraising brochure we have been working on has been produced and brochures arrive today for distribution.

It's taken a bit of time to get it right but we feel we have achieved this with a super mix of generously donated fabulous auction lots to raise funds to help us carry our vital river restoration work programmes and secure match funding.

I am eternally grateful to all who have kindly helped by donating these fabulous lots for auction, they have been so kind, and now we need to announce this to as wide an audience as we can reach.

You can review the fundraising brochure of auction lots by using this online link http://issuu.com/dee-trust/docs/27339_dee_trust_auction_prog_lo-res or review the attached pdf.

I wondered if you had a group or database of clients/friends who would like to read this brochure-fishermen all have cabin fever now the fishing seasons over, so perhaps this will ease their pain?
Please circulate this to as many people as you can who you think may find this of interest-I know this is a busy time of the year, but any help you can provide would be very much appreciated.

I need to circulate this news to as wide an audience as possible and I need your help if you have a spare few minutes to help me distribute this news.

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Kind regards & tight lines in 2012

Ken Reid
Fisheries Development Officer
DDSFB & River Dee Trust Office
Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne
Aberdeenshire, Scotland,AB34 5LA
D +44 (0) 13398 80411
M +44 (0) 7979 878971
E-Mail ken@riverdee.org
River Dee Trust Registered Charity No SC028497

Now it's time to support the River Dee again, bid on fantastic items and fishing opportunities worldwide

Vom Hofe Photo Thomas Thore
Vom Hofe Photo Thomas Thore Vom Hofe Photo Thomas Thore

The River Dee Trust needs help to be able to meet our aims and continue looking after the Dee and the surrounding area, for many years to come. Therefore we are holding an auction to raise funds for the restoration work that it undertakes on the River Dee. The auction has 14 premier lots which are outlined in a brochure (click here to view as pdf or here to view as online catalogue; alternatively, contact the River Office to request a hard copy).

You can bid on a lot by submitting a sealed bid by 29th February or by attending our final event in London on the evening of Thursday 1st March 2012 where all lots will "go under the hammer".

Our London event is being held at the Savile Club, 69 Brook St, Mayfair, W1K 4ER from 6.30 to 8 pm. Attendance is free and there will be a supply of whisky and canapés as well as a guest speaker. All we request is that you let us know if you will be attending prior to the event (please inform the River Office, 013398 80411, info@riverdee.org by Friday 24th February). However, if you cannot make the event you can still bid on a lot by placing a telephone bid on the evening or by sending us a sealed bid (see brochure for further information).


If you have queries relating to any of the lots or the auction please contact the River Office (013398 80411, info@riverdee.org). We may be able to provide you with additional information on the lots or may contact the lot donor on your behalf where necessary. Once the auction has ended and payment received, contact details will be supplied for you to make final arrangements directly with the donor.
Use of Funds

The proceeds from this auction will go to further our delivery of our education programme, support our up-and-coming tree planting project in the Upper Dee and help fund further easements of man made barriers to fish migration. Please look around this website, view our most recent annual report or our most recent survey bulletins to find out more about our work.

Vom Hofe Photo Thomas Thore
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Dalmore Dee Dram Photo Thomas Thore Dalmore Dee Dram Photo Thomas Thore

The Dalmore Dee Dram
The funds generated by the sale of the Dalmore Dee Dram will be used to directly fund the easing of five obstructions to fish migration across the Dee catchment. The obstructions are either historic weirs that impede fish passage resulting in fewer fish making it through to potential spawning grounds, or are badly designed culverts and bridge aprons that completely block fish movements. By using the support from the Dalmore Dee Dram we aim to seek match funding from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) River Restoration Fund to ensure that the money works harder to the benefit of the fish and the river. Overall approximately 25 miles of river and tributaries should be opened up.
The second area that we are working on with the support of Dalmore is tackling diffuse pollution with local farmers. Diffuse pollution in this context is the run-off of silt, sand and soil from nearby fields into tributaries causing spawning grounds to become silted up and juvenile nursery areas to become smothered. Over the last ten years over 80 miles of buffer strips have been installed across the Dee catchment helping to reduce this diffuse pollution, allowing the streams to recover and the fish populations to flourish once again. The Dalmore Dee Dram will be acting as a catalyst by helping the local farming community gain access to the technical support to allow them to apply for Scottish Government grants to install the buffer strips and maintain them in years to come. The Dalmore Dee Dram is vital for this process as it allows us to build up a good practical relationship with the local farmers and helps deliver real benefits to the fish over the coming years. Your purchase of the Dalmore Dee Dram will see a donation of £4 from every bottle sold go directly to fund these important works and will be topped up with match funding to make your contribution worth at least £8-your support is vital. We hope you enjoy your purchase of the Dee Dram whether enjoying with friend or as a fabulous gift item for a friend or relative. sláinte mhaith
Stocks available from the following outlets:
From Mar Lodge to Dess
George Strachan Stores
Golf Road, Ballater Tel: 013397 55452 Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and
Station Square, Aboyne Tel: 013398 86121 Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday
E-mail george@georgestrachanltd.com
From Dess to Woodend
Kincardine O'Neil Store
Tel: 01339 884201
Open 7am-6pm Monday to Saturday
E-mail susan@kincardineoneilvillagestore.co.uk
From Cairnton to Kingcausie
Deeside Drinks Emporium
22 Dee Street, Banchory Tel: 01330 822 650
E-mail deesidedrinks@live.co.uk

Dee Dram Photo Thomas Thore
Dalmore Dee DRam Photo Thomas Thore Dalmore Dee DRam Photo Thomas Thore

Dee Dalmore Dram de medel som genereras av försäljning av Dalmore Dee Dram kommer att användas för att direkt finansiera lättnader i fem hinder att fiska migration över Dee avrinningsområde. Hinder är antingen historiska vattenfall som hindrar fisk passage som resulterar i färre fisk gör det genom att potentialen yngelplatser eller är dåligt utformade kulvertar och bron aprons att helt blockera fisk rörelser. Med hjälp av stöd från Dalmore Dee Dram siktar vi på att försöka matcha finansiering från Scottish Environment Protection byrån (SEPA) River restaurering fonden att se till att pengarna hårdare fungerar till förmån för fisken och floden. Totalt bör ca 25 mil av floden och bifloder öppnas.
Det andra området som vi arbetar med med stöd av Dalmore är att ta itu med diffusa föroreningar med lokala jordbrukare. Diffusa föroreningar i detta sammanhang är avrinning silt, sand och mark från närliggande fält i bifloder orsakar lekbeståndets skäl att bli silted och ungdomsbrottslighet uppväxtområden till blivit kvävd. Under de senaste tio åren över 80 mil buffert har stålband installerat över Dee avrinningsområde bidrar till att minska denna diffusa föroreningar, tillåter strömmar att återhämta sig och fiskbestånden att blomstra igen. Dalmore Dee Dram kommer att agera som en katalysator genom att hjälpa lokala jordbruket få tillgång till den tekniska support så att de kan ansöka om skotska regeringen beviljar att installera buffert stålband och underhålla dem under kommande år. Dalmore Dee Dram är avgörande för den här processen eftersom det tillåter oss att bygga upp en god praktisk relation med de lokala jordbrukarna och hjälper till att ge verkliga fördelar för fisken under de kommande åren. Ditt köp av Dalmore Dee Dram kommer att se en donation av £ 4 från varje flaska säljs gå direkt till att finansiera dessa viktiga verk och kommer att vara toppade med matchen finansiering för att lämna ditt bidrag värt minst £ 8-ditt stöd är viktigt. Vi hoppas du gillar ditt köp av Dee Dram om åtnjuter med vän eller som en fantastisk gåva objekt för en vän eller släkting. sláinte mhaith bestånd finns i följande butiker: från Mar Lodge till Dess George Strachan butiker Golf Road, Ballater Tel: 013397 55452 Öppettider: 9 am - 5 pm måndag till lördag och Station Square, Aboyne Tel: 013398 86121 Öppettider: 9 am - 5 pm måndag till lördag e-george@georgestrachanltd.com från Dess att Woodend Kincardine O'Neil butik Tel: 01339 884201 öppna 7 am - 6 pm måndag till lördag e-susan@kincardineoneilvillagestore.co.uk från Cairnton till Kingcausie Deeside drycker Emporium 22 Dee StreetBanchory Tel: 01330 822 650 e-deesidedrinks@live.co.uk

Dee Dram Photo Thomas Thore
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Flat Stone Pool Litza Photo Thomas Thore

Exciting Travel News from the Atlantic Salmon Reserve!

Introducing the ASR - Finnair - Helsinki to Murmansk Charter for the 2012 fishing season!

The Atlantic Salmon Reserve is delighted to announce that there will be a significant reduction on the charter price for our ASR guests of nearly 30% - down to $500 per person each way, or $1000 round trip. In addition, it is now possible to bring up to 35kg of baggage + rod case.

The charter flight will be operated by the reliable Finnair company, in an Embraer regional jet and Airbus aircraft every Saturday throughout our late May to September season.

This reduction in price was made possible by a joint cooperation between the ASR together with Frontiers, Roxton Bailey Robinson, and Fly Fish Yokanga with the sole purpose of reducing the cost for our respective fishing guests.

For further details about the flight schedule and hotel recommendations in Helsinki please have a look at the travel section of our ASR website - http://www.kharlovka.com/travel.html

Other Improvements for the 2012 season include:
Reducing the number of Rods on both the Kharlovka and Rynda camps.
Lowering our overall fishing prices by 15%
If you did not receive a fishing invitation to join us on the Atlantic Salmon Reserve for the 2012 season and would like to do so - please send an email to Justin@kharlovka.com or telephone Maria at +7 921 772 6857.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Vladimir and Justin

The Atlantic Salmon Reserve
# 11 Pushkinskaya Street
Office 13-H
St. Petersburg, Russia
Tele: +7 921 772 6857
Tele: +7 921 772 6837

Norling fishing Litza

Norling in Litza Photo Thomas Thore
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I was able to collect some specs from several sources for the upcoming Nikon D4 camera.

The [NR] rating on those specs is 90% which means this is the real deal with maybe some small details being wrong possibly due to wrong translation.

After many rumors, it feels like we are really close to the truth now.

Nikon D4 specs


  • 16.2 MP
  • 11 fps
  • 100-102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
  • CF + XQD memory card slots! That's right, the Nikon D4 will have the new Compact Flash XQD memory card slot.
  • Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
  • Integrated Ethernet in the camera
  • Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder (maybe some type of a hybrid viewfinder? Nikon had several related patents)
  • Improved video, I have no other details on that but my guess is 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800
  • Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
  • Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
  • Improved 51 AF points
  • AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
  • Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8

The Nikon D4 is clearly made to compete with the Canon EOS 1Dx. I will stay conservative on the announcement date, but there is a very good chance that the Nikon D4 will be announced right before or during the PMA show in Las Vegas (January 10-13, 2012).

With the next round of pro DSLR cameras I think Nikon will make a clear separation of the D800 and D4. This is why they will probably announce both cameras around the same time in 2012. The D4 will have low MP count, high fps, high ISO. The D800 will have high MP count, low fps, lower ISO.


This is a clear differentiation from the previous D3/D700 offering that shared the same sensor/technology.

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Bolstad River Photo Thomas Thore

Torsdag 8. desember inviterer Fylkesmannen til ope møte om redningsaksjonen for Vossolaksen. Det vert mellom anna informasjon om nye forskingsresultat, status i lusearbeidet og regulering av fiske neste år.

Møte om Redningsaksjon for Vossolaksen

Tid: torsdag 8. desember 2011 kl. 18.00 – 20.00
Stad: Fleischer's Hotel på Voss

Vosso Photo Thomas Thore


Nye forskingsresultat, v/ Bjørn Barlaup, Uni Miljø

Pilotprosjekt videoovervakning Øynahølen, v/Andes Lamberg, Vilt- og fiskeinfo

Miljøløftet for oppdrettsnæringa og status i lusearbeidet, v/Cato Lyngøy, Marine Harvest/Vossolauget

Regulering av fiske i Vossovassdraget neste år, v/Gry Walle, Fylkesmannen i Hordaland


Fylkesmannen i Hordaland

Bolstad River Photo Thomas Thore
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Invitation Photo of FIN, do not miss this opportunity to have your photo added.

Stryn Photo Thomas Thore

FiN har startats av flugfiskare och är alltjämt nordiska flugfiskares egen tidning. Vill du med kamera i hand medverka till att försköna vår redan vackra FiN, så välkomnar vi att du skickar in dina bästa (flugfiske)bilder.

Alla som får sin bild publicerad i tidningen kommer att få en gåva från oss på FiN.

Av de bilder med tillräckligt hög teknisk kvalitet kommer vi på Flugfiske i Norden att välja ut en bild som kommer att få pryda tidningens framsida i någon av årets utgåvor.

I det senare fallet ska bilden vara i stående format och med en upplöstning på minst 2800 x 3800 pixlar (eller ca 30 Mb - 300 dpi).

Råformat, tif eller högupplöst jpg önskas.

Utvalda bilder kommer även att publiceras i ett eget album på FiNs facebooksida.

Bilderna skickas till info@flugfiskeinorden.se och kan med fördel skickas via www.sprend.com och där namnger ni info@flugfiskeinorden.se som mottagare.

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Small stream which flows into the River Dee on the Lower Dess

River Dee Photo Thomas Thore

Auction 2011 is closed

We are delighted that the online auction was a success - it raised £6,550 for the River Dee Trust.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the very generous donors of the auction lots as no funds could have been raised without them.

Thank you also to the all those who took part in the auction and to those winning bidders who have dug deep into their pockets to support the work we do on the River.

The proceeds from this auction will go to further our work in delivering our education programme, supporting our up-and-coming tree planting project in the Upper Dee and help fund further easements of (man made) barriers to fish migration.

Please look around this website, view our most recent annual report or our most recent survey bulletins to find out more about our work.

Mill Pool on Lower Dess By Night

River Dee Photo Thomas Thore
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