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We make videos with DSLRs, cellphones, handycams, or whatever we can get our hands on. Our latest project is a documentary about, well, ourselves.

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We are four jazz musicians who are crazy about fly fishing. In 2009, we formed a jazz band called Jazz & Fly Fishing and went on a once-in-a-lifetime tour, playing concerts and flyfishing all over Sweden, Norway and Finland. A TV production team followed us along the road and made a documentary TV series about our adventures. The whole thing turned out to be too much fun, so here we are - making music and movies, and blogging about jazz, fly fishing, and beyond. Enjoy!



Our debut album, Slow Walking Water available now!




It´s been a while since our last video, but we got some really nice material this season, and have some winter-shortening videos coming up soon.

First, a video that has very little to do with fly fishing (but there are a couple of fly fishing-related things in there, if you watch it carefully).

The song is called Atlantis, and it´s taken from my own Håvard Stubø Quartet´s quartet album Vilhelmina. It´s available on CD and vinyl as well as digitally right now.

Hope you like it!

Later -




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The happy Finn

16th of june was booked since a couple of weeks back. Me and Fredrik found one single night we were able to go fishing together. It turned out to be a very beautiful evening as we arrived to the coast at sunset. Our friend Joel joined us and we were looking forward to the night fishing for sea trout. These midsummer nights have been good and we had a good feeling about the trip. When we got to the shore we saw that the water lever was very low and the wind was blowing from the “wrong” direction. Maybe it wasn’t going to be as good as we expected after all.

After some casts, coffee and sandwitches we had landed a couple of trout babies but saw nothing bigger. Then at the darkest hour Fredrik found a couple of feeding fish and was eagerly casting on those. He put on a really slim, simple fly and tried to present it very slowly. That seemed to be the trick. He lost one good fish and a missed a couple of strikes, but after a moment he landed a beautiful, big seatrout around 2,5 kilos. He handed the fly over to me – I was working on another fish that had been up on the surface. Moments later, I managed to hook that one and land a pretty, fat seatrout around 1,5 kilos. The night was turning out to be really good after all.

As the activity went down and I started to freeze, I took a walk to another spot that I knew often held good fish. I didn’t see anything in the surface and started blind casting. After a few casts something took the fly and I realized it was a trout way bigger than the one I landed earlier. Fredrik and Joel saw that I might needed help and rushed to me with the net and a camera. As the fish finally was landed, we saw what a beast it really was.

My personal trout record has now been adjusted to 68 centimeters, 3,8 kilos. I can tell you it was quite a relief to land a fish like this after all the curses and lost fish (see the ep.4 of Season 2 and you’ll get what I mean). And the summer up here has just begun…

The happy Finn

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    Dan  on June 25th, 2014

    Good god!

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New videos: Season Two, Episodes 3 & 4!

Yes! At last, here are the two final episodes of Season Two. Enjoy!


4 Responses to “New videos: Season Two, Episodes 3 & 4!”

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    Graham  on June 13th, 2014

    Superb works guys, can’t believe I nearly missed this one!! Pretty much sums up my 2013 season of bad knots and rubbish nylon!! Haha

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    Westler&Orrbeck  on June 13th, 2014

    Brilliant guys!

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    darkmontreal  on June 14th, 2014


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    espen  on June 14th, 2014

    Faen dokker begynne å bli drittgod på å fortelle historia med film. Glimrende arbeid!!

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Tie your own leader

There is a djungel of fly fishing leaders out there. Do you have you own favorite?

I have tried a lot of different brands and lengths but never really found a leader that beats the ones I tie myself. I did not invent this formula, only got inspired from a legend in the fly fishing world; Charles Ritz. He developed his own system and I changed it a little bit in order to make it work where I go fishing. I prefer pretty long leaders… 10 feet or more when fishing sea trout in the ocean and 12 feet or more when the dry fly is floating downstream some secret nordic river.

If you want to try, here is the JFF formula. You do not have to add extra centimeters in order to compensate lost material when doing the knot, it is already done. Loop knot: Perfection loop, all other knots: The blood knot. (it becomes slightly more aerodynamic than the grinner knot).

One more thing! The quality of the monofilament you use is of course very important. Check out different brands and compare the stiffness. You want a pretty stiff line in order to make the fly turn over when fishing, We use Maxima or Stroft…

Ok, it looks like this:

Dry fly leader, modified Ritz leader

0.50 = 140 cm

0.45 = 102 cm

0.40 = 46 cm

0.35 = 36 cm

0.30 = 29 cm

0.25 = 24 cm

0.20 = 20 cm

0.16 = 100 cm (last piece = flour carbon)

Total length ≈ 14 feet


Seatrout leader

0.50 = 130 cm

0.45 = 92 cm

0.40 = 44 cm

0.32 = 36 cm

0.27 = 30 cm

0.24 = 92 cm (last piece = flour carbon)

Total lenght ≈ 12 feet

Please let us know how you like the leaders! Good luck! /Fredrik

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    Ted  on April 30th, 2014

    I tie my leaders from clear Amnesia with less steps and a tippet ring. Makes straightening a breeze, your leaders last longer and it’s very easy to vary/change your tippet!

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    Amos Garrett  on May 4th, 2014

    Fredrik– Could you also do your leader formulas in Imperial measurements ( feet and inches)?– thanks– Amos

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    Kristian  on May 9th, 2014

    Great! Will try it out :)

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New Video – Season Two Episode 2: The Sacrifice

Hello, dear friends!

Easter is over, and Episode 2 of Season Two is ready.
Fittingly for Easter, the episode´s main theme is sacrifice and rejuvenation of faith. Other than that, there are few biblical references…

Season Two Episode 2: The Sacrifice from Jazz & Fly Fishing on Vimeo.

Press CC on the player for English subtitles.

Hope you like it!

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    Arne  on April 22nd, 2014


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    Amos Garrett  on April 25th, 2014

    great episode– it’s good for people to see how nasty a fishing trip can be– and still rewarding–

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Tellmefishing video contest

My little video from last year, Focus, was one of the nominees for the Italian short film contest Tellmefishing. This Monday, I was happy to receive this mail:

The jury panel has been very satisfied  with the videos received on the occasion of the first edition of Tellmefishing Video Contest and has decided to give, in addition to the official award, special mentions to some worthy videos .

In particular, it has been given a special mention for experimentation to the video:

Considered as  an interesting experimental and research work on the use of  images and the study of  sounds and  soundtrack.

Finally, we inform you that the winner of Tellmefishing Video Contest is:

Jonas Borinski with the video ” Luke”
Awarded for having communicated effectively , personally and emotionally the intimate and intense relationship between man and nature. A relationship that requires solitude , silence and rituals , expressed in images, gestures and music in complete harmony with the flow of water and nature.

And here are the two videos, Focus and Jonas Borinski’s Luke:

4 Responses to “Tellmefishing video contest”

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    Brothers On the Fly  on April 2nd, 2014

    Hey Joona,

    Thanks for mentioning and posting my video. You guys have been a great Inspiration ever since. Also congratulations!

    Cheers Jonas

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    Luke  on April 2nd, 2014

    Hey, watched “focus” again.nice work! and thanks for sharing our video here!
    Take care

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    Joona / Jazz & Fly Fishing  on April 3rd, 2014

    Thanks guys, and congratulations!!

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    Amos Garrett  on April 12th, 2014

    I preferred Focus– I like shots of 1. bugs 2. rising fish. 3.the take. Without these it’s a bit too much like fishporn.

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