Published Jan 1. 2001

GFF partner Martin Joergensen, Denmark

One of the founders of GFF

A small selection of Joergensen's stuffI am the main contributor, daily editor and developer of this site The Global FlyFisher. I'm certainly not the only person behind the site. The list of contributors is long.
I live in Copenhagen, Denmark (That's København, Danmark in Danish).

A few facts about me:
- I'm an avid fly tyer and fly fisher even though my activity has been somewhat impaled by a chronical disease.
- I have written articles in Danish and International fishing and fly tying magazines
- I have contributed to fly tying and fly fishing books in both Danish and English
- I have tied at shows in Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and the US
- I have spoken on many occasions in clubs both home and abroad


You are of course welcome with any kind of comments or suggestions, which can be sent to me by regular e-mail (


Some GFF stuff that Martin was involved in:

Martin's blog entries:



Our local Senior Center (55 Plus) has a fly tying club. We tie flies, swap recipes & materials, tell fishing stories, and offer emotional support for "losses". Recently, a member had a stroke, he wants to continue to tie and fish. But he only has full function in (of course) his left hand. Are there any suggestions for tying flies one-handed? Fly Fishing one-handed? Thanks.

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You must be talking about my article on breathable waders, but I didn't mention any fabrics that don't freeze. I think that most materials will stay unfrozen. They may stiffen. Some stiffen a lot, but it's the amount of water in the fabric that influences the stiffness most, not the material itself, although that will get stiffer when really cold. Wet cotton freezes to a lump of ice when it's really cold.

Real cold weather is not a big issue when you are not immersed in water. I'd go for fur or wool. Ice and snow is "dry" and will not get into the fabric or material unless it melts. Cotton will work too, but doesn't have the insulating capabilities of wool or fur. Synthetic materials like nylon get really stiff when it's extremely cold.

I'd look into what companies such as Arcteryx, Columbia and North Face use. They seem to know the game.

Hope this helps.


Good morning,
I am looking for a material that doesn't freeze. You mentioned in one of your articles about such a material. It repels water and doesn't freeze. Can you tell me more about this material. I am not making waders but am trying to work up something for my 85 year old father who still likes being outside.

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Yes, this DVD is highly recommended, but also from New Zealand, which can make it difficult to get a hold of. But the web site for the DVD has links to shops in the US, which might help. I have no European sources unfortunately.


Hi Martin
one question how do we get the movie once in a blue moon to Denmark ??it looks like a must have fore the collection
Regards Anders

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I have long planned to continue my podcasts, but for different reasons I haven't been fishing much this year and even less recording.

I have had several people inquire about the podcasts recently, so I might just start them up again. Unfortunately the fishing season is coming to an end here, so there might not be much happening till spring, but I might do some indoors and fly tying shows. We'll see.


hi Martin

Please can you do some more podcasts?


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Buying licenses is usually not that difficult provided that you know where to get them. That varies from river to river. Ask in the local tackle shop or the tourist information or on the web.

But remember that the rivers close for winter and most are closed now or at the end of October, so fishing them would be impossible until next spring. A few are open during November or to mid-November, but still. Check this before you plan to go.

Prices vary, but expect about 20 Euros for a day on most waters. And paying your way with whiskey to the land owner is not a likely scenario in most places, since the fishing rights have been sold off to clubs, which administer the licenses.


Hi Martin -

Great website and a wonderful reference. Work well done.

A few friends and I were planning a trip up to Denmark ( we live in Switzerland ) and would like to fish for
Sea Trout in the river systems. It is understood that one needs a general fishing license, but will also need
to purchase, or find a place to purchase, a fishing license for the specific beat - or stretch of river they would
like to fish. I had found a forum which stated that one person "gave a bottle of nice Whiskey" to fish on the river section that was owned (taken care of) by the person (s). It was an older article ... but one that made me smile.

My questions would be:

1. Is it challenging to purchase a license for specific river systems? (Popular rivers like Karup, Skjren, Simested)
2. How much would these license typically cost per day, and are there restrictions that one would not know about just searching the internet.

and of course ... if you have any recommendations on what to use, time of the year, places etc ... that would
also be wonderful. We were hoping to come to Denmark either in the end of October, or sometime in November.

Thanks again,



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You could use our excellent search function and find:


I am searching for the furled leader article reported to be on your website. Great site definitely will revisit.

Martin great site,visit it many times ,every year in the spring I go to denmark,flyfishing for seatrout,love denmark.
Use this site for information and reade al the articles.
Are you comming to te fly-fair in holland this year, IT,S BACK.

Best regards, Harry

Hi Martin. This is a great Web site that contains a tremendous amount of information. Thanks very much for your efforts :-) GC

Hi Martin, Many thanks for the kind comments on my book "Fly Fishing the Great Western Rivers". Life is good. I'm going fishing today near my home in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Maybe you and I can fish together someday. For the time being, Tight Lines! Ralph Kylloe

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I have no current plans regarding the US. I'd love to go - I have a bunch of people that I want to visit and places that I want to fish, but time and money keeps me from going as often as I wish.

Such is life...


Martin, great site! I shall have to return many times to read it all. Nice work. When will you be crossing the Atlantic to the U.S. again?...Warm regards,..Bob

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