Ryan Marchese

My name is Ryan Marchese. First name is Irish, surname is Italian, born in England and living in Norway. A unique combination to put it mildly!

My fishing life began at the young age of two whilst paddling around in London park lakes with a net catching sticklebacks for my jam jar. It then evolved fishing the Thames in London with my grandfather. Though it wasn’t until I moved to the England/Welsh border and my 10th birthday that fishing became an obsession. My parents had never envisaged how much my first fishing set would shape the course of my future. School, homework and life in general took a backstage when it came to fishing. I fished where I could, when I could, from dawn to dusk.

In my teenage years I started to immerse myself in all forms of fishing. From spinning, bait fishing to fly-fishing. The passion for tying, casting and catching fish on the fly grew as the years past. After four successful years bait fishing in matches, fly-fishing took over. The next seven years were obsessively used to hone my fly-fishing skills on the rivers and lakes of North Wales.

Enjoying a cup of tea whilst sea trout fishing in the southern Norwegian archipelago.

Enjoying a cup of tea whilst sea trout fishing in the southern Norwegian archipelago.

I met my wife and after a year living together in the UK, we moved to her home country, Norway. I thought I had died and gone to fishing paradise. That was 12 years ago now, and my fishing has gone to the next level. To my wife’s despair, I’ve spent hours, days, by and in the water. Learning all that I can, listening and talking to the locals and experimenting with different techniques. I’ve even gone to the extremes of snorkeling at my favorite fishing places, learning more of the underwater topography, flora and fauna.

A fine sea trout

After a busy guiding season, late autumn/early winter gives me time to fish for sea trout in the Southern Norwegian archipelago.

In the later years after developing myself in the world of prehospital medisin and trauma, I turned my energies to my professional fishing career. After 18 months planning, I launched Southern Norway’s first professional guiding service AnglerPilot in March 2013. The past years have shown a highly successful service grow. Then I focused of certifications and off to Switzerland to the undertake the EFFA (European Fly Fishing Association) guiding certification, becoming Southern Norway’s only EFFA certified guide. I was then invited to be the first member of ArcticSilver’s fly fishing ArcticTeam. I spent an enjoyable year with them before realising a dream that I had as a child, I became a House of Hardy Proteam member. After Switzerland I travelled to Denmark, Ireland and Montana, USA studying fishing tourism and development of guiding services, then becoming a IFFF (International Federation for Fly Fishers) certified guide. The first in Norway. I am now lucky enough to be the World’s first EFFA and IFFF certified guide.

Standing proud after a week of testing for the EFFA guide certification.

Standing proud after a week of testing for the EFFA guide certification.

So all of this craziness had to be financially fuelled by a regular job. After four years in the UK Royal Army Medical Corps and then psychiatry, I took my paramedical training in Norway. I now look back on over fourteen years as a paramedic and still love my job. This combined with Mountain and River rescue courses has given me the invaluable knowledge and experience, which makes your time with me extremely safe!

A proud paramedic!

A proud paramedic!

Throughout my life I’ve been lucky enough to fish many different places in the world, as well as fishing at home here in Norway. I have now reached a stage in my life where I want to share my knowledge with others, and let others experience Norway for the beautiful and natural fishing heaven that it is.

For a professional description of myself, please visit my LinkedIn account: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanmarchese