I started fishing quite soon after I learned to walk. I received my first fly fishing rod and reel at the age of 11 from parents. Since that time, I have been passionate about all aspects of fly fishing, fly tying and the equipment. During this lifetime journey I have always been fascinated by the fly reel and have become very interested in making my own equipment. On this journey, I started dreaming of building a fly reel; it took me more than five years before I could even begin the process of building this reel. It took another year and a half before I had the confidence to show my first reel in public. The process of building this first reel was a long arduous process but an extremely rewarding one. I have had the opportunity to work in our family business of metal construction company in third generation. This allowed me the opportunity to learn about the metal manufacturing industry given me the experience and knowledge I needed to start my own reel making company.
During the time I studied classical singing in San Francisco I met many wonderful members of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. During this time, I was inspired to learn the art of casting the long belly line. After practicing for many months, I decided to compete in the prestigious and widely accepted as the World Championship of Long Line Competition: The Spey-O-Rama (SOR) at the Golden Gate Anglers Pond in San Francisco. I met some of the best casters in the world and these casters continue to be an inspiration for me. I believe I am the first Finnish competitor to compete at this world famous SPEY-O-RAMA TOURNAMENT. My competition nerves were not ready to take the great pressure of casting in front of all the best. Soon after I returned back to my home country Finland and more determined that ever, I preceded to win the Nordic Championship in 15’1 Spey competition. With needed self confidence that made me realize I can compete with the best, I also have won the Finnish Championships in 15’1 and 18′ Spey Casting since then.
Finally, I cast because it’s fun; I make reels because I enjoy it and I fish because I love it!