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Emilie Björkman, born and raised in a small village in the County of Dalarna in Sweden, grew up fishing and hunting. Her parents introduced Emilie at a very early age to both sports. Whatever weather, rain or sunshine, hail or freezing cold, Emilie’s parents took her fishing and had a great influence on the passion that later became a career.
Emilie nowadays works with fishing and outdoor related activities like guiding, various media productions and education. And apart from that, she constantly travels the globe to live out her dream - fishing in awesome surroundings.
Living out your passion, traveling to remote countries and hiking those long distances to find that perfect fishing spot isn’t always easy. But Emilie loves every minute of it, this is her beautiful struggle.
When and how did it all start?
I was born and raised close to nature in a small village in Dalarna, Sweden. Hunting and fishing has always been a big part of my life. I remember my parents taking me fishing when I was little. Regardless the weather, freezing cold or even a full-on storm, we went fishing. It’s always been my parent’s passion and they were eager to pass it on to me. When you grow up and live this close to nature you also get another understanding of the importance of living with the elements, not against them.
Is there a specific moment or struggle that means a bit more to you?
It’s when the salmon finally hits my fly. That is a struggle that can go on for days, even months. After so many hours of hiking, thousands of casts with my fly rod, days in the worst weather conditions you can imagine and to finally get a salmon to hit the fly is one of the best rewards one can get. Somehow, it’s also the struggle in the salmon fishing that I love the most.
What is it that make you climb higher, walk longer and continue searching?
What gives me the strength and drive to trek for hours to a remote lake or a little stream is my never-ending urge to explore. You never know what to expect. I just want to keep going and I won’t give up until I’ve found what I’m looking for. Because there is nothing I would rather do.
What is the biggest challenge with what you do?
First, to find the balance in life in order to make it work. To find the time do to do everything I want to do. Second, to keep pushing myself to go out there no matter the season or elements. If I go out there as much as I can I know that each moment can be, or will be, it.
How would you explain the perfect beautiful struggle?
I’m always on the hunt for better, always looking for that next perfect spot. I can trek for hours, travel across the world to find what I’m looking for. There’s no guaranties I get any luck, no guaranties the sun will shine or I will get that perfect catch. But it’s not supposed to be easy, it’s the struggle in it that makes this my passion, and it’s the struggle that makes it all worth it in the end. That is my beautiful struggle. That is what I live for.