About us

Aki and Emilia are fishing guides as river rafting guides as well!

Aki Huhtanen

September - Monster Grayling on dryfly!

Born: 1976 in Oulu, Finland
Lives: Kilpisjärvi, North Finland

Aki defiantly lives the "dream." Spending his winters snowmobiling and ice-fishing at Northern Scandinavian Mountains and his summers chasing really huge graylings and other arctic species in and around the Enontekiö Wilderness Area, gives Aki his most joy. "I have never had a desk job and never plan to. It just wouldn't seem right."

I have been fly fishing for over 20 years and since 2006 I run my own guiding company, named GRAYLING LAND. During my fishing career I have visited many wonderful grayling, trout and char waters, but compared to any other river the Magic River is unique. In the northernmost reaches of Finland, there's a Magic river and lake where the grayling grow really big. Every year dozens of grayling over 1.5 kg (plus 55cm), the largest ones exceeding even over 2 kg (60cm) in weight, are caught there on dry.

"I really enjoy teaching people new techniques and seeing them catch fish is really exciting to me. When guiding I still consider myself fishing, but I have to do it through my clients, choosing the right fly, using the right approach and technique. When they get into fish, I feel like I had a big part in it and it is really rewarding." Mention dry fly fishing for grayling and Aki might just go crazy.

Sea trout, Arctic Ocean

Flyfishing for permit

Emilia Laitinen

Emilia knows where large graylings hiding. This one caught by #12 adult sedge imitation.

Born: 1987 in Hyvinkää, Finland
Lives: Kilpisjärvi, North Finland

Emilia's passion is dry fly fishing for grayling. In summer time you can find this woman by the river side with fly rod for sure. "Nowadays fishing is more than just a hobby. It´s a way of living" She has hooked hundreds of graylings over 50 cm, monsters over 58 cm among them. Number of fishing days per year almost reaches the milestone of two hundred.

Emilia's favorite fishing spot for grayling is a lake, She calls it "Forgotten lake". "I found the lake a couple of years ago. Lake was full of rising - like raining. The average size of graylings was 55cm and it was my grayling dream come true!"

Emilia has studied for fishing guide and she does guiding all year round. It's not a big deal for her to do two weeks' fishing trip up in the tundra without electricity and running water, sleeping in a tent with customers. It doesn´t matter  if it is winter or summer.
Winter time she loves to do ice fishing. Her favorite species  for ice fishing rod is arctic char.

When Emilia goes to vacation she takes fly rod with her, of course. When the polar night enters in the north she prefers traveling to Caribbean and catch bonefish and permits there.

Emilia and salmon 8.5kg on dryfly.

Winter fun!