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New duo take the reins on Norway's Gaula

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New owners Per Arnberg and Enrico Cristiani New owners Per Arnberg and Enrico Cristiani

The Norwegian Flyfishers' Club has for thirty years been the life's work of Manfred Raguse, who built it up from the early days after readers of his German magazine articles asked to come and fish with him. Now a new area dawns with new owners Per Arneberg and Enrico Cristiani taking over the famous Rotation fishery with its extensive prime salmon-fishing beats on the middle and lower river.

A chance meeting in June 2011, while fishing the same beats of the Norwegian Flyfisher’s Club, has brought about a new and invigorating change of ownership and management to the NFC as well as the fulfilment of life-long dreams to run a flyfishing establishment for Per Arneberg and Enrico Cristiani.

Both men have been avid fishermen from a young age – and between the two they have fished the Gaula for many years, as well as many of the finest fly-fishing rivers of Norway, Scotland, Russia, Iceland and the United States.

It was perhaps inevitable that with their shared passion for fly fishing and their entrepreneurial spirits, that in just one short week, the two were already discussing the idea of one day owning and operating a fishing operation such as the NFC together. Little did they imagine that an exploratory conversation with NFC owner Manfred Raguse, that same week, would turn their dream into a reality in less than a year.

As of the fishing season start on June 1st 2012, Per Arneberg and Enrico Cristiani took over the ownership and operation of Norwegian Flyfishers Club. As the new NFC management team, Per and Enrico have exciting plans for the future operations which will include continuing Manfred’s important thirty years of salmon conservation projects and activities that has turned the Gaula into one of the finest places to fish for wild Atlantic salmon in Norway today.

Per and Enrico would like to recognize Manfred’s accomplishments in founding, building and developing the NFC into a great outfit and also to thank all of NFC’s loyal clientele for their contributions over the last thirty years to making Norwegian Flyfishers' Club a great sporting destination. Their hope is to continue developing NFC from this strong foundation into one of the premier fly-fishing destinations for Atlantic salmon in Norway.

Manfred Raguse will keep collaborating with NFC as a consultant, last but not least for Salmon conservation projects and he will also act as sole booking agent for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg. Daniel Stephan will keep supporting the new NFC management team, while Thies Reimers will continue to work with Manfred.

 

Per Arneberg – (Chairman, Norwegian Flyfishers Club AS) grew up trout fishing in the Telemark region of Norway and spent summers on the Laerdal river, on the west coast of Norway, where he first encountered salmon fishing. By the age of 12, he had landed his first salmon of 12 kgs and his passion for salmon fishing was born. He has been salmon fishing and exploring the sport and its rich history in his homeland of Norway ever since. In addition to overseeing the company, Per will take an active role and responsibility for continuing Manfred’s conservation work of the Gaula .

Enrico Cristiani – (General Manager NFC AS) grew up in Italy, fly-fishing in the Italian Alps, Slovenia and Austria. He was first introduced to salmon fishing while working in the Scottish borders, which soon lead him to begin fishing the famous rivers of Norway. He will combine his passion for the outdoors and flyfishing with his background in hospitality and hotel management, to act as general manager for Norwegian Flyfishers Club.







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