Thursday, August 30, 2012

20 Questions: Bjorn Stromsness

Bjorn Stromness
Bjorn Stromsness is a self-proclaimed bonefish junkie who lives in the bonefish capital of the world ... northern California.

OK, so, it's safe to assume that he's also amassed quite a few airline miles in order to reach the flats of the Bahamas or Belize. Thing is, the dude is hooked. He's got bonefish on the brain

I can identify, somewhat--although I've only chased bones once with frustrating results. For me, the lure of saltwater fly fishing is magnetic, even though I live landlocked in trout country and generally get schooled whenever I find my way to the salt.

Bjorn seems to me to be one of those guys who, once he finds something that turns his crank, throws himself into it without reservation. He doesn't claim to be a bonefish expert. In fact he claims to be just the opposite--a novice staring up the steepest grade of the learning curve. And I think that's what excites him most--a challenge he's yet to conquer... yet to master.

I dig that in a dude. If you want to master something--even bonefishing from temperate climes of northern California--you have to do it as much as you possibly can. If we all made that kind of commitment to the things we were passionate about, we might solve some of the world's biggest challenges. Like permit.

I hope to get the chance to meet Bjorn one day. Until then, the answers to these questions will have to suffice. Enjoy.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Being on the bow of a flats boat under a full sky on a rising tide in the Bahamas.

What is your greatest fear? 
Losing my daughter.

Which living person do you most admire? 
Yvon Chouinard

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

What is your favorite journey? 
Probably fishing Cuba this last year. Amazing trip.

On what occasion do you lie? 
I try very hard not to lie. If you lie and get caught you never have any credibility again.

Which living person do you most despise? 
Rush Limbaugh.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

What is your greatest regret? 
I’m going to refrain from saying anything about my first marriage here. Let’s say not starting fly fishing until I was 21.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 
My daughter and my fiancée (I’m getting re-married in 12 days)
What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Raising my daughter.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 
Easy. A bonefish.

What is your most treasured possession? 
I have a bonefish sculpture by Fred Gordon that I kind of love.

Where would you like to live? 
Papa himself
The Bahamas, and it will never happen.

Who are your favorite writers? 
Hmmm… I love Hemingway (cliché), Terry Pratchett and Davin Ebanks.

What’s on your iPod? 
Avett Brothers, Iron and Wine, Likke Li, the Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel and, for my daughter, Lady Gaga.
If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival? 
"There is a great flat out back with large, stubborn fish that are difficult, but not impossible." 

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? 
Bacon everything.

What’s the closest you’ve ever been to dying? 
I may have walked through a minefield in Bosnia and I’ve had some pretty good swims in swift rivers, but nothing serious.

BONUS QUESTION: If you could go back in time, what year would you visit first? Oh, I’d love to see the Keys or Bahamas in about 1500. Probably some pretty good fishing around then before we started screwing things up. Can you imagine what that must have been like?


  1. Thanks for the opportunity to answer the questions. Hope we find ourselves on the water at some point.

  2. I had the pleasure of fishing with Bjorn in the Bahamas last year. And, all I have to say is that the man is obsessed (in a good way). His excitement for bonefish is like none other I've seen, which makes him a great boat partner. In fact, we woke up at dawn, fished until 4pm or so, and then he goes right back to the lodge and fishes of the dock. Crazy. Never stopped. Cheers on the post - Bjorn is a great guy.

    1. Cheers KP. Hope the kiddo is doing well. Very glad to share a boat with you there in the Bahamas.

  3. That's definitely a guy who's obsessed!