About Us

Solid Adventures is a travel company offering exceptional world-wide fishing destinations, hosted fishing trips and fishing adventures. The company was started in 1991 under the name Loop Adventures and  bin 2011 it was renamed Solid Adventures. In 1990-1991 we were the first to scout and later offer fly fishing trips to the Kola Peninsula in Russia and has ever since been exploring and scouting the planet, looking for unfished waters and potential destinations off the beaten path to share with passionate destination anglers.

 

The Story

It all started back in 1991 when Christer Sjöberg first set foot in the south of the White Sea, deep in Russia. In the hunt for untouched salmon and trout waters this is where we first landed. After spending nearly 3 years exploring literally all potential waters to be found Christer left with bags full of crazy stories and unbelievable memories but unfortunately he couldn’t find a place solid enough for setting up a long term camp. However, those days would come…
With the experiences of the the first attempt of taming Russias salmon waters fresh in mind we came back a year later, a little wiser but just as keen and this time we set foot on the Kola Peninsula. We didn’t know it then but this was the place we would come back to for the next 12 years experiencing better salmon and trout fishing than what we could have ever dreamed of!
Under the name “Flyfish in Kola” we operated camps in Kharlovka, Rynda, Litza, Yokan- ga and of course our Russian jewel, the lodge in Umba! We were also running trout pro- grams on the tundra for hardcore trout fishermen wanting to explore real wilderness and spectacular fishing. The fishing on the Kola Peninsula was beyond belief and the “Kola feeling” – a real belief that you will actually get a bite every time the fly hits the water – is something I wish for everyone to experience!
In 1997/98 we produced two award winning films from Kola together with famous film- maker Martin Falklind, “Atlantic Salmon – The Last Kingdom”, and “Brown Trout – The Last Kingdom” reflecting the fishing and the general situation of the species in these basically untouched waters.
In 2006 we left Kola Peninsula as operators in order to have more time exploring other parts of the world such as Patagonia and Central America and as the 2015 season draws closer we are looking at programs in no less than three continents offering some of the best and most spectacular destinations and fishing on this planet!

 

The Solid way

At Solid Adventures, we are committed to collaborating with local communities to provide destination anglers with the highest quality fishing experience while promoting the long-term sustainability of the exceptional locations we work in.

We adhere to catch-and-release fishing practices at each of our destinations and pride ourselves on working with local guides and staff who contribute years of expertise and knowledge to our fishing operations.

 

As a company, we acknowledge that sport fishing and destination angling may, at times, be considered controversial and unsustainable. Where do we draw the line between exploiting and abusing local resources and strengthening the local social-ecological systems in which we work? While the answer to this question is nuanced and context-specific, at Solid, we do our best to follow some basic principles:

Unlike many operators, we avoid short-term product offerings that are based on maximum exploitation of a local resource without the long-term investments that protect the fishery. The short-term approach of getting in when it’s hot and fishing hard til it’s not runs contrary to our personal business strategy and to the very essence of what we feel sustainable sport fishing is all about. In an age where we face a vast array of environmental challenges, we as a professional outfitter, must be genuine in our commitment to providing sustainable fishing operations and must illustrate how protecting local fisheries in the long-run provides greater returns to our anglers, our business, and to the communities in which we work. Through this approach, we aim to provide fulfilling employment opportunities at each of our destinations, build lasting relationships with local partners and to maintain, if not improve, the quality of local fish stocks over time.

Founder of Loop Tackle Design and Solid Adventures, Christer’s merits speaks for themselves. Been in the sport fishing industry since the late 70’s and was one of the pioneers in opening up Russia to the fly fishing world back in the early 1990’s.
Christer’s passion for fly fishing and product innovation is what created Loop Tackle Design and turned it into a globally recognized brand. Today all his focus lies with Solid Adventures and to develop sustainable world class sport fishing destinations!

Christer Sjöberg

Founder & CEO

With a Business degree from Bond University, Australia, and more than 10 years with Loop Tackle Design, Rickard is in charge of the marketing and business operations at Solid.
Guiding and hosting being integral parts of his yearly routine, Rickard is also part of the scouting team, scanning the globe for new potential Solid destinations.

Rickard Sjöberg

Marketing Manager & Expedition Scout
Argentina Partner

Claudio, Pollo and Juan has been with us in Patagonia since we first opened the doors to Estancia Las Buitreras back in 2002. They started off as guides and due to their local knowledge, advanced fly fishing skills and extreme customer focus they became very popular among our clients! Today we are super happy to not only call them close friends but also business partners as they are responsible for the local management of all our programs in Patagonia under their company Tres Amigos Outfitters!

Claudio Martin, Pollo Coscia & Juanma Biott

Tres Amigos Outfitters
Costa Rica Partner

With a background in fly rodding New England striped bass in the surf, a drive for adventure has propelled Tom around the world with fly rods and cameras in tote. More recently, Tom has dedicated years to chasing fish across Costa Rica’s tropical freshwater and saltwater landscapes, and his local expertise will help you make the most of your fly fishing adventure. Tom also heads up Conservación Bosque del Sábalo, a small nonprofit dedicated to protecting tarpon in Costa Rica's fabled Jungle Tarpon Reserve. Besides fly fishing, Tom is also an experienced birding and nature history guide, and he will take great pride in showing you a side of this striking country that sometimes goes unnoticed by traveling anglers. Tom is also a professional photographer and writer specializing in adventure, nature and conservation subjects.

Tom Enderlin

Release Fly Travel
Greenland Partner

Karl and Frans are both born and raised in the small coastal town of Maniitsoq! The southwest waters of Greenland is their home and they’ve spent uncountable hours exploring every river and valley along this stretch of coast! With hunting and fishing being integral parts in their everyday life their combined knowledge and experience is of great value to our programs in Greenland! Together our aim is to offer the best of Greenland to adventure seeking fisherman from around the world!

Karl Davidsen and Frans Heilmann

Arctic Wildlife Adventures
Solid Adventures Ambassador

Felix grew up fishing the trout rivers in his German backyard and neighboring Scandinavia. After finishing his studies in Germany and England his passion for the outdoors brought him to the west coast of British Columbia working for a fishing lodge at the famous Skeena river, chasing steelhead and salmon. During his time on the Skeena Felix developed a profound passion and interest in fly fishing for Steelhead, casting skagit lines, and swinging big flies! But as is often the case for traveling anglers sticking only to one type of fishing was not enough and Felix started looking for new challenges.
Today he is nursing a deep passion for saltwater fishing and all anadromous species - never missing an opportunity to venture into new destinations and environments. We are very proud to have Felix as part of the Solid Adventures Team, hosting trips to both our established destinations as well as places that are still in the early scouting stages.

Felix Hansvencl

Solid Adventures Ambassador