British musician and guitar legend Eric Clapton is no stranger to a different kind of string, the kind that when properly handled and attached to a fishing rod will eventually land a fine example of the elusive salmon. Clapton, who has been fishing in Vatnsdalsá annually since 2009 caught a salmon last year that measured 108 centimetres.
It was therefore perhaps not a surprise albeit a pleasant repetition on a theme, that one of this summer’s biggest salmons to hitherto be caught was landed by no other than Eric Clapton last Friday in the Vatnsdalsá river. This years catch, a salmon measuring 105 centimetres, weighted in at around 25 pounds. The salmon was a recent arrival in fit fighting form and did not give in so easily. It took Eric Clapton all of 40 minutes to land the beast, at which time he was left with virtually no line to spare on the wheel.
The salmon, caught using a fly called Evening dress number 12 which is green, gold and black with peacock feathers, was a beautiful silver male, and it was caught in a part of the river called Hnausastrengur, a great spot for landing fish. Hnausastrengur, deep and not full of vegetation or rocks, is where some of the river’s largest salmon have traditionally been caught through the years.