Impressive start to 2011 salmon season
The chairman of the Angling Club of Reykjavík, Bjarni Júlíusson, opens up the fishing on Nordura under media scrutiny. Photo by Heimir Óskarsson.
The salmon season of 2011 started impressively this morning as two of Iceland‘s major rivers were opened.
The media congregated at Nordura were the board of the Angling Club of Reykjavík had their ceremonious start, while up north the Blanda season also started. And things started off well, nine salmon, all mws‘s were landed.
A board member, Hördur Vilberg with the smallest Nordura salmon, a 76 cm female.
Nordura had a healthy above average water level and a slight green hue due to some snow melting inland. The water temperture however was not ideal, only 6 degrees centigrade and the weather temperture not much better. Iceland has had a cold spring this year. This did though not stop the board from landing three beautiful specimens, ranging from 76 to 84 cm. A fourth was already added early in the afternoon following lunch.
Up in Blanda, State broadcasting chairman Páll Magnússon caught the first two salmon, seen here rleasing the second one. Photo by Hörkuldur Birkir Erlingsson.
Up in Blanda, four rods fishing the bottom beat landed six salmon during the morning shift, and as in Nordura, all were mws‘s, ranging to an estimated 14 pounds. The weather is still cold in Iceland and will be for at least one more week, so the water levels will probably stay high and the rivers cold as well. That will pull a few teeth out of the fishing, but the fish are running and they are catchable.