Reykjavík's cute little salmon river Ellidaar was opened yesterday morning as the newly appointed mayor Jon Gnarr was the first to fish the Sjávarfoss pool in traditional style.
Ellidaar, Reykjaviks unique semi downtown salmon river suffered a setback this season following a very good season last year. Everytime the river takes a fall, fear sets in as the river is obviously vulnerable towards pollution and other man made dangers.
Finally some rain on the southwest coast! The weather bureau had recently told us that this had been the dryest and hottest July since late nineteeth century. But the rain had a great affect on the fishing in Ellidaaar, in Reykjavik, according to our contributor Einar Falur.
Reykjavík mayor Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir duly caught the first salmon of the season from the Ellidaar in downtown Reykjavík this morning. As it turned out, it was a mere formality and it always adds gloss to the ceremonial opening of the river when the mayor manages to land a fish.
We‘ll soon be updating the fishing reports with more frequency as many of the top rivers will be opened up over the next week to ten days. The fun starts on Saturday morning when the mayor of Reykjavík dips a worm into the fosspool on Ellidaar, in downtown Reykjavík.
The Atlantic salmon season of 2009 is fast building on the horizon. And it comes on the back of such a stunning record season that hardly anybody knows what to expect this year. But for the most part people have concluded that the coming season has a considerable margin for slipping from 2008 without losing a label of excellence.
Most salmon fly fishermen know the classic fly Crosfield. It used to be a very popular fly on Icelandic rivers, used mostly during bright and sunny days. These days other flies have taken its place but it still remains one of the best. Its origin is Icelandic, although the author was an Englishman.
Last summer was Elliðaár‘s best season in twenty years according to statistics. The river produced 1.457 salmon compared to 936 last year. Some ten years ago the river was hit badly by a decimating plague and went into free fall for several years, hench the ten year average catch total of 630 salmon. However it has been recovering rapidly over the last few years. The rivers record was though well intact at 2.071 salmon.