Reykjavik’s Mayor Jón Gnarr caught the summer’s first salmon at Reykjavik’s Ellidaár river Sunday morning, mbl.is reports. According to tradition, he inaugurated the river’s fishing season at Sjávarfoss waterfall at 7 am.
Salmon fishing in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Despite the early hour, the media was present and also spectators, eager to watch the actor-turned-Mayor’s methods. He was assisted by an experienced guide.
Only four minutes passed until the first salmon had bitten the line. A short while later, a six-pound snag was on the ground, Gnarr’s first.
Immediately wanting to try again, close by, the Mayor caught another salmon, which however got away. But just before 8 am, he landed another salmon.
He told the reporters that he intended to get out his fly-fishing pole and spend the rest of the morning attempting to catch his first fly-salmon.