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Mayor Inaugurates Salmon Fishing Season

By Iceland Review

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.

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