The salmon fishing season was launched in Iceland yesterday morning when anglers cast their bait in Blanda, northwest Iceland, Nordurá, west Iceland, and Straumarnir where the rivers Nordurá and Hvítá meet.
Salmon fishing in Nordurá. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The first salmon was caught after roughly half an hour in Blanda, a 12-pound female, by none other than director of national broadcaster RÚV Páll Magnússon, Morgunbladid reports.
Fishing was also successful in the other rivers. Reykjavík Angling Club (SVFR) board member Ásmundur Helgason caught the first salmon in Nordurá, an 84-centimeter long female.
He was there fishing with his wife Elín Ragnarsdóttir. “It was written in the clouds that I would get the first salmon,” Helgason commented, adding after releasing the fish, “It is our 18th anniversary today,” then kissing his wife on the cheek.
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