Norway has suffered the same fate as the UK this summer. There just hasnt’t been one and this has had a very dampening effect on the salmon-fishing, not least on the River Gaula. But I liked this real fishing story with a happy ending for German fisherman Mawill Lüdenbach, a first-time guest on the Norwegian Flyfishers Club waters (where I’ll be fishing next week, sorry just had to mention that one). After he lost several good fish during the week, he finally landed the bruiser of 14 kg (31lb), pictured on the Fish and Fly Forums fishing reports link here. The fish took the fly in Beat F (the Railway, which has been good to me in the past) he landed it ‘after an extremely exciting fight’ all the way down in Beat B1 (Langoy). Mawill had to keep the fish, which measured 113cm.
Where there’s a Mawill, there’s a way. Lol. [If anyone thinks that’s the corniest, half-baked crack they’ve heard today, please comment at the bottom of this post to said effect, add a corny comment of your own and I’ll draw your names out of a hat and send you some salmon flies.]
Any road, it’s a lovely fish innit? And I love that Mawill lost a couple of fish first because I lost a fish last week and it really gets to you doesn’t it? But great that he came thro his ordeal. (BTW losing fish happens to everyone except, allegedly, Hugh Falkus but I’ve always believed that’s the biggest load of bunkum I’ve ever heard. Even tho he was a game-fishing legend in other ways. Etc)..
Oh and a final word on the Norwegian non-summer – now that summer’s finally arrived here (let’s face it, it has), the big hope for me is the warm weather hits Trondelag next in similar Atlantic weather system follow-on – because if it does then I – and my small group of UK rods – might be in for a rather good few days’ salmon action..