As predicted the start to the season on Norway's big rivers was hampered somewhat by high flows and freezing temperatures (with daytime temperatures of only 3 deg C at first.
But despit snow on the first day on the Gaula, the fish started to come although seemingly as always some big salmon were lost before they reached the bank.
On Norwegian Flyfishers Club waters, Per Heikkilä from Sweden fished after the Sunday-meeting on Beat E2 and caught a nice fish of approx. 6,5kg (14lb) on a Black & Orange tube fly. Per released his fish carefully after taking a quick picture and tagging the fish.
The current week began well. The Lower Beats were the chosen fishing destination of Per Arneberg whose Greenlander Tube Fly was taken in the lower Part of NFC's new beat L1 pool. The salmon took off and went downstream almost all the way to the Lundamo Bridge.
After an exciting fight of about 40 min Per was able to land a very well conditioned salmon. The fish took the fly very deep and after 10 min trying to release the fish Per decided to keep the salmon as it seemed that it was not able to recover. Per’s fish weighed 12,5kg (27,5lb) and had a length of 108cm.
Enrico Cristiani fished the same Beat after Per got his nice salmon, and in almost the same exact spot Enrico hooked the next fish on the morning session at L1 – on a Green Highlander – it followed another exciting fight and the second fish was landed a while later. Enrico’s fish weighed in with 9,1kg (20lb).
More reports to follow as the fishing continues to warm up towards the next few peak weeks.