Huge catch on Norway's Vosso
Fortunes have varied wildly for salmon fishers in Norway recently. While the central rivers of the Trondelag region continue to struggle with catches through to the approaching end of the season, a notable catch to one rod on a single river has shown the potential for sport in this celebrated salmon-fishing country.
SALMON-FISHING continues to be difficult on the Norwegian rivers that flow into Trondheim fjord such as Orkla and Gaula as the season progresses to its end this Friday (August 31st).
But for one Norwegian, the summer of 2012 will be memorable. Recently Yngve Landro caught in the space of 23 hours, 22 salmon of between nine and 12 kilos (19lb-25lb).
Yngve, a Norwegian helicopter pilot on the North Sea oil rigs, caught his fish on a 16ft rod and heavy fly-fishing gear, with a .55mm leader. Yngve fishes all over Norway and in Russia and he was present at the capture of the 46.5lb fish caught by his then fishing partner and friend, Arve Nilsson, on the Gaula last June.
Back to less prolific rivers and for some, indeed, the end cannot come quick enough although try saying that to the army of now-off-duty guides and 'Gaula-heads' now sending their triple-density shooting-heads out over the cold waters in search of a salmon-of-the-season. For three days of the season remain and there have been three 20lb plus salmon caught in the past four days on the waters of the Norwegian Flyfishers Club, for instance.
But numbers of fish remain low. The reason, as has been reported on this website, is the high, cold water not only in the early part of the season but throughout the month of August, and certainly now with frost at night and plenty of rain.
Meanwhile, Matt Hayes's Winsnes beat of the Gaula has had its usual array of top-flight salmon men fishing, but six of them last week could manage only five salmon, well below normal catches.
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