Slowhand nails whopper in Iceland’s summer
ERIC CLAPTON has traded his Stratocaster for a lure caster and in the process won plaudits for catching the biggest salmon of the summer in Iceland’s annual fish fest.
The veteran rocker caught a 108 cm, 28lb salmon on the Vatnsdalsa River. It was so big Clapton, 71, had to run a kilometre down-river before managing to land it 2 ½ hours later.
The river, famed for the size of its salmon.
The guitarist was on a flyfishing trip along the river on August 5 when he caught “no ordinary salmon,” according to his guide, Sturla Birginsson. After the battle he released the fish.
Clapton has been going there to fish every year since 2000. He has long been a fly fisherman, describing his reintroduction to the sport in his book, Clapton: The Autobiography: “That first summer of my recovery was one of the most beautiful I can remember, perhaps because I was healthy and clean, and I began to rent some trout-fishing days for myself. Fishing is an absorbing pastime and has a Zen quality to it. It’s an ideal pursuit for anyone who wants to think a lot and get things in perspective. It was also a perfect way of getting physically fit again, involving as it does a great deal of walking.
“I would go out at the crack of dawn and often stay out till nighttime… For once I was actually becoming good at something that had nothing to do with guitar playing or music.