Slow­hand nails whop­per in Ice­land’s summer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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.

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