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Eric Clapton Catches Biggest Salmon Of The Year In Iceland

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Eric Clapton’s fly-fishing exploits have landed him some choice press as he snagged a 28-pound salmon while fishing in Iceland’s Vatnsdalsa River. Ultimate Classic Rock linked to a story in, which posted the backstory on “Slowhand’s” big catch, reporting, “To begin with, the salmon was (quiet) in the pool but after it found out that something strange was happening the fish started to run down the river. Both the angler and the guide had to run fast down the river, and it kept going for about 1 km after going through four pools. Two and a half hour later, they manage to land that fish and it was measured 108 cm, which is the biggest salmon this year.”

Eric Clapton — a longtime and avid fly-fisherman — recalled how Iceland became a key destination for him over the years: “When I first started to really discover it was when I stared fishing for salmon. And, it had always been the Holy Grail for salmon fishing. Y’know, Iceland is ranked up with Norway, and Alaska, y’know — and Russia. These are the places to go. And so, I first went, I suppose at the turn of this century and I loved it. Y’know, I went up to the north of Iceland and fished the rivers up there.”

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