26. June 2019
Big fish joy
The catch of the season so far is very much in line with recent years, but still, the first 3 1/2 weeks of the season have been unusual catch-wise here at Aunan. A total number of around 30 salmon by June 25th was reached in both 2016, 2017 and 2018, but the average weight so far this season is quite unique: 9.2 kilos / 20.2 lbs.
It has never happened before in Aunan Lodge’s 15 year long history that every single one of the 30 first salmon caught on our beat has been a “storlaks” (big salmon, i.e. 7 kilos or bigger). Several of our guests have recorded their biggest salmon ever, and they take memories back with them that will last a lifetime. This in turn gives huge amounts of energy to everyone of us involved in looking after the guests at Aunan Lodge.
One of our guests the last week, Jørgen Jeppesen from Copenhagen, has been a regular at Aunan since 2008. One night during dinner he reflected over his choice of taking up fly fishing for salmon by quoting John F. Kennedy’s famous speech in Houston, Texas in 1962: “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard”.
30 salmon in 25 days means an average catch of 1.2 salmon per day, and the Aunan Lodge beat is fished with 12 rods. This means that every guest at Aunan so far in June has started the day with a 10% chance of catching a big salmon.
Not easy, in other words. But, again, that’s probably the very reason why we’re doing it!
(Main picture: Dan Gill, 7.9 kilos in Pollen, and Lionel Young, 11.1 kilos in Igdhølen-Nybro)
Micael “Rocky” Moran, 8.4 kilo in Igdhølen – Nybro
Pelle Klippinge, with one of his 3 salmon for the day, 9.5 kilos in Home pool. Guide Erik Lier is assisting.