Fish at last!
After a weeks fishing at Aunan Lodge in Norway finally a fish- but I only landed it. Fishing the whole morning, (after a heavy night, missing the others already) and trying to reel in with both my hands a sunray-shadow fly, I gave my rod to my ghillie Piet and said: „I am too tired now, you’ll have the last cast“. It was just one of these things you call serendipity: Bang- he hooked this beautiful hen fish of 105 cm and 22 lbs! He was as happy as can be as it was his first fish on the Orkla. And so was I……grinding my teeth! Nooo, not true of course.
But let me start at the beginning. The week at Aunan was just great. Unfortunately Alois had to stay at home- there is no ferry service from Scotland to Norway. I had to hire a VW Polo instead, how boring but it can’t be helped.
Same story about fishing as in Scotland- nature was about 3-4 weeks late, there was a lot of rain lately and the river was unusually high for this time of the year. But this did not discourage us at all- we were fishing hard throughout the week.
The arrival of the four Italians brought a welcome change of atmosphere. I just love the Italians! Europe would be so dull and sad without them….just to listen to their language is fun, and suddenly you imagine sitting on a beach having one of their gorgeous ice-creams. OMG this is so clichéd but I can’t help it. Maurizio was our star, he caught fish when none of us did!
And there was of course the food- Chef Dan Gill just gave us the most lovely dishes. Just look at what was a normal burger in his eyes, and this was just a picnic…I must add that sometimes Justin had too little to eat- no wonder he is only 20.
We had a visit mid-week from World-Champion Spey-Caster Trond Syrstad whom you can watch on my video. The boys were very keen to get some tips, I had a shot as well, they insisted. Thanks Vegard for this.
I shall definitely come back next year. The video shows a few moments on the river and of course Piet’s hen fish….