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Clapton’s Gone Fishin’

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Bing Crosby, in his 1951 duet with Louis Armstrong, famously sang the line, “Gone fishin’,” but who would have thought 65 years on that is precisely what Eric Clapton would be doing?

A day or so ago Eric caught the biggest salmon of the summer in an Icelandic river. It was no easy job, as the salmon took Clapton down river for three quarters of a mile before he managed to land his catch after a 30 minute tussle.

The salmon measured 3 feet 6 inches and weighed 28 pounds, and was caught on the Vatsdalsá river. It is one of the best known salmon rivers in Iceland, famed for the size of its salmon and anglers have been fishing the river since 1936

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The image and story come from the Vatsdalsá river website.

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  1. Edward Bilawchuk

    August 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Way to go, Mr. Clapton, sir! That’s one beautiful catch! Well done! Top notch…a lot like your music! Rock On!

  2. Michael Gorman

    August 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Salmon is a wonderful fish, and if you smoke them even better! Eric Clapton has earned some R&R time!

    • igor

      August 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I’ve never smoked salmon, just weed. Just how inexperienced I can be 😀

  3. Steve Murchake.

    August 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Saw some of those salmon rivers last month. Nice place to be once you pay the piper. Between licenses and land owner fees he probably paid about $100 per pound for this beautiful catch.

    Rock on, sir. Your music is transcendent.

    • Maggi

      August 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Not if you buy a part of the river, like you can do if you’re a world famous guitarist… 🙂

  4. Edward Hamer

    August 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Way to go Eric. Love your music and love to fish as well. You’ve earned some much needed R&R.

  5. Glenda saueressig

    August 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Love your music .been to several of your concerts. Well done on your catch ….but please please can you play River of Tears
    At your concerts as it’s my favourite . And it could have been a River of Tears if you’d let that one go ….

  6. Elizabeth

    August 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Woooo Hoooo!! That’s a beauty, congratulations Eric!!

  7. Harvey

    August 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    If you read the article on the rivers webpage EC had a 2 and 1/2 hour fight with this fish not the half hour as described in this article. That was another angler landing a fish 104 cm long. Clapton’s was 108 cm. I bet you Clapton was just as pleased landing this fish than any award he has received.

  8. Gordy Campbell

    August 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Great catch ! Congratulations.

  9. leeann

    August 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Awesome artist now awesome at the art angling salmon way to go !! love your music

  10. leeann

    August 7, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Wow great catch on the salmon awesome cooked the grill ,love your tunes

  11. Sid Larson

    August 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Nice to see Eric Clapton out enjoying the world. Picked an awesome spot!

  12. David Brown

    August 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Great Catch Had to be one hell of an experience. Now, can I talk you out of an Old Tele. Mine got stolen, Damn thieves. A 50s Broadcaster or a TV Yellow will do.
    Atlanta, Ga.

  13. Pat C.

    August 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Nice fish. Check out your doppelganger… …sculpter

  14. Chris

    August 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I saw CREAM in 1968. I was hooked, the same as that fish!

  15. Bonnie Barnett -Miller

    August 8, 2016 at 12:34 am


  16. Jim

    August 8, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Good job…..heading out this weekend upstate NY…hope I can do the same after a round of golf that is!

  17. Dean

    August 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I only hope I am doing so well, and having such fun, past 70. Very cool.

  18. Keith

    August 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Did he release it?? I read that the big/old salmon aren’t all that good smoked or otherwise.
    A great fish Eric…. You struck the right chord with that one :O)

  19. Steve

    August 9, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Hope it was a catch & release day. Nice fish Eric.
    Come to the Sierra’s in California, you will find some nice fishing. Let know if you need a guide.

  20. Mike Hanley

    August 9, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Congrats!!!!! Lay it Down, Salmon.

  21. Nancy C

    August 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful catch congrats. Now what time is dinner love? Just kiddin, so nice to see you enjoying something out of your element , I bet you are one helluva fisherman, now we are to expect some outdoorsy challengingly bluesy stuff from that head of yours? How about an acoustic album? To me that is soooo relaxing to me. Much luck to someone I consider a go to as a musician and in that a long time friend, thanks and keep enjoying life good man, peace.

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