Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today is the shortest day of the year, we’re about to put an end to 2016 and go into the holiday season with a clean consciense. As the sun “turns”, I can not help but smile, thinking about the bright summer nights awaiting up ahead, with salmon fishing, trips into the mountains and the other joys of life.

A healthy and sustainable spawning population gives us the opportunity to harvest from our river.

I also want to use a couple of lines to reflect on the last seasons, and the good development Lakselva has seen since the turn of the Millenium. A visionary board and a solid community of land owners realized that the salmon population in Lakselva was in poor shape after the first ever drift count in Lakselva in 2002. Approximately a ton of henfish was left to spawn that fall, and it was obviously far between every fish. Last years’ spawning counts have shown a totally different compostion of the stock, and the spawning target (3424 kgs) was reached for the tenth year in a row in 2016.

However, it’s not only the land owners who are to thank for this, but also all of our local and visiting fishermen supporting the development Lakselva has seen. There is no doubt that there are certain differences, but differences and discussion is crucial for a further development of this amazing river. I hope that we together may continue to develop Lakselva, and together contribute to Lakselva’s continued position as one of the best salmon rivers in the country.

A popular area in zone 1, where both experiences and tales are exchanged. I guess there’s the occasional salmon fight here as well.

At the same time, I want to say thanks for all the phone calls, e-mails, cups of coffee, exchanges of opinions and discussions I’ve had the last year. A thank you also to both old and new accquaintances for the fact that our roads crossed in 2016, and I look forward to it happening again in the new year.

With this I would like to wish you all a peaceful Christmas celebration and all the best for the new year!

Best regards,
Egil Liberg
Lakselv land owners association