The guest in this episode is Atlantic Salmon Trust representative, Tiggy Pettifer, who starts her trip on the Faxi Waterfall Pool of the Tungufljot River in Southern Iceland. Many fish hold in this stunning pool and Tiggy is getting lots of fish chasing but not actually taking her fly, before she finally hooks into a lively Grilse. With an action packed schedule, its time to move on and Tiggy travels to the world famous Lake Thingvallavatn, home to monster Brown Trout, and although not being the best time of year to fish here, she's keen to give it a go. Flat calm and bright conditions make a tough day so its time to move again and Tiggy finds herself on another iconic river, the Grimsa, in South West Iceland. Tiggy discusses the work the Atlantic Salmon Trust have been doing to help the decline in Salmon, and in particular the Missing Salmon Project which is providing vital data in discovering where, when and how fatalities are happening. Leaseholder, Jon Por Juliusson is guiding Tiggy today and gets her straight into a nice fresh Grimsa Grilse above the lodge. The following morning, they head to one of the uppermost pools on the river and Tiggy is extremely excited as there are many fish here which are jumping and showing constantly. Back to the main Waterfall Pool at Grimsa, which always holds plenty of fish and can only be fished by climbing down a vertical ladder in the cliff face and roll casting to cover the fish in the heart of the pool. Tiggy gets into a fish in the main current but on landing it, discovers it to be an invasive Pink Salmon which unfortunately is becoming more and more common.
There's still time for Tiggy to catch one last fish in tricky conditions, as she reflects on what makes salmon so special and the place she has in her heart for them.
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