2021 Season Report - Part One
How great it feels to write these two words: Season. Report.
When our first group arrived at Erfalik Lodge on July 6, it was the first guests traveling with Getaway – to any destination – since March 2020. They had deserved a warm welcome. Instead, it was snowing as they arrived at the lodge! Not a lot, and not for long – but come on! In the fifteen years, we have been operating in Greenland, we have never seen snow in July before. Well, there’s a first for everything.
The southwestern part of Greenland hasn’t seen an equally late and cold summer since 2005, and while the lower temperatures of 6-12 degrees are much better for fishing (and hiking) than the warmer weather we often see in July, it affected the arrival of the sea run Arctic chars. We have opened many a season on Erfalik finding a river stacked up with fish, thinking to ourselves, “Why didn’t we start two or three weeks ago?”
The answer is, that we always try to play it safe. This year, that decision proved its worth. While the first group of the season caught a lot of nice, and very fresh chars, they had to work a bit harder, and with a more refined approach than what’s usually the case during opening week.
The two lakes between the river mouth and the main river were full of fish, and there were some great lake fishing sessions during the week. Most anglers are surprised about high strong a fighter the sea run Arctic char is. Hook one in the lake, and for some reason they fight even harder than in the river. Several long runs into the backing aren’t unusual when hooking a bigger fish.
The fresh chars that had already made it further up in the system mainly fell to big, orange foam flies skated across the river or, when they didn’t want to go on top, lightly dressed streamers.
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