By Christopher Scapelliti | Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
The guitarist as on a fly-fishing trip along Iceland’s Vatnsdalsá River on August 5 when he caught “no ordinary salmon,” according to his guide, Sturla Birginsson. The fish measured 108 centimeters—42.5 inches—and weighed 28 pounds, making it the biggest salmon caught there this season.
According to Birginsson, Clapton had to run about one kilometer down the river once the salmon was hooked, as it kept swimming further away. The guide says the fish took half an hour to land.
Rumors of Clapton’s retirement have taken on a more serious tone in recent months. The guitarist announced in June that nerve damage in his hands was affecting his ability to play guitar.
“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” he told Classic Guitar magazine. “It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old. Because I’m in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all. By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason, I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance.”