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About Eidselva

Starting in the North, at the western part of the Hornindals lake, and after a completed journey through the Eid’s valley, the river empties out into the Eid’s fjord, almost at the centre of Eid’s town. The job is done. The water has gone down - the fish has gone up. Both deep and shallow pools have been passed. But there are also peaceful parts under shadowy treetops because the stretch of the Eid’s River is surrounded by woods. A green drape lies close to the ”body” on both sides. Some places with one or two exiting openings towards a deep and quiet pool. The fisherman experiencing this must feel like he has found his home. The river is not only a stream of water running through the valley but also a positive visual element for enjoyment for both river owner and others that decide to unwind along quiet and more stream filled places on a summers night. The pools or the fishing spots are spread across a span of 10 km, with varying quality. Here lie the memories of the biggest pool salmon caught to date in Norway in the month of May 1944.

The river has also got a history that can only be discovered if we dig deep. It dates back to pre historic times. Lots of water, ice and mud has been hammering down through the valley and created the foundation for the landscape as we see it today. The river is as a result of the slow and winding slopes, which result in the variation and diversity in this cultural landscape.
The use of the river has varied.

The users and the assignments reflect the activity and the scope. The Vikings were there. Many kings fought for the rights even then. There were mooring places for ships organised by the local army. The Scots sailed up the river in order to get timber from the valley to export abroad, i.e. as structure for the new towns that popped up along the coastline of Europe. Barges from near and far coastal towns used the Eid’s harbour as well as the local fleet. The river was not just a means of transportation and a harbour, but it was also the foundation of local industries and enterprises, most of them privately owned. Several mill houses were set up especially in the upper parts of the river - Power stations, and sawmills. Nor dairy was established using the Kvia waterfall as an energy source. The more recent history evolves mainly around fishing. It concerned rights, equipment and methods. Conflicts of interest was a common issue and the fronts could be hard. The river owners were more or less forced to create a river syndicate. This was installed in 1911.

The English were now more active. Some had been around a cold winter night. Some were retired service men i.e. with a background from missions in the Far East. With the English came aesthetics and culture. The expression Sports fishing was introduced and the equipment used in this sport was a rod and line with flies as bate, combined with chequered shorts, fitted jackets and caps. They were dressed for the river. Some of the river owners were hired by their guests and earned cash not only when the English rented the river but also from selling equipment. They were also used as rowers and facilitators But just as valuable to the river owners was the English’s attitude to the river and their behaviour. Some absorbed new knowledge, developed new equipment, which sometimes was tested on land. The old fishing methods were over ruled. The demand from the guests was a clean river, free from the heavy equipment of the river owners. They wished to gain control over the fishing and it was important to keep uninvited guests away. Both the officials and the river owners work together to prevent illegal fishing. Fly fishing with hand held equipment was now established in the Eids River. Many appreciated this new method of fishing. The knowledge of equipment and methods and the understanding of being at the right place at the right time with the right bate little by little found its place. The main point was to develop a certain feel for it and to understand that the central element of the sport was that it was the fish against the fisherman. Both with an equal chance. It is safe to say that this sport became global a long time ago.

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