Important people in the beat’s history
Svein was a boatman at Moum for many years, and he was such a legend that he inspired a book. In the book he was described as a very skilful boatman and angler who was respected by the guests at Moum. Svein considered that a salmon wasn’t really big before it exceeded 40 lbs. Not until then did he make an entry in his notebook.
William Bilton was the first to write books about the English angling on the Namsen (1840). He was also known as Belton, but he called himself Bilton (this is obvious in his signature in several horse stations). His tales about the Namsen sped up the Englishmen’s fishing on the Namsen.
Frank Dugdale (at Moum from mid 1880-ies – 1905) ” He was an imposing and nice person, and he understood ideal angling and left an important legacy. He gathered many of the most outstanding persons from the English aristocracy at Moum, for cultivation of the most noble of all sports, the salmon angling”. (Quotation from M. Bjerken’s book “Salmon fishing on the Namsen and the other rivers in Namdalen”)
G. B. Bainbridge rented the Moum/ Heggum beat from 1935 1939. He rented just in the month of June every year. July was divided and leased respectively to factory-owner Conrad Langaard and chief physician N. Helsingen at Namdal Hospital. There isn’t much information about Bainbridge, but he left a lot of equipment with his initials and name engraved.
Edward Gibson was a guest at Moum from 1951 1976. He also brought his wife Patricia with him from 1951 1963. Unfortunately she died in 1964, but because of her love for Moum and the salmon fishing, she wished to be buried in Grong, alternatively that her ashes should be spread on the Namsen on the very place she had caught her biggest salmon. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gibson’s urns are placed at Grong Cemetery. Of the English guests that the present owner of Moum can remember, the Gibson’s have a great reputation
Bent Lind Jakobsen
Bent Lind Jacobsen was Danish, and he fished at Moum for a long period of time (1956-1992). He brought many fishing companions to Moum throughout the years, and he managed to catch the biggest salmon on the Namsen in 1985. It was 48 1/2 lbs. Lind Jacobsen was the author of the book “A life with the salmon”; a book dedicated to the boatman Svein Moum. He also wrote long descriptions from Moum in the centenary book of the “Copenhagen Anglers Association”. Lind Jacobsen is probably the only one that ever caught two salmon on the same throw, and saved them both. This is described in the anniversary-book “A life with the rod”, and can be testified by Aagot Moum.