Laxa I Asum
Highest salmon catch per rod in Iceland
For the last six years the catch statistics on Laxa I Asum have exceeded six fish per rod per day on this remarkable river. When first viewed from the road it has a humble aspect, the 14 km of private fishing from Laxávatn to where it joins the Vatnsdalsá are some of the most productive in the country. The current is placid flowing though fertile pastures except higher up where the river is squeezed through hard rock bands. The water colour has a slight tinge to it hiding the salmon well and instilling a false sense of security. This could be why the fish on Laxá Í Ásum are so incredibly aggressive and will readily take hitched tubes and micro flies.
Enjoy this Remarkable River
The river is a fly fisherman’s paradise, and most of the 50 named pools are short and don’t take long to fish. The average catch since 1974 is 1028 salmon per year, equating to over six fish per day per rod over the 80 day season, which is just staggering.
Surface action is what this river is all about and most pools are easily fished with single handed rods and hitched flies. In addition micro tubes, traditional flies such as Hairy Marys, Blue Charms and Black and Blue in 10 – 16 will work well. The river is not deep so normally six – eight weight rods are employed, and only floating lines are needed. The average catch since 1974 is 1028 salmon per year, equating to over six fish per day per rod over the 80 day season, which is just staggering.
relax under the midnight sun
The new luxury lodge was finished in the beginning of the 2012 season and is located near the middle point of the river, next to a pool called Sauðaneskvörnin. This also happens to be one of the best pools in the river making it an ideal home pool.
The lodge features four large rooms with en suite bathrooms, a large living area ideal to unwind after a long day and a modern fully fitted kitchen which for those not opted for the full service option can prepare fantastic meals. The large decked area will be the ideal area to relax under the midnight sun, fully equipped with hot tub to rest tired bones after a hard days fishing.
Within hours of Reykjavik
Laxá I Asum is located in the north west of Iceland amid green and fertile valleys and is approximately four hours drive from Reykjavik.
Location: Laxa I Asum, Iceland
Water Type: Freshwater
Capacity: 2 - 4 rods
Season: June to September
Price: Seasonal variation
Species: Atlantic Salmon
Activities & Amenities
Iceland is 1 hour behind GMT and flying time from London is approximately 2 ½ hours plus transfer time.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
You Might Also Like These Destinations
Laxa I Kjos, Iceland
The international elite have always fished Kjos. It very quickly built a fantastic reputation as one of the world’s best small salmon rivers and is considered one of the more technical salmon rivers in Iceland. If you have a passion for fishing small flies and hitching, then the Laxá I Kjos will become your playground. It is primarily a grilse river but despite its size every year a number of large salmon are landed. Good runs of big sea trout can also be targeted from early July.
Located on the north-west coast of Iceland, the Miðfjarðará is a small, gin clear river offering world class and classic Icelandic salmon fishing. A true Icelandic gem that keeps producing the goods even in low water years. It offers fantastic visual fishing with many fish being brought to the surface by small hitched flies. Three and six day stays are open to you at the lodge, in addition to rod share options, which makes the Miðfjarðará great value for money for the fishing on offer.
Grimsa, salmon fishing in Iceland
The Grimsa is one of Iceland’s most beautiful fly fishing rivers and is one of a few Icelandic rivers that has tradition stamped all over it. It was frequented by British lords and generals as early as the late nineteenth century and whilst, as with most of Iceland’s rivers today, it is primarily a grilse river, during those early days the Grimsa was famous for its monsters. Every now and then, the odd monster is still spotted giving vivid memory of the golden days of yester year.