Fly Fishing in Iceland
Considered to be one of Iceland’s finest sea trout and brown trout rivers, Litlá i Kelduhverfi flows from Lake Skjálftavatn over the volcano formed plains and empties into the glacial waters of Jokulsa before pouring into the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2004 the Icelandic sea trout record was set here, an incredible 23 lbs hen fish but the potential to break this again is ever-present on the warm waters of Litlá.
The waters are kept from freezing during the winter months due to a series of hot springs along the river, because of this it means that the fish can feed year-round allowing sea trout, brown trout and Arctic char to flourish in sheer size and numbers.
The season starts at the beginning of April when good early sea trout runs can be encountered through to June. The summer months sees the prime fishing time for brown trout and Arctic char, with fish ranging from 3 lbs – 10 lbs and some great dry fly fishing opportunities. The river remains open through September when as well as brown trout and Arctic char there is a great late run of sea trout and also a chance of catching fresh run salmon. The fishing on the Litlá is incredibly diverse and the chance of catching three species in a day is always on the cards.
For those that like to fish different methods this is the perfect destination, to visit this river it is wise to carry both light and heavy single-handed rods as well as a 13’ or 14’ double-handed rod. As for flies, carry everything from sea trout doubles to large streamers to imitate stickleback through to size 16 dry fly midge imitations.
the Keldunes lodge
Whilst fishing on the Litlá you stay in the Keldunes lodge, this is a newly rebuilt lodge that offers all modern comforts including a hot tub. The lodge is situated at the top of the river and the perfect place to sit back and relax after a successful day’s fishing.