Mýrarkvísl – salmon and trout fishing, Iceland

Fly fishing in Iceland for brown trout and salmon

Mýrarkvísl is the lowest tributary of the Laxa I Adaldal on the north coast of Iceland and offers the perfect opportunity to have a private river system and lake for three to four rods combining brown trout, salmon and arctic char. It is an intimate river that holds a large head of brown trout along with a reasonable run of good sized salmon through the summer.

Combination salmon and trout fishing

Mýrarkvísl flows across the Reykjaheiði plateau for the first 15 km making it perfect for dry fly fishing for trout. It is not unusual to catch 15-20 browns a day with a 2-3 lbs average size. The river has a unique character with such diversity of fishing there will always be something to entertain from casting a nymph or a dry fly on the upper section to a rising trout, or trying to winkle out a large salmon in the canyon pools.

Whilst there are trout spread along the entire length of the river the bulk of these inhabited the upper beats above the canyon stretch. They are free risers and very aggressive, actively hunting out any struggling insect. The trout in the lower section, although fewer, tend to be larger with fish of 4 and 5 lbs not uncommon.

As the season progresses into July the first salmon begin to appear in the river, as they spread out through the system they can be targeted through the lower section and in the canyon. Mýrarkvísl shares its salmon with the well-known Laxa I Adaldal, these fish are often larger multi-sea wintered fish. The big powerful salmon offer an exciting prospect in the small clear river.

Fishing on the Langavatn Lake is also included. The lake holds a large stock of small arctic char along with good sized brown trout. The fishing can offer a nice break from the river, both species can be targeted with traditional wet flies and dries fished on floating lines. Above the lake is a little river called Geitafellsá that runs through meadows just by the lodge before ending up in the lake. The river is small and not dissimilar to a small chalkstream, the stream is best fished on calm warmer days when it is perfect for dry fly fishing.


The Geitafell farm house, fully serviced or self catering

From the 2017 season onwards, Myrarkvisl will have a newly built four-bedroom comfortable lodge. Located on the upper reaches of the river, the lodge will provide excellent comfort, single room with ensuite bathroom accommodation.

The lodge will offer guests the option of full service or self-catered trips. The fully equipped kitchen will provide everything needed for travelling groups.

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