Reykjadalsa – trout fishing, Iceland

Fly fishing in Iceland for brown trout and salmon

The Reykjadalsa is a tributary of the Laxa I Adaldal. A few salmon run Reykjadalsa but the trout fishing is the focus. The river flows for 35 km and is serviced by one lodge offering fishing to just six anglers leaving lots of water to explore.


Great small river wild trout fishing

In the upper section the river flows relatively fast and the angler will find countless numbers of small pools and deep holes suitable for dry fly fishing or prospecting with a nymph. As it flows down its course the water slows and meanders through meadows where there are long glides and deep pools where fish feed freely with confidence. Although the brown trout are not as large as some other Icelandic trout and average 1 – 2 lbs there are a few larger specimens lurking to 8 lbs.

The river is more akin to a UK chalkstream with crystal clear water and large amounts of weed growth common. Slower sections can test an angler’s watercraft at times. The river is perfectly suited to those in search of consistent dry fly fishing and the midge, bibio can be excellent. The fast runs and pocket water can be prospected with various nymphing techniques with great success. Punctuated by some char along with the odd salmon to liven things up the Reykjadalsa is ideal for small groups of friends looking for a private fishery to themselves.

Simple and comfortable

The lodge was built recently and accommodates up to eight people in four comfortable double bed rooms, each with ensuite bathroom and shower. The lodging can be taken on a self-catering basis or fully serviced with in house chef.

Fishing on the north coast of Iceland

One of the main tributaries of the Laxá I Adaldal, Reykjadalsá is on the north coast of Iceland. The lodge is situated 45 minute’s drive east of Akureyri and 30 minute’s drive south of Húsavík.

Day trips are possible to the whale watching town of Húsavík, Lake Myvatn and Godafoss waterfalls.


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