Reykjadalsa – salmon and 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 trout fishing is the focus here. The river flows for 35km and is serviced by one lodge offering fishing to just six anglers which means there is plenty of water to explore.

Great small river wild trout fishing

The upper section of 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 one to two pounds, there are a few larger specimens lurking to eight pounds.

The river is similar 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. It 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.  With char and the odd salmon to liven things up, the Reykjadalsa is ideal for small groups of friends looking for a private fishery.

Simple and comfortable

The newly renovated lodge accommodates up to eight people in four comfortable double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and shower. The lodge can be taken on a self-catering basis or fully serviced with an 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 minutes’ drive east of Akureyri and 30 minutes’ drive south of Húsavík.

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

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