The news from Iceland this week is very encouraging as we at last are seeing some warmer weather on the west coast, although there is still a north wind pushing down through Nordurá and Hítará where it is still cold. The air temperature has moved up at Laxa I Kjos and it is still surprisingly warm in the north up at Laxa I Adaldal. The Grimsa too has benefited from this warmer temperatures and we are now seeing the benefits of this as fish start pushing up through the falls sections and spreading out through the river systems which is what we have been waiting for. There is still a huge amount of water around with many of the rivers jumping up a little after a bit of storm that came through at the end of last week. The only river we have heard not benefiting from this is Blanda which is running high and coloured and making fishing tough.
The Laxa I Kjos has really benefited from the warmer temperatures with fish now spreading up through the canyon section. Water is still high but clear and the fishing has been fantastic. As of yesterday the river has now caught 350 + fish and is running at 11 – 12 degrees centigrade making for some very aggressive takes. Our group there at the moment has also report that that the big sea trout are now making their presence felt with John T landing four this morning up to 8 -9 lbs on nymph patterns in the meadows and lost a much bigger fish yesterday. Small flies are still the order of the day and we are looking forward to seeing how the week progresses.
We have also at last had word from Grimsa where fishing has been solid, although the falls have also been holding up fish that have been stacking up below. The warmer temperatures have had a similar effect and the one of the rods has eight fish from the top beat yesterday which is very encouraging. The river has now landed just over 330 fish for the season.
Langa has also been fishing very well, the fiver is approaching 400 fish for the season and the last 3 days produced 112 salmon to 12 rods. Like the other west coast rivers water conditions are improving and salmon are gathering into all pools and more spots are getting active.
Laxa I Dolum reported that by lunchtime yesterday four rods had landed 40 fish in two days of fishing so has continued to perform well.
The Nordura is having a fabulous season so far and the river as of yesterday had just gone over 1050 salmon for the season so far with three days producing an average of 150 fish to the group. Fred and his father are enjoying it immensely, although the north wind has made conditions quite tough. The extra water is good news for Nordura and the runs coming in off the tide are plentiful with a good sprinkling of larger salmon, much like the other west coast rivers. The new lodge has been well received and has made staying at Nordura a considerably more comfortable experience than years gone by. Recently visited by David Beckham and Guy Ritchie, the booking chart is already open for Nordura 2019, so if you are thinking of visiting this prolific river then please let us know.
Our Chairman and his wife joined a group of friends on the Hítará and despite the landslide enjoyed some great fishing. The north wind has made Hitara still very cold and the temperature has remained at six degrees so the fish have not made it over the falls to the upper pools yet meaning the landslide has had little effect so far on the fishing. The group landed 52 salmon over the three days and the river has now cut its way down to a side tributary. The group had a lovely time stripping hitched flies across the surface to induce aggressive takes.
The Nes beats on the Laxa I Adaldal have had a steady stream of good sized fish heading up the river on par with last season. Fresh fish have continued to run and with the full moon and big tides coming It has been surprisingly warm on the north coast, unlike the west coast and small flies have done well, mostly small Nighthawks which are a firm favourite here.
The trout fishing up at Laxardal and Myvatnssveit has continued going from strength to strength and we are really seeing the benefit of the catch and release rules that were put in place. the numbers of big fish are on the increase as they feed hard over the summer months. Some absolutely stunning specimens have been landed by our anglers.
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