The Icelandic salmon season has got off to a wonderful start with most rivers showing signs of fish throughout their systems. This week marks the opening of most salmon rivers with only a few left to follow on the 1st July. Summer also appears to have arrived with the dry fly fishing kicking off for the brown trout in the north of the country.
Langá opened yesterday morning and we are awaiting the first report. The counter in the lower waterfall has already hit 542 salmon, with 141 multi-sea wintered fish (above 75 cm). This is a lot more salmon through the counter than in previous years.
Laxa I Kjos started well with 13 salmon landed in the first session, 10 of which were multi-sea wintered fish and 3 grilse. There are good numbers of fish all the way up the river to beat 5.
Miðfjarðará continued on from an impressive 2015 with an unbelievable first 3 1/2 days of the season. The opening group ended with a total of 89 salmon for 6 rods. The majority of fish ranging from 80 – 90 cm but a couple of cracking 99 and 101 cm fish in the last two sessions. Water levels are dropping and a top of rain will help to keep up this great fishing. There seem to be loads of fish in some of the pools on the Vesturá and lower Austurá but most fish are running straight through the Miðfjarðará itself.
The first morning on Haukadalsá produced two salmon of 90 cm and 95 cm respectively with signs of fish in all pools at this point. The returns are only expected to strengthen over the coming days.
Hítará had one of its greatest openings ever, with 38 salmon landed. Most of the fish were 80 cm + and there are signs of fish are all the way up the river.
We are also expecting great thing from the small west coast river Straumfjardara, with two prime slots still available, please contact us for more details.
Trout and Char Fishing
Lónsá has gotten the first runs of sea run arctic char with fish being caught all the way in the upper river up by the deserted farmhouse Grund up on the plateau. The sea trout and brown trout fishing is still good with consistent catches down in the estuary part of the river. Two anglers landed 19 fish on Monday between 40 and 50 cm. There is still some great spaces remaining, find out more here.
The trout season on the Mýrarkvísl started 10 days later than the last two years. The conditions have been great for dry fly fishing with warm temperatures and low wind. The biggest brown trout caught so far this year was a wonderful 60 cm fish caught on the upper beat, it appears that the catch and release policy on most trout is starting to pay off on the river. The salmon season also looks promising as when checking the rivers canyon pools last night the guides spotted salmon in at least 5 pools.
The Laxardal and Myvatnssveit fishing reports are expected to come through over the coming days but several fish in excess of 60 cm have already been landed and the water continues to run crystal clear.
For more information on Iceland fishing please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.