With Icelandic trout fly fishing season underway, a few hardy anglers have already braved the cold and changeable weather with great success. We have seen giant brown trout to nearly 30 lbs landed in Thingvallavatn as well as big river browns and some great sea trout from all corners of the country. The prime dry fly season in Iceland is a short window yet a wonderful time to visit the country, there are still a handful of great openings should you be planning a trip this summer.
The lower of the two sections on the upper valley of the Laxa I Adaldal in northern Iceland. It represents perhaps some of the finest wild brown trout fishing in Europe. The river is wide and shallow, and not dissimilar to flats fishing as you wade out and cast at rises. These Ice age fish have a large average size of 4 – 5 lbs, but unlike trout in other areas of the wold they remain insect feeders. Every year numerous 5-7 lbs trout are caught, with the occasional 8-9 lbs fish making an appearance.
8 – 12 July: £2,400 per rod (shared guide, full board)
12 – 16 July: £2,400 per rod (shared guide, full board)
16 – 20 July: £2,400 per rod (shared guide, full board)
20 – 24 July: £2,400 per rod (shared guide, full board)
This is the upper of the two sections and flows directly out of Lake Myvatn. These upper beats are wonderfully braided with fast runs, small pockets and crystal clear water. Pools for the most part are grass banked, wide, and with a relatively even bottom. The wild brown trout average 2-3 lbs with fish of up to 10 lbs encountered every season. As these fish live in fast, powerful water they are extremely strong, and hooking one will test your tackle and skill.
Various availability in 2017, enquire for more details.
This smallish, gin clear Icelandic stream has been hailed as one of the best kept secrets in global angling. It is a technical river where stealth, among other attributes, is needed. The brown trout average 3-4 lbs, with the monsters ranging to 20 lbs. Every season several of 10 lbs + are caught, with many in the 5 to 9 lbs class. In June, July and August delicate dry fly fishing takes over and is most productive. In essence it is a midge fishery, but strong hatches of caddis are also in the river.
4 – 9 June: 4 rods – £3,000 per rod (shared guide, full board) / £1,800 per rod (self-service)
11 – 16 June: 4 rods – £3,000 per rod (shared guide, full board) / £1,800 per rod (self-service)
7 – 12 July: 4 rods – £3,000 per rod (shared guide, full board) / £1,800 per rod (self-service)
24 – 28 July: 4 rods – £2,500 per rod (shared guide, full boar) / £1,450 per rod (self-service)
A very interesting river offering traditional pool and riffle water in the upper section, a canyon through the middle and meandering slow flows at the bottom. You can target good numbers of trout averaging 2 lbs with a few between 4-6 lbs. Dry flies and traditional nymphs work well and as the season progresses the chances of encountering salmon increase. Along with the river you also have access to a lake that has a good head of Arctic char (delicious eating if you want to take one or two for dinner). The river is limited to just four anglers, and a new lodge is being built for the 2017 season to offer very comfortable accommodation with full service possible.
13 – 16 June (3 days): £1,570 per rod (2 rods, shared guide, self catered) – good trout fishing
14 – 18 July (4 days): £2,380 per rod (2 rods, shared guide, self catered) – fresh salmon and trout
28 – 31 July (3 days): £1,680 per rod (2 rods, shared guide, self catered) – fresh salmon and trout
11 – 16 August (5 days): £4,710 per rod (4 rods, shared guides, full board) – prime salmon
16 – 19 August (3 days): £3,860 per rod (1 rod, single guide, full board) – prime salmon
29 – 31 August (2 days): £1,670 per rod (2 rods, shared guide, full board) – prime salmon
4 – 7 September (3 days): £2,500 per rod (4 rods, shared guides, full board) – salmon and trout
15 – 18 September (3 days): £2,190 per rod (4 rods, shared guides, full board) – salmon and trout
Already going to Iceland and want to add an extra day or three days is too long? Why not take a day trip out of Reykjavik? We can offer various day trips for those looking to be based in the capital, Reykjavik for salmon, brown trout, Arctic char and sea trout. There are numerous hotels, guesthouses and apartments to provide the level of accommodation you are looking for. From this base you can be collected after breakfast and be out on the water in under an hour in many cases and return to your accommodation in time for dinner. For more information click HERE.
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For more details on fishing in Iceland please do not hesitate to contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.