With the first salmon already being landed we are very excited about the coming season ahead. Water levels are fantastic with good snow pack still remaining. Prime space has been in high demand once again but we have compiled a list of some of the best rivers and dates still available for the 2018 season below if you have not yet planned a salmon trip.
A river that can be fished with relative ease with good access to the pools and is fished well with single handed rods. It is much less susceptible to poor rainfall, unlike some of the other Icelandic salmon rivers, as it is lake fed. It has been extremely consistent even during very poor years and is the nearest you will get to a “Safe Bet”. The runs are predominantly grilse and larger fish are seen occasionally through the season. The lodge is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from Reykjavik and caters for 12 anglers.
12 – 15 July: 3 rods – £5,670 per rod – prime grilse runs
24 – 27 July: 3 rods – £5,710 per rod – prime grilse runs
30 July – 2 August: 5 rods – £4,480 per rod – prime grilse runs
13 – 15 August (2 days): 4 rods – £2,740 per rod – last of the prime grilse runs
As one of Iceland’s top producing natural rivers, Nordurá averages 1,900 salmon a season to its 12 rods and has over 100 named fishing pools on its 65 km length. The river offers an incredibly diverse fishing experience along with some of the most dramatic scenery. The lower river offers a steep canyon with wonderful fly water and salmon lies, the middle section features wide Rio Grande-like bends with twisting gravel pools. Fishing the upper section focuses on technical rock pools and runs. Being a wider river than some of its neighbours, it lends itself well to small double handed rods as well as single handers. Early season can see some good runs of multi-sea wintered fish in the powerful snowmelt waters. As the season progresses the water level drops and the grilse runs push into the river in good numbers.
18 – 21 June: 1 rod – £4,480 per rod
3 – 6 July: 1 rod – £7,560 per rod
12 – 15 July: 1 rod – £7,630 per rod
27 – 30 July: 2 rods – £5,140 per rod
2 – 5 August: 3 rods – £3,890 per rod
It is a delightful three rod river situated in the north eastern part of Iceland. It may be just 7 km long but the 19 named pools offer the chance to catch large multi-sea wintered salmon, brown trout and Arctic char. It is a perfect lodge and river for a small group of friends or family. It offers great fishing from a comfortable lodge and is also in a great location to explore northern or eastern Iceland as part of a combination itinerary.
9 – 12 August: 3 rods – £2,200 per rod – prime salmon run – *Cancellation Discount*
17 – 20 September: 3 rods – £2,500 per rod – late season salmon
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.
Various availability in 2018, enquire for more details.
We are all fully aware that salmon fishing in Iceland is not cheap. It has always been one of the more expensive options worldwide, especially when looking at prime time on many of the rivers which commands a premium. What many don’t realise is that the lodges are all set up for anglers to share a rod. Learn more HERE.
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.