After the bright conditions and lack of rain we have seen over the last few weeks the Iceland weather reverted somewhat back to normal over the weekend. Cooler temperatures and finally some rain in the west give the salmon rivers a much needed boost. Iceland’s west coast rivers have had a good week and the sea trout fishing in particular has paid dividends. We are still seeing strong runs of larger salmon continuing in the north of the country whilst the trout dry fly fishing is producing some wonderful wild brown trout.
The Miðfjarðará season is going from strength to strength, with the help of a little rain the river is producing good numbers of salmon throughout all of the beats. In one day over the weekend the 10 rods fishing landed 99 salmon up to 18 lbs.
Laxa I Dolum is another river that is also having a wonderful season, it is reaping the benefits of a reduction in rods down to just 4 rods only. In the last three days of fishing Dolum has produced 85 salmon ranging from fresh summer grilse through to larger multi-sea wintered salmon.
Low water has slowed the salmon fishing up on Laxa I Kjos so anglers have switched their focus to the large sea trout sitting in the meadows section of the river. And the sea trout have certainly not disappointed, with 10-12 fish being landed a day with an unbelievable average of 10 lbs. Most of these sea trout are caught fishing dead-drifted small nymphs upstream.
Nes Lodge on the Laxa I Adaldal is having a fantastic spell with salmon in excess of 20 lbs being produced daily and almost by the session at present. All fishing is currently being done with floating lines and smaller flies including the famous Night Hawk. Lilla R. and her grandson Hugo B. proved that the big fish genes ran in the family with fish of 103 cm (10.5 kg) and 108 cm (12.7 kg) landed within hours of each other.
The first major tributary of the Laxa I Adaldal, Myrarkvisl, is also having a wonderful July with salmon catches double what they were for the same time last year with the lower of the two beats producing the best chances. The upper beat is offering some fantastic wild brown trout dry fly fishing with fish up 50 cm caught on most sessions. For those looking for something different for an hour, the lake by the lodge is consistently producing Arctic char.
The Iceland trout fishing on the upper and lower parts of the Laxa I Adaldal has also been spectacular. Myvatnssveit last week reached 2,000 fish landed for the season many of which have been in excess of 50 cm. Laxardal continues to hold its crown as Iceland’s premier big wild trout river with an incredible average of 50-60 cm, most of which are being caught on dry fly.
For more information on Iceland fishing please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.