We are very excited this year to add Straumfjardara to our portfolio of Atlantic salmon rivers in Iceland. This unique river located up on Snaefells peninsular on the west coast of Iceland is one of the very few that offers a full service lodge to just four rods. The river itself has approximately 27 named pools divided into four beats over 12 km of fishing up to the Rjúkundi waterfall. Straumfjardara exhibits all the classic features of a great Icelandic river from the canyon section at the top to the fascinating rocky pools and holes to more open sections below.
The main course is easily accessed by four wheel drive vehicle on the lower section, but the upper section is better access on foot. However there are no pools more than a five minute walk from the vehicle or the lodge down to the nearest pool. The river is best fished with single handed rods as there is never a real requirement for a very long cast. For some pools, some anglers can benefit from a short double handed rod or a switch rod but in general a longer rod is simply counterproductive.
The river is predominantly a grilse river with an average weight of six pounds but every year salmon up to 18 – 20 pounds are hooked, played and even sometimes landed. Straumfjarðara also has a good run of Arctic char and sea trout and some of them reach a good size.
The lodge has five ensuite bedrooms so each fishermen has a single room with twin beds. The veranda overlooks the river and commands a lovely view over the mid-section of the river. Under new management for this coming season we are looking forward to some continued improvements.
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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.