East Rangá - world class fly fishing
East Rangá has been one of Iceland´s most productive rivers for over 15 years. East Rangá has earned its place as one of Iceland´s top salmon rivers with a well planned conservation and management policy.
East Rangá is one of the most beautiful and prolific salmon rivers in Iceland. The smolt release program is one of the best in Iceland. In 2010 the river had a wonderful season with over 5,000 salmon caught on 18 rods.
The river is divided into nine beats with 2 rods on a beat and has a fair rotation system utilising the 22 km stretch to the maximum benefit for each angler. This allows plenty of space per rod and a nice varienty of marvelous pools. One guide per two rods is recommended for best coverage of pools, knowledge of the river, approprate tackle and best fly patterns.
Facts about East Rangá:
Season 1st of July till 30th of October.
East Rangá is the river that catches the greatest number of big salmon of all rivers in Iceland.
Smolt release program. Late July and early August is the prime month for the salmon.
One Can use fly, spinning and worms. River has few but very big sea trout.
FOSSÁ - a magnificeint experience
The Fossa River offers 16 km of gorgeous fly fishing water and incredible scenery. The river is divided into 2 beats with 2 rods on each beat. Salmon fishing in Fossa offer you a 2 km of private water; the salmon beat is an amazing late season river with big salmon, around 75% are salmon and 25% grilles (2014). Trout beats offers new challenge in every corner, fishing pressure has always been light as the river has never been marketed to foreign anglers.
Facts about Fossa: Catch and release river.
September is the prime month for the salmon. Trout all season. Location: 120 km from Reykjavik.
Accommodation: No lodge. Plenty of accommodation short distance from the river.
Gear: salmon beat small double hand rods will do the job, also single hand rods. Trout 4 to 6 weighted lines. Second highest waterfall in Iceland is in Fossa Haifoss 125 meter. Biggest salmon 2014 was 95 cm long and the trout 4 kg.
catch close to 400 salmon in a year. The river offers a fantastic remote fly fishing experience and is an excellent choice for small groups looking for exclusive river fishing in an intimate setting.
Facts about Laugardalsa:
All salmon above 70cm are released and the bag limit is 1 salmon per day per rod.
Season runs from 15th of June till 15th of September. Gear: single hand rods & small flies. Location: 340 km from Reykjavik. Accommodation: Self catering lodge.
Laugardalsá river- the best salmon river in the West Fjords
Salmon fishing in Laugardalsa river not only offers a fantastic fly fishing adventure in a breath taking environment. It also provides the angler with high quality private salmon fishing experience using small micro and hitch flies to catch Atlantic salmon in Iceland. Laugardalsa is know as the best salmon river in West fjords. Average
Arnarvatnsheidi ( brown trout and char fishing in Iceland)
The Arnarvatnsheii is huge moorland with lakes, streams and rivers that provide fabulous trout fishing and is framed with a stunning panorama of mountain ranges and glaciers with the most notable one being the Eiríksjökull glacier.
Weighed nymphs are extremely popular in these lakes and streams and in recent years, when conditions allow, dry flies are often used by many anglers. Some of the lakes are only accessible on foot or by modified 4WD. The lakes, rivers and streams are full of good size Arctic Char and brown trout.
If you are up to some walking you can be rewarded with good fishing and spots that very few get to fish. There are also many spots that have easy access as well.
The accommodation is very basic and consists mainly of huts which are comfortable with cooking facilities and kitchen appliances, sitting room, beds, WC and shower. The fishing huts vary in size and can accommodate 4, 7 or up to 15 people.
Season: 20th of June - 30th of August.
The Trout Rivers of Iceland
Laxá in Adaldalur- Queen of Icelandic rivers
Laxá in Aaldalur (Big Laxá) is a great and beautiful river in the north of Iceland. It has a reputation as having the biggest fish of any river in Iceland. Laxá contains some of the biggest and strongest salmon in Iceland with a weight of up to 25-30 pounds (12 to 15kgs). Laxá also produces many great brown trout and sea trout. This is a great river for fishing with double handed rods but one handed rods can also be used depending on the angler's preference.
Laxá has lots of fast flowing water with 20 and 30 pound salmon ready for the keen angler to catch. Laxá is a 'catch and release' river.
Season: 20th of July - 20th of September
Galtalækur- cosy little stream with big trout
Galtalækur is a C&R river with only 2 rods. Great river with small and heavy nymphs, if the weather is good dry fly fishing can be very effective.
Season 1. April till 20. October.
Affall- small river with big salmon
AFFALL - small river with big salmon in Iceland
The Affall is a rather small 'clear - water' river in the south of Iceland which is over 17 km long, with 4 rods.
Since 2002 the release holders have stocked it with many salmon smelt with some great success.
Over 1000 salmon were caught on only four rods during 2010. Four year average of the is almost
The river is ideal for fly fishing, but anglers can use worms, spin fishing is not alowed.
Season 1. July till 27. of October.
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Thverá river- affordable salmon river
is now considered a tributary of East Rangá.
it used to be a sizable glacial river but is now a rather small and
completely clear stream. It is not natural salmon water but there is some hope it can be made into one by on going smolt releasing program.
The catch in recent years is up to 300 salmon and approximately
the same number of trout. Average catch per year is around 250 salmon.
Season 1. July till 27th of October.
4 rods and they are sold together.
West Rangá - river of many salmon
West Rangá is one of the most attractive salmon rivers in Iceland. The natural surroundings, adjacent to the Hella area are spectacular, volcanos and glaciers. The river itself is a dramatic combination of gravel-flats with waterfalls and small gorges. The West Rangá offers a fishing experience that is sure to please any angler. With sixteen rods fishing over 13 kilometers of river there is enough space to move freely around. It has a great number of catches and has had the highest catch ratio of all salmon rivers in Iceland. The river is divided into four beats and has four rods on each beat
Facts about West Rangá: Season 26th of June till 30th of October
Smolt release program.
Late July and early August is the prime month for the salmon.
Location: 110 km from Reykjavik. Accommodation: Fishing lodge.
Gear: Double hand rods 12,6 to 14 feet,
Mountain fishing in Iceland- like fishing in a science fiction movie
The Highland fishing in Iceland for wild brown trout and Arctic char is probably one of the best kept secrets of fly fishing in Iceland. If you like magnificent scenery, stunning mountains and hard volcanic landforms and you enjoy catching hard fighting Arctic char and colorful brown trout then this is the place for you. The fishing is mainly on floating line and using black flies but it's good to have slow sinking line for the deep Lake Ljótipollur.
The fishing can include several lovely lakes that are like an oasis in the middle of lava fields. The lakes all contain brown trout and char with the size ranging from 1pound up to 4 pounds.
This exciting fishing trip requires a 4WD vehicles tour and travels through lava fields and over black lava sand which are surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
A short drive to Landmannalaugar geothermal area for lunch is also possible and could include time to relax and bathe in the warm natural pond next to a lovely lava field.
Season: 20th of June until 30th of September
The Salmon Rivers of Iceland
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Fossá - trout beat unexpected journey to trout heaven.
Fossá river, the river of the waterfalls. (Foss in Icelandic means waterfall).
The Fossa River offers 16 km of gorgeous fly fishing water and incredible scenery while you are fishing. The river is divided into 2 beats with 2 rods on each beat. Salmon fishing in Fossa offer you a 2 km of private water; the salmon beat is an amazing late season river with big salmon, around 75% are salmon and 25% grilles. Trout beats offers new challenge in every corner, fishing pressure has always been light as the river has never been marketed to foreign anglers.
Facts about Fossa:
Catch and release river. September is the prime month for the salmon. Trout all season.
Location: 120 km from Reykjavik.
Accommodation: No lodge. Plenty of accommodation short distance from the river.
Gear: salmon beat small double hand rods will do the job, also single hand rods. Trout 4 to 6 weighted lines.
Second highest waterfall in Iceland is in Fossa Haifoss 125 meter.