Iceland is perhaps best known for its salmon fishing
Iceland, the land of fire and ice,
is home to some of the best Atlantic salmon and game fishing in the world. In 2008 it had its best salmon season for many years. Iceland is known the world over for the quality of it’s salmon angling, however, it is less well known that there are also outstanding angling opportunities for brown trout fly fishing. Some waters are the perfect habitat for some very large wild trout indeed. With nearly 100 salmon fishing rivers in Iceland and most of those allowing between 4 and 20 rods to fish per day, there is a lot of angling to be had in Iceland, but without the feeling of ever being cramped for space. Fishing for salmon, sea trout, trout and Arctic char under the midnight sun is an experience no one will ever forget. In common with many other parts of the world, Atlantic Salmon catches have been improving in Iceland in recent years and in 2015 approximately 88,000 were caught on rod and line. The northern and eastern rivers are home to large multi-sea winter salmon and fish over twenty pounds are taken every year on most rivers.
These salmon rivers are not for the faint hearted and require that anglers be competent and confident waders and be able to wield double handed Spey rods The rivers of the west and south west benefit from the Gulf Stream currents and offer substantial runs of salmon, predominantly grilse. These rivers have very large runs of grilse during July and August, with many of the pools being full of bars of silver salmon straight off the tide. Trout fishing permits are very reasonably priced and a day’s trouting offers a pleasant alternative to salmon fishing. This Trip includes –
1. River Minnivallalaekur – home to some “big” brown trout. 2. River Breiddalsa, known as “one of the most beautiful river” in Iceland, the salmon season is a relatively short one. The earliest rivers open on 1st June and the latest close in mid-October, it is also Icelandic law that no river can be open for salmon fishing for more than 3½ months. Hence the earliest opening Atlantic salmon rivers are closed by mid-September. To get the best out of your visit it is imperative that where there are guides provided, their advice is taken as this will help all levels of anglers. The guides know their waters intimately, the pools holding fish any given time or water height and which flies to use to teke that salmon of a lifetime – priceless information. Brown trout river Minnivallalaekur – Fly Fishing This is a small, sensitive and gin clear stream with many diverse fishing spots, ideally suited for upstream nymphing, dry fly fishing as well as fishing with streamers. Minnivallalaekur is located in the lush southern part of Iceland. The river is famous for producing wild brown trout in size range from 5 up to 8 kg each season, with the average size range from 1 up to 2 kg. The fishing is limited to four rods at a time per day and the fish caught must be released. So won’t you try such unforgettable experience of flyfishing in the country best known for Salmon fishing !
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