The salmon beats on the River Huseyjarkvisl have now been closed and the final catch rates for Atlantic salmon are now clear. Following a record season in 2013 the 2014 season is the third best we've had on the river with 260 salmon landed. The season was strange with salmon running early with loads of MSW's. That being said let's look at some statistics.
Here in Iceland we've often used 70 cm in length as the cross between grilse and MSW's. Meaning that a fish under 70 cm is a grilse and over an MSW. That is of course not always correct but at least we have something to go by.
On Huseyjarkvisl River 260 salmon were landed in the 2014 season. Of those 159 were 70 cm and over. Of these 4 were 100 cm and over with the biggest one landed 105 cm. We had 28 salmon between 90 and 99 cm. A staggering 98 salmon between 80 and 89 cm and 29 fish between 70 and 79 cm. Without having the numbers in front of me I think this season we had the biggest fish ever on the Huseyjarkvisl River. At least that is the feeling I got this year, fewer but bigger fish.
The best week was the week July 15th - 21st with 33 salmon landed. The same week in 2013 had 61 salmon landed. The slowest week was of course the last week with just 1 salmon landed. At that time we've turned our attention to the sea trout fishing anyway.
Photo: An 83 cm salmon caught in July 2014
It's that time again. The end of the fishing season. With just about 20 days to go we've packed it in for the 2014 season and turned our heads to the upcoming 2015 season that is just 6 short months away. We've already started booking the beginning of the sea trout season in 2015 and in the next few days we will put out the first packaged sea trout fishing trip that will take place in April 2015.
We will also put up some Atlantic salmon fishing packages for June and July 2015 so stay updated by subscribing to our newsletter. The last guided trip we did was tough but we had plenty of laughs and good time as well as some great fish landed. The review from our last clients says it all:
"Just a quick note to say a big thank you for a great trip.
We had a blast, especially the party which was great fun.
The food, wine, company and fishing was top rate – nothing we can do about the conditions.
Thanks very much for making us welcome and doing all the hard work, it is appreciated."
On that trip we caught a few nice sea trout and one salmon but the conditions were certainly not in our favor. But sometimes there is more to fishing than just the fishing and the factors we could control were great. Already looking forward to the 2015 fishing season in Iceland.
Photo: A brand new 70 cm sea trout caught on Huseyjarkvisl during our last trip