So we've been all over the place for these past weeks and with hardly any proper internet and long days of fishing we rarely have the time to write the reports. We urge you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @icelandangling as well as follow me on Instagram @stjaniben all for a more "live" update on what is happening on the river banks.
We've been on River Thvera with a full house where the fishing went off slowly but then took off for the last 2 days. Total landed for the group was 17 fish if I remember correctly. From there Björn opened the Vatnsdalsa River where they had the best opening for years. A few days later the Huseyjarkvisl opened with two fish over 100 cm and so far the going has been good with a slightly better result so far than last year - the record year.
On the trout fishing front we did Brunna River where we struggled with high water but still managed to bank a few nice trout and char. From there we went on to Reykjadalsa and the group landed 50 trout in 3 days on 4 rods. In the meantime we had a group fishing on Litla River and they had some great fun with both the char and the trout and great results for both numbers and size.
I fished on Reykjadalsa for a day with a single client and we landed 20 fish in that day and then moved to Litla and added 2 anglers to the group. We fished this afternoon and evening and ended up with 20 fish in the book including char at 8 and 9 pounds.
Both Vatnsdalsa and Huseyjarkvisl are really fishing well at the moment with some big fish being caught and the astonishing average length of fish on Vatnsdalsa so far at over 80 cm. We fish Litla tomorrow and then move to Vatnsdalsa with this group I am guiding at the moment and we can't wait to join in on the action.
We have rods available on the Laxa Myvatn in end of July as well as rods on Huseyjarkvisl in end of August and end of September. Sea trout are already being caught on Huseyjarkvisl and I think this year will be a great year for both salmon and sea trout.
Top Photo: A 96 cm fish from Vatnsdalsa yesterday
Lower Photo: A 68 cm char from Quake Lake at Litla tonight
In the afternoon on June 20th the Vatnsdalsa River opened for fishing in the 2014 season. Our sales rep Björn was there for the fishing as always and he sent us an update on the fishing. The first afternoon was good with 5 fish landed and then today the anglers went all over the river and found fish all over, even in the top part of the river. Today 12 salmon were landed bringing the total tally of the 3 session fished to 17 salmon landed on 6 rods.
That is great fishing and it seems the Vatnsdalsa River is off to a great start. Much better than last year when only 8 fish had been landed at the same time. I have numbers for the first week dating back to 2004 and never in that time has the opening been better than this. The previous best was last year with 13 fish in the first 3 days of fishing.
I don't want to speak too soon but we are thrilled with these developments and this means fish has spread all over the river which is unusual for this time of year. All fish landed today were ranging from 72 - 97 cm in size, truly magnificent fishing.
We still have rods for 3 days fishing from July 2. - 5. this year so if you fancy some early season, last minute salmon fishing, act quickly and book your spot now!
Photo top: 88 cm salmon from Sea Pool yesterday
Photo bottom: Nice salmon caught up in the canyon this morning