Huseyjarkvisl - Trout beat
-Sea trout and brown trout -
Season: 1. April - June 25. Then again September 25. - October 20.
Species: Brown trout - Sea trout - Char. Catch & release
Lodge: 3 double bed rooms, hot tub.
Location: Skagafjordur district. 296 km from Reykjavik.
Catch rates: 5 year average is 631,2 trout.
About the river - Trout beat on Huseyjarkvisl
Huseyjarkvisl is really a very long river and it even has two names. It is called Huseyjarkvisl below the Reykjafoss waterfall where migrating trout and salmon can not go any further. Above the falls the river is called Svarta. For the 2012 season we are pleased to announce the agreement with the lease holders of the Svarta enabling Iceland Angling Travel to offer permits and trips in Svarta as well as the trout beat in Huseyjarkvisl.
The Huseyjarkvisl trout beat is in play from April 1. - June 25. when the salmon season starts and then again from September 25. - October 20. Depending on which species of fish you are after there are different prime time dates. The best sea trout times are from April 1. - approx. May 15. each year. Then the sea trout have all left for sea but they come back late July the earliest and are running through October. Prime time fall dates for sea trout start from September 1. - October 20. depending on weather conditions each year.
The best brown trout fishing is then from mid May - June 25. when the salmon season starts. Of course the brown trout fishing is good throughout the season but they become overshadowed by the mighty salmon as soon as they start running the river.
Perhaps the most hidden secret of Huseyjarkvisl is the sea trout fishing. Words can not express how good it is. I know I sound like a bad salesman or a lousy brochure but if you don't believe me take a look at the photo galleries: http://www.icelandangling.com/photo-galleries/category/37-huseyjarkvisl-september-22-25-2010.html
That is just one 3 day trip there and there have been many more.
Fishing methods for Huseyjarkvisl - Sea trout
When I say fishing methods these are the methods I have used with success myself. These are not absolutes nor rules of any kind. If you like nymph fishing, please use nymphs for the sea trout. This is the method I find most productive and fun. For the most part the trout beat has your typical sea trout characteristics with high banks, deep runs next to undercut banks, turns, corners, etc. I've spent a lot of time getting familiar with the sea trout beat and where the lies are. I try and spend a little time exploring each time I fish there and I encourage my clients to do the same. I've found spots every year and every year I return I catch a fish from those spots I found the year before so slowly but surely I'm adding to my knowledge. And this river does change a lot so knowing what to look for helps.
90% of the time the holding spots are where the river deepens substantially right next to a high bank. It's not always visible so we've had to do a fair bit of exploring. I use a Jim Teeny T-200 or T-300 line and a weighted streamer and for that I prefer a 10ft 6wt rod. I know - bit of overloading here but I've gotten the hang of it. I'll wade in from the opposite bank of that deep run until I can make the cast all the way to the other bank. I cast square (most of the time) and try and hit my fly as close to the other bank as possible. If I'm a little off I'll try again until I get it just tight up against the bank.
When the fly hits the water I'll give it 2 seconds to sink and then I start a slow stripping retrieve. Usually the strike occurs very close to the bank but occasionally it seems the fish followed my fly and hit it mid stream or even towards the end. These fish are big and strong so prepare for a long hard fight. I recommend using a fairly heavy, short leader for this type of fishing. This is not for all but I always say - once you get the hang of casting that rig, you are going to love it.
Like I said nymphing for those big sea trout also works very well - I simply prefer the streamer fishing because of the ferocious takes.
Fishing methods for Huseyjarkvisl - Brown trout
The brown trout frequently take the streamers and for that matter the salmon flies throughout the year. You'll find the brown trout close to the undercut high banks but what usually sets them apart from the sea trout is that they seem to hang around in slightly shallower water and higher in the river. Their main food items are midges, caddis and the occasional May fly hatch - which only seems to occur on very warm days.
I like to go mid stream and target the brown trout close to the high banks with nymphs and/or dry flies depending on if they are rising or not. On a good day you can approach a run and be unable to decide which fish you want to cast to first there are so many rising. If you're not sure what to use a midge pattern usually gets you pretty close to it. I like using a slightly heavier, bigger caddis larva imitation on the point and then a very small midge pupa or larva on the point if there is nothing visible going on.
2010 was the best season for the brown trout and sea trout fishing in the river with 875 trout and char caught. Biggest sea trout was 90 cm long estimated close to 20 pounds. In 2011 similar numbers of trout were caught and this time a few at 90 cm long. A group of three caught 62 fish ranging from 40 - 75 cm of all species in September 2011. Average length for April 2011 was 55,67 cm.
Best weeks on the trout beat are from August 12. - October 7. As well as the week April 22.-28. These are the weeks when the sea trout runs are the biggest. Best brown trout weeks are from June 3. - 16. (but note that salmon fishing starts on June 25.).
The river is not very wide so two handed rods are not necessary but if preferred that is alright. Recommended are single handed rods weight #4- #8. Sometimes conditions call for sink tip lines and/or weighted flies so they should be brought. Like I discussed in the sea trout section on fishing methods, I like Jim Teeny T- series lines.
Any sea trout patterns preferred is fine. Streamers and rubber legs work quite good and weighted streamers. Nobblers, Black ghost and some Icelandic flies work very well. Bring the flies you would like to use for sea trout. See list of flies for fishing in Iceland.
The main target are the very big sea trout that migrate up river. However there is also a strong stock of resident brown trout in the river ranging from 1-3 kilos in size.
Has three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, bathroom and a hot tub on the back porch. The lodge is very close to the river so it is even possible to walk from the lodge to the top pools on the trout beat. The lodge is only included from April 1. - June 25. and then again from September 25. - October 20. In the meantime it is being used for the salmon beat.
Tel: +354 867 5200
Fly fishing in Iceland - Sea trout fishing on Huseyjarkvisl River