Species: Salmon - Sea trout
Lodge: 8 double bed rooms, full board
Location: South west, 30 mins drive from Reykjavik
Catch Rates: 966 salmon on average
About the river
On the south west corner of Iceland flows one of Iceland's top salmon rivers, Laxa in Leirarsveit. The river is 14 km long and is fished withonly 7 rods at any given time leaving plenty of space to each angler. The river is perfect for fly fishing with light tackle and stalking salmon with smaller flies and surface hitch tubes. This kind of fishing is growing in popularity as it offers a new found excitement while salmon fishing. The river flows through a beautiful valley and the diversity of pools will make sure anglers get to experience something new every day.
The river is normally fished with single handed rods, preferably 9ft 6-8wt. Small flies and the riffle hitch work very well as this kind of smaller river offers the angler a chance to do sight fishing for salmon and requires a stealthy approach.
On average the fish is about 3 kilos in weight with fish up to 8-10 kilos caught each year. The Laxa is perhaps better known for strong grilse runs rather then a high volume of MSW's. However for the past 5 years or so the size of fish seems to be increasing and the highest likelyhood of catching the bigger ones are early and late in the season.
Average catch rate in Laxa is 966 salmon per year for the 5 year average. Poor years in 2011 and especially 2012 pull the average down but in 2013 the catch rates were 1006. The record is 1887 salmon on the 7 rods.
Bookings and Enquiries:
Please contact Stjani Ben
Tel: +354 867 5200