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Fishing in Iceland - End of season report

Written by Stjani. Posted in News.

Sea trout on HuseyjarkvislThis season is now soon to an end here in Iceland. Although we still fish until October 20. we are getting ready to pack it in after an eventful season. We have started our sea trout fishing and in fact we just returned from a great trip on the Huseyjarkvisl River. We fished 4 rods with 2 guides and the group caught 40 fish in 3 days. We lost a whole day of fishing to a storm. We still tried that day but we only caught 3 fish. 

Our tally included 6 salmon ranging from 80 - 99 cm (12-21 pounds) and 34 trout and sea trout ranging from 40 - 77 cm. We got the river rising and we saw sea trout coming into the river on our final morning when we landed 7 sea trout and one brown. 

The salmon fishing in Iceland in 2016 was strange. We had huge runs of salmon coming in early but the problem was the runs did not last and when the fish entered the river they were met by falling water levels, warm water, bright sunshine and days without wind. On the south coast it hardly rained at all this summer so the rivers were suffering. Everywhere we had rivers full of fish but few takers. 

The Langa River is still open and the numbers catch rates are up to about 1.300 salmon landed, The Haukadalsa to about 1.000 salmon landed, the Thvera/Kjarra system to about 2.000 and the Huseyjarkvisl around 300 salmon landed. 

We are now in full swing with bookings for 2017 and the demand is high as everyone expects a good year next year. We will have some great fishing to offer so please drop us a line with your wishes for fly fishing in Iceland in 2017. 

Tight lines,

Stjani Ben

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Photo: Nice 68 cm sea trout from Huseyjarkvisl recently

Mid season fishing update from Iceland

Written by Stjani. Posted in News.

Fish on at Langa RiverFishing in Iceland this season has had it's ups and downs so far. The Atlantic salmon fishing went off with a real bang and the runs were early this year. Trouble is the spring was also early and the summer weather has been fantastic so far. Well - fantastic for sunbathing and not so good for fishing. Day after day with high temperatures, sunshine and no wind has made the salmon fishing tough but the dry fly anglers are smiling. 

The trout fishing up north has been fantastic so far with strong midge hatches and plump trout ready and willing to rise to anglers dry flies. The Arctic char were in the rivers early but then seemed to disappear. I was guiding two rods in search of char and on the Brunna River we found few big ones but not in any numbers. 

We hope the weather changes and we get a good storm soon to shake things up a bit and get some water in some of the rivers that are becoming very low. We are still optimistic and it seems the salmon season will be an average one this year. We are sold out on all fishing permits for the season but some dates became available for day trips in August. 

Drop me a line if ou want to come fishing in Iceland this season or the next. I've got some busy days coming up but I'll do my best to reply as soon as I can. 

Tight lines,

Stjani Ben


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