Steinar our guide with his 80 cm sea trout on Litla River
Well it's been almost two weeks now since the last time I wrote something here and then I was going fishing. That trip was short and sweet with loads of laughs but hardly any fish. Me and Bjossi caught a char each but no sea trout. From there I went to the north to fish Litla River with Iceland's culinary elite including a member of the national culinary team. Needless to say the feast was on in the lodge and the fishing was as good as always on the Litla. With a massive 80 cm sea trout landed among the fifty odd fish we also had some laughs and cold fingers as we were hit with a cold spell while fishing with temps dropping well below zero.
On Friday last I picked up my very first clients of the season, a group of proper English gentlemen. At least that's what they told me to call them. It was an exciting trip for me as two out of three in the group are beginners to fly fishing and had not caught a fish on the fly before. We started fishing the Brunna River and with a strong northern breeze biting our fingers and making things difficult for the newcomers we struggled for the first few hours. We then found a nice pool where we connected with a char and a brownie before the sun went behind a hill and made things way to cold to continue. However it was an anglers first ever Arctic char and an anglers first ever fish on the fly.
One of the char we caught during that sunny day on Brunna
The following morning it was cold but still and the sun was shining. We fished for a while without luck but in the afternoon, as the sun had heated things up a bit we connected with our first char and then everyone in the group had a fish. That afternoon we landed 8 Arctic char and lost plenty, all on small nymphs fished upstream with strike indicators. As the sun went behind a big bank of clouds the fish stopped taking and we called it a day just before it started snowing.
The following morning was our last on Brunna River before starting on the Litla in the afternoon but that morning there was a snow storm raging outside that kept us inside the whole day. Thank goodness I had planned for any situation and brought plenty of gourmet food on the trip so that day was spent eating, playing poker and soaking in the hot tub at Litla River.
The following day the same storm was raging but as that was our last day we put on an extra layer and went out fishing. That paid off as we landed a nice brownie, a char and lost one brownie. All in all it was a great trip despite the bad weather and I've made some new friends and we have three very happy clients gone back to the UK.
Tim with his brownie from the Litla River
I received this e-mail from one of the group upon their return:
"Hi Stjani arrived back home safely. Thank you for a wonderful time, didn't even matter about the 1 days bad weather. I have made a wonderful friend and would you send me the other pictures that you took please. I will definitely be coming back. Tim "
Next up for me is Huseyjarkvisl River for 7 days in total. Can't wait to get back on my favorite river of all. We have 3 days on Brunna River just become available in July. Drop me a line for some details on fishing prime time in that fantastic Arctic char river.