The Litla River
-Brown trout, sea trout and Arctic char-
Season: April 1. - October 20.
Rods: 5 rods
Species: Sea trout, char, brown trout & occasional salmon
Lodge: Near river - accommodation for 18 guests in total. Hot tub.
Location: 530 km north of Reykjavik. 140 km east of Akureyri (domestic airport).
About the river
The Litla river is considered to be one of Iceland’s top trout rivers for both sea run and brown trout. The river holds the Icelandic record for biggest sea trout caught on the fly, a 23 pound hen fish caught on May 1. 2004, caught on a streamer called Dyrbitur - see recipe for the fly here: http://icelandangling.com/what-flies-to-use-in-iceland/streamers.html
The river is mostly spring fed and gathers a great deal of it’s water volume from underground springs. This is very common for the most recent and most volcanic part of Iceland but what makes Litla just a little bit different is the fact that some of the springs are warm. The effect is quite clear and despite being located far north the river never freezes during winter.
The river flows into the glacial waters of Jokulsa just before hitting the Atlantic ocean. At times the fishing can be magical where the two rivers meet and the muddy glacial water flows on top of the clear water from Litla creating the perfect hiding place for shy sea trout entering the river system.
In the early season that starts in April to about mid May anglers are targeting sea trout and brown trout in the 5-12 pound size range with the common brown trout at about 3-10 pounds and the common sea trout at about 2-12 pounds. Bigger fish are seen and hooked every year.
In June, July and August the river is fantastic for streamer, dry fly and nymph fishing for big brown trout and Arctic char in the 4-8 pound range. The river is full of fry and stickleback that the bigger fish gorge on and so streamer fishing can be somewhat magical but when conditions are right a tiny dry fly will catch a big fish. The odd salmon is also caught each year and in 2011 there were several caught in September.
The river offers incredible diverse fishing conditions and at the top it is small and slow with a mid section of rapids, runs and deep pools and then a much bigger, deeper bottom section where big trout can hide almost anywhere.
Is at the top of the river and is very comfortable. Hot tub in the backyard.
Over 1000 fish of all species caught each year.
The brown trout are exceptionally large in the river and so is the sea trout. Char over 50 cm were quite common in 2010. In the course of three days an angler can expect to catch several brown trout over 50 cm (20 inches) as well as sea trout. The fish feed mostly on the unbelievable numbers of fry and stickleback in the river and become very heavy compared to length. The fish are very good fighters and will jump a lot during the fight.
We suggest both light and heavy rods - single handed. Double handed can be used in certain situations. Streamer fishing with fry or stickleback imitations seem to work quite well.
In August 2011 a group of 3 fished the Litla River for 4 days in total. In those 4 days the anglers caught 108 fish of all species the river has to offer, brown trout, sea trout, Arctic char and Atlantic salmon. See the news story from that trip here: http://icelandangling.com/news/222-red-letter-days.html
Contact info and booking:
Tel: +354 867 5200
Fishing in Iceland - Dry fly fishing on Litla River in May 2011
Fishing Iceland - Big brown trout on the Litla River lake