Fishing in Iceland – End of Season Report

This 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.

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