Welcome to the Jokla Rivers System
Flight Time from the UK
London - Reykjavik: 3 hrs
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens
None. However a certification of tackle disinfection is required and may be checked as you progress through passport control upon entering the country. We advise travelling anglers to obtain such certifications prior to leaving the UK.
Atlantic salmon, sea trout, brown-trout and Arctic char - you may travel to the Jokla system just to fish for the char, and they do have beats set aside specifically for char fishing. Certain times suit the char fishing better, so please contact us for suitable schedules. The trout fishing can also be good, but we would advise visiting anglers to explore all species on offer at the Jokla system, as many will come to the same tactics and their seasons do overlap.
Season to Travel
July - September
Tackle and Kit
For the tributaries flowing into the Jokla and within the Jokla system either a 9-10ft single-handed 6-8 weight rod or a 12-13ft double hander for 6-9 lines would be perfect, floating and intermediate lines should be carried along with a good range of polyleaders that will cover most eventualities. Multi-tip lines are also popular alternatives, and cover most bases. Flies; frances, sneldas, sunrays, hitched tubes in various colours, along with traditional patterns such as the stoats tail, blue charm, cascade etc. (the lodge and guides do carry suitable selections), 8-20lb clear nylon or fluorocarbon leader, chest waders, wading jacket, lifejacket, wading stick and polarised sunglasses.
The aforementioned kit would cover almost all eventualities at the Jokla system. However, the Jokla itself, especially in the lower river, does become sizeable. As such, we would recommend taking a 14 or 15ft double hander for a 10-12 line for this. We would also recommend taking a slightly heavier line for the main river, just in case there is some extra water in the system, where a slightly fast sinking line may be called for - a type 2 or 4 would be perfect, especially when combined with a heavier fly.
For the char you may take a lighter single-handed rod e.g. 9-10ft for a #6-8 line (a 10ft for a 6-7 line covers all species nicely, especially on the tributaries). Flies tend to be bright, with plenty of action and with heavy heads to form jig type patterns. Short and long shank hooks in sizes 10 and 8 are perfect. Tails should be constructed of marabou, with the bodies constructed of fritz. Blues work well, as does white, red, pink and orange.
The weather can be changeable in Iceland so please wear comfortable layered clothing. Your vehicle will be close to hand so take a bag that all extra clothing and equipment can be stored in.