The key to the majority of the salmon rivers in Iceland is the clarity of the water and the stunning scenary, as well, of course, the reliability of the fishing itself. There are so many rivers, we have dedicated a whole website to its salmon and trout fishing. The clear water allows for the use of very small and skated flies, often making for an intimate and visual experience. Due to the way the fishing is run it is usually possible to fish two rivers in a week and/or share a rod and all this an easy equi-distance between the USA and Europe. Fishing combines well with a sight-seeing holiday.
What brings us back is fishing the very beautiful, blue-clear waters with small flies, catching fresh fish off the tides on light tackle in stunning scenery. All of this while enjoying superb Icelandic cuisine generally from small lodges being looked after by great guides and all so convenient.
Icelandic salmon rivers generally have purpose-built lodges with stunning views overlooking the river. They are simple but very clean and comfortable and the food is always superb. If you have your own rod, you have your own room, if you share a rod, you share a room but this is changing for some.
Gear can range from a 5-weight to a 14ft double-handed rod but the most common are a 7/8-weight single-hander or a light 12ft 6-8 weight double-hander. Lines are almost always floating but always bring a sink-tip in case of flood or cold, leaders should be from 6lbs to 15lbs, local flies are best.
Much of Icelandic fishing is arranged in three day slots which spans four days. The first day is a half day (4pm to 10pm), the second two are full days (8am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm) the last day is from 7am to noon, a total of 33 hours over three days. This allows the travelling fisher to move on to the next place and not miss any fishing. The key to planning your trip to Iceland is to book early and start talking to us in September of the year before for the broadest range of options. With so many fish and so much time on the water Iceland is a great place to share a rod with family or friend.
Please ask for a quotation but prices range from £1500 to £6,000 for three days. This variation is based on time in the season and quality of river. Iceland keeps meticulous catch statistics going back many years.
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Currently, Iceland is experiencing some very extreme winter weather which is hugely encouraging for the coming season. There is an abnormal amount of snowfall for this time of year, something we have not seen in Iceland for some years! With consistent freezing temperatures, meaning the snow should last well into the spring & summer this will give us plenty of water for the coming season. A nice thought given last year’s low water ...
Not quite an expert Q & A but a very informative 5-minute video about the work being done to find out what is happening to the UK's salmon.
If you were to support The Missing Salmon Alliance, the alliance between our leading fishing organisations - The Atlantic Salmon Trust, The Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Angling ...
Iceland is one of the more unique salmon fishing destinations in the world, with its crystal clear waters, beautiful canyons and wide-open meadows, there is something for everyone. Our last remaining rods for the 2020 summer in Iceland are as follows.
Please contact us for more information on ...
Yesterday, 26th November 2019, the Alliance we can understand and have all been waiting for was launched - The Missing Salmon Alliance. An alliance between our leading fishing organisations - The Atlantic Salmon Trust, The Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Angling Trust. This is a HUGE step forward towards saving the United Kingdom's (and other) Atlantic salmon.
Icelandair appears to have brought back the 4:10pm daily flight from Keflavik International to Heathrow. This means that many will not have to overnight at the end of their fishing as was the case last year.
This saves on expensive nights in Reykjavik!
Five rods are available in prime time between 23rd – 27th July 2020.
The Blandà is known for its milky blue waters, big fish and stunning pools. It is a new, exciting river for UK rods and larger than most rivers in Iceland so, if you love fishing with a double-handed rod, this is ...
The 2019 Iceland season will be remembered for a very long time but sadly not for the right reasons, It suffered the longest drought for the last 100 years, perhaps ever. Of course this impacted the salmon fishing. However, an impressive number of fish were still caught. The fact that many rivers had record catches in 2015 and on ...
The Blandá prices for 2020 have just been announced and, considering the reduction in the number of rods, they are competitive with any serviced lodge in Iceland. The lodge itself will be undergoing a serious renovation over the coming months to be fully ready for next season. Interior designed, it will offer 14 comfortable, spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a dining and large seating area and of course amazing food. The lodge ...
The Blandá river has been fished by Icelandic fisherman for the past few decades, the river is known commonly among the local fishing community to be one of Iceland’s “big fish rivers” often producing fish over 20lbs.
For years Blandá was fished with conventional equipment, even the worm. Historically a large percentage of the ...