This is just a quick note to report on what has been going on with the fishing in Iceland so far this season. We've been incredibly busy and the weather has been funny all over Iceland. We've been travelling all over and had groups fishing all over the country for the last few weeks. The salmon fishing in the north is still good with a good run of salmon in the north and they are bigger than ever. However the grilse have not been showing up in the numbers we had last year so the number of fish caught are less for most cases but the size of fish is bigger.
The Huseyjarkvisl is approaching 100 fish landed and the Vatnsdalsa is at 216 salmon and the average size of about 11 pounds.
We just came back from doing 3 days on the Brunna with fantastic water conditions and a great number of fish in the river. Sight fishing for char and trout and the two rods landed 20 fish in 3 days and lost probably about the same amount with big fish rushing down the rapids. We even caught two fish on the last morning on dry fly. Reykjadalsa had a small flood and the guys fishing when the river dropped landed about 140 trout in 3 days as well as hooking a few salmon.
I brought in another group and we had a few really nice fish including a 22 inch and a 20 inch fish on the last morning. Broke off on a very big trout as well as hooking and breaking off on a salmon with a 4 weight rod and 5X tippet. Switched then to a 6 wt and some stronger tippets and landed 2 salmon that day.
More specific report to follow in the next few days.
Photo: A nice salmon landed on Huseyjarkvisl recently
So we've been all over the place for these past weeks and with hardly any proper internet and long days of fishing we rarely have the time to write the reports. We urge you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @icelandangling as well as follow me on Instagram @stjaniben all for a more "live" update on what is happening on the river banks.
We've been on River Thvera with a full house where the fishing went off slowly but then took off for the last 2 days. Total landed for the group was 17 fish if I remember correctly. From there Björn opened the Vatnsdalsa River where they had the best opening for years. A few days later the Huseyjarkvisl opened with two fish over 100 cm and so far the going has been good with a slightly better result so far than last year - the record year.
On the trout fishing front we did Brunna River where we struggled with high water but still managed to bank a few nice trout and char. From there we went on to Reykjadalsa and the group landed 50 trout in 3 days on 4 rods. In the meantime we had a group fishing on Litla River and they had some great fun with both the char and the trout and great results for both numbers and size.
I fished on Reykjadalsa for a day with a single client and we landed 20 fish in that day and then moved to Litla and added 2 anglers to the group. We fished this afternoon and evening and ended up with 20 fish in the book including char at 8 and 9 pounds.
Both Vatnsdalsa and Huseyjarkvisl are really fishing well at the moment with some big fish being caught and the astonishing average length of fish on Vatnsdalsa so far at over 80 cm. We fish Litla tomorrow and then move to Vatnsdalsa with this group I am guiding at the moment and we can't wait to join in on the action.
We have rods available on the Laxa Myvatn in end of July as well as rods on Huseyjarkvisl in end of August and end of September. Sea trout are already being caught on Huseyjarkvisl and I think this year will be a great year for both salmon and sea trout.
Top Photo: A 96 cm fish from Vatnsdalsa yesterday
Lower Photo: A 68 cm char from Quake Lake at Litla tonight