Fishing in Iceland - Brown Trout

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Does the brown trout need an introduction? Perhaps not but the one you can encounter in Iceland sure does. It is called the ice age brown trout or the dinosaur. Believed to have been landlocked in Iceland at the end of the last ice age about 10.000 years ago when the ice melted and land rose. Because of genetics the fish grows faster and matures a little later than normal making it possible for the fish to reach a high age and enormous size.

fishing litla 1Normal size of the brown trout in Iceland is 15 - 25 inches or 40-60 cm. It is common to catch a fish ranging from 25-30 inches but only the lucky few catch one bigger than that. The brown trout has been making it’s presence felt in more quantity all over the country in the last few years in both lakes and rivers. There are a few theories regarding this change and some blame it on higher temperature in the water.

Brown trout season is all year long although most lakes don’t open up until April 1st when the season starts for sea run species in Iceland. From April 1st till end of May you can expect chilly conditions and the trout feed mostly on baitfish, midges and caddis. June through September midges and caddis are the main food source but it depends on different rivers and lakes.

we love brown trout fishing in Iceland. We really do. We've moved practically all of our brown trout fishing operation to the north of Iceland where we feel the absolute best brown trout fishing in Iceland is to be had. Rivers like Litla, Svarta, Reykjadalsa, Laxa Myvatn, Laxa Adaldalur, Huseyjarkvisl, Brunna, just to name a few are all within close range from one another. And that gives us the chance to do something that has been very popular and in high demand with our clients - to fish 2-3 rivers in a week. We even set up a DIY thing with several trout rivers, a rental car and a map and description of the rivers and the anglers simply take care of themselves.

We also offer fully guided, full service brown trout fishing trips in Iceland and one might even say those are what we do best. But if you are considering coming to Iceland for brown trout fishing we advice you to read up on some things before coming, things like what time of year is best for trout fishing, laws, rules and regulations, what flies to use for trout fishing to name a few. You can also simply drop me an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Brown trout fishing in Iceland

For information on some of the best brown trout rivers in Iceland please visit these links below

Laxa Myvatn

Litla River

Huseyjarkvisl River

Reykjadalsa River

Varma River

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