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Spotlight: Litla River

Written by Stjani. Posted in News.

We keep going with our account of some of the best fishing rivers of Iceland. This time we look at one of the best all round river of Iceland. When we say all round river we mean a river that offers fishing for sea trout, brown trout, char and the very occasional salmon. We also mean the river that offers diverse conditions with the option of lake fishing included. The river in question is Litla River

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The Litla River flows from the Quake Lake in the north of Iceland. The lake was formed in a series of earthquakes in the winter of 1975 - 1976. The lake is now a massive eco system and home to an incredible stock of stickleback, a very important food source for the incredible stock of brown trout that reside in the lake and river. Although we cannot say for certain it is our theory that there is also a stock of both resident and sea run Arctic char to be found in the lake and river. At least there are incredible numbers of char to be found in this fishery as well as incredible numbers of big brown trout. 

Where the river flows from the lake and the first kilometer or so of river is usually the best fishing for brown trout to be had. As the river flows through the field on it's way to the sea big springs of water are scattered along the banks of the river continually adding to the water volume. When the river meets the sea it has grown quite a lot and is quite wide as well. 

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Due to the incredible amount of stickleback in the system streamer fishing has proved to be quite effective on this river but nymphing and dry fly fishing can be quite good as well, especially when targeting the Arctic char. There is not an actual fishing lodge on this river but a nearby guesthouse has served as a fishing lodge for our clients in the past. At the guesthouse you can store your waders in a heated garage, there is a hot tub, fully equipped kitchen and six double bedrooms sharing three bathrooms. 

The Litla River produces incredible amount of fish each year and in total the fishery produced 2.661 fish with 1.488 brown trout, 1.165 Arctic char and 8 salmon in total. Of these there were over 50 fish landed that measured over 70 cm long and a few brown trout over 80 cm were landed. So your chances of catching the trophy trout of a lifetime on the Litla River are quite high. 

To enquire about fishing on the Litla River please contact Stjani Ben through e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Availability for 2014 is getting scarce and August is pretty much sold out already. However things may change and cancellations may still come so just get in touch with us with your preferred dates and we will see if we can help. There are still days available in April and May, both offer some amazing brown trout and sea trout fishing as well as days here and there in June and July. 

Spotlight: Reykjadalsa River

Written by Stjani. Posted in News.

It's time to focus on fishing in Iceland again and take a closer look at some of the best rivers of Iceland. This time we look at the Reykjadalsa River that offers some of the best brown trout fishing to be had in Iceland. The Reykjadalsa River is a very long river that flows through the Reykjadalur Valley in the north of Iceland. It is a tributary of the famous Big Laxa River but is a totally different fishery all together. At the top it flows swiftly through a canyon with pocket water and the occasional undercut bank. When the canyon opens up it opens to a magnificent valley where the river flows through the middle. As we move further down the valley the river slows down but at the top it has faster runs, small waterfalls and rapids. In the middle of the valley there is a small village called Laugar with a small shop, swimming pool, hotel and a few resident houses. This is where the river slows down and runs through grassy fields and meadows with deeper pools and slow flowing areas perfect for dry fly fishing. 

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Speaking of dry fly fishing the river is perfect for just that. It seems no matter what the weather is like as long there's not a storm blazing we always find rising trout somewhere. In fact the most entertaining way to fish this river is simply to walk and stalk. Walk upstream keeping your eyes peeled for rising fish and once you find one you stalk it with your dry fly. The river is full of brown trout but it is not big for Iceland standards. However it is big enough and in great condition and quantity. The usual size to catch is from a pound to 4 pounds with an occasional bigger fish but that is very rare. Consistent 1-3 pound fish on dry fly is fantastic fishing in my book and when you can have days with over 30 fish landed that is a dream day. 

The fishing conditions on this river are incredibly diverse and with over 30 kilometers of fish-able water there is more than enough room for the maximum of 6 rods allowed on the river each day. In July the small stock of salmon start to run the river and they are an interesting by catch on light trout gear. We've heard stories of big salmon being caught on small dry flies on very light tackle but our clients have only landed salmon when specifically targeting them. 

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The lodge is very nice with 4 double bedrooms, each with en suite facilities, sleeping loft, kitchen, dining room and sitting room. There is even a hot tub on the porch. We offer the choice of fully catered stay at the lodge or self catering. The lodge is located within walking distance of the river. 

The 2014 season is getting booked up pretty fast on the river but there are still a few days available in June, July and August. For cheaper options we recommend May fishing on the Reykjadalsa River. Please contact Stjani Ben with e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about the fishing on Reykjadalsa River. 

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