In Iceland we are fortunate enough to have several rivers and lakes where trophy trout can be found. Frequently I get the question where to catch the big brown trout in Iceland. Many visiting anglers just want to break their personal best records for wild brown trout and care little about anything else. I can relate to that for sure and for those of you looking for a chance to catch the biggest brown trout of your life here are a few options I consider the best in Iceland. If there is a lake or river I am forgetting I would of course love to be reminded.
1. Laxa in Myvatnssveit and Laxardalur River
This is the same river with different names. The average weight is higher in the "valley" at Laxardalur but there is definitely more fish up at the top beat on Myvatnssveit. I hope I have the right info when I say that the biggest fish on the Myvatnssveit are up to 70 cm (27,5").
Funnily enough the two biggest trout landed in 2014 were caught by clients of ours, fish at 73 and 75 cm (29,5"). That is a wild brown trout and a half! The trout at 75 cm was the biggest fish caught since 1970 something.
2. Litla River
The Litla River has only become known as a big fish fishery in the last few years, at least to anglers outside of Iceland. Old newspaper articles tell of some serious browns being caught, fish up to 18 - 19 pounds. The biggest recorded fish caught on a fly was a 23 pound sea trout caught in 2004 but there are some very big browns lurking in the water feeding on baitfish. Fish over 80 cm have been reported and the biggest one I've personally seen was 79 cm long (31,1").
3. Lake Thingvellir
Lake Thingvellir is by far the best option in Iceland for monster brown trout. The sheer number of massive wild brown trout has to be seen to be believed. The biggest fish I've heard about and seen a photo of was a whopping 100 cm! An absolute monster of a trout. My personal biggest fish from the lake was an 87 cm trout landed in May 2014.
4. Svarta River
On the Svarta River the big fish are mostly found in the middle beat where the river is wider and colder. There are fewer fish there than the upper river but the specimen are bigger for sure. Fish in double figures are not an uncommon sight on the Svarta River.
5. Minnivallalaekur River
A small spring creek in the south of Iceland with incredible size of trout. This is the river I started guiding on and for a few years I fished and guided this river so I hope I've met most of the fish there. From this river I've landed 70, 74 and 75 cm brown trout. Fish over 80 cm have been landed since then and you would not believe the size of fish from this small river.
6. Varma River
Last but not least the Varma River holds some absolutely stunning wild brown trout ranging over 10 pounds. This wonderful little river is a mere 30 minute drive from Reykjavik and has been a popular river for day trips from Reykjavik. However the big fish in the river are extremely hard to catch so if you're up for the challenge a day on the Varma is a good option.
For the 2015 season we have available dates on some of these rivers and we'd love to help you catch the brown trout of a lifetime. Our guides are experienced trout anglers and know where the big fish are hiding and how to catch them.