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.
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.
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.