The upper Laxá in Þingeyrjarsýsla is one of the better known trout areas and attracts many anglers. The Angling Club of Reykjavik recently signed a new contract with the fishing association of landowners. With the new contract, there will be some changes, but 12 rods will be fished in Laxárdal (there were 10 before), but the number of rods will remain the same in Mývatnssveit. At the same time, the fishing season in Laxárdalur will be shortened to August 15th, but will remain the same in Mývatnssveit.
In the last few years, 12 fully equipped rooms have been built in Laxárdalur, with a bathroom and shower in each room. There are now ideas, on behalf of the fishing association for large-scale changes to the Hofi hunting lodge in Mývatnssveit.
A conclusion of a new contract is usually accompanied by an increase in fishing permits. Anglers may also expect an increase in lodging.
May 29th – July 14th 59.000 IKR (members) / 73.750 IKR (full price)
July 14th – August 25th 55.000 IKR (members) / 68.750 IKR (full price).
May 31st – June 16th 42.000 IKR (members) / 52.500 IKR (full price)
June 16th – August 1st 44.000 IKR (members) / 55.000 IKR (full price)
August 1st – August 15th 39.000 IKR (members) / 48.750 IKR (full price)
News built on an announcement from The Angling Club of Reykjavík
Picture/Nicholas Steedman with 66 cm brown trout from Laxá in Mýv.
The Veiðivötn lake area has given good fishing this summer. Lake Litlisjór has has given by far the most fish or 3696, then comes Lake Snjóölduvatn with 2971, Lake Ónýtavatn has given 1600, Lake Hraunvötn have also given 1600 fish and Lake Nýjavatn is not far behind with 1543.
Many people have visited Veiðivötn lake area this summer, some come year after year and some even several times a year.
Ljósmynd/Gabríel Pálmi Heimisson with a fish from lake Stóra Fossvatni
Despite considerable development in fly design and the use of new models, the good old ones seem to hold their place on the list of the most used in Iceland. Only a few well-known Icelandic fly tyers have managed to get some of their flies on the list.
The flies Frances and Sunray Shadow are by far the best catchers in salmon fishing, but following come various “hitch” flies. The most popular types are Collie Dog, Haugur, Munroe KIller and those previously mentioned. Of other salmon flies, mainly triple hooks and Cone heads, the most used are Black & Blue, Silver Sheep, Black Sheep, Munroe Killer, Blue Charm, Green But, Hairy Mary, Collie Dog and the Icelandic flies, Laxá Blá, Dimmblá, Krafla, Haugar and Nóra. Other Icelandic salmon flies which have increased in popularity are Friggi and Zelda.
For brown trout and char fishing, it has been growing to use nymphs. Pheasant tail and Peacock are probably the flies that have served anglers for the longest time when fishing both species. Different types of bloodworms and vinyl rib flies also work well. Particularly, we can mention the Icelandic fly Krókinn, by Gylfa Kristjánsson, Mobutu and some flies made by Sveinn Þór e.g. Röndin og Glóðin. On bright days, Silver Pearl works very well and Peter Ross, who is better known as a stream fly, often works excellently as a nymph, especially when fishing for char.
Many streamers that are commonly used can also work for both species, especially the ever popular Nobblers, flies like the Dentist and Black Ghost and the Icelandic flies Flæðarmús and Stirða. The sea running Arctic char is believed to be attracted to colorful flies e.g. pink, orange and red flies are often useful. Peter Ross, Butcher, Cardinal and Watson Fancy are classical wet flies that work well fishing for char and the Icelandic flies “Heimasæta” and “Bleik & Blá” are often very effective. On the other hand, the brown trout usually choose darker colors and those that resemble natural food, e.g. sticklebacks like. The previously mentioned, Nobbler, Black Ghost and Dentist, are classical and the Gray Ghost, Mickey Finn and the Woolly Worm are often fatal. So finally, a few Icelandic flies must be mentioned that must be in every fly box. These are “Rektor” and “Hólmfríður” by the famous angler and fly tyer Kolbeinn Grímsson, Dýrbítur and Þingeyingur.
The sea running trout; sea trout, commonly chooses to take the same flies as the stationary brown trout. However, it is often the case that anglers choose more colorful flies for this type of fishing, as they are often caught in washed-out water. Often, the most colorful flies used for sea char also work well for sea trout. However, there is a lot to choose from and now flies like Skull heads, Bullets and Damsel are growing in popularity.
Veiðiheimar got to share a rod with the passionate english angler Nicholas Steedman at Laxá in Mývatnssveit 21st – 22nd of July. Nicholas is a keen dry fly angler and loves nothing more than catching large brown trout on dry fly.
On first shift, at the beat Geldingaey, the conditions were not favorable for dry fly fishing, so upstream nymphing was used successfully. We managed to catch 12 brown trout, up to 59 cm, mainly on Pheasant tail, Krókur and San Juan worms.
The morning after, we chose to walk to the fishing spot “Geldingartoftaflói” in the fishing beat Hamar. Shortly after we got there, fish started to rise everywhere and we landed 10 brown trout on dries, up to the size of 56 cm. The fish preferred Parachute ants and black CDC with a slight of orange color.
On the evening shift, at the fishing beat of Helluvað, we started off by visiting the fishing spot “Stekkjagerðispollur” and fished it with nymphs. Unfortunately, we did not have great success fish and decided to move to another fishing spot “Hafurseyjarpollur” that is best fished with streamers and there we manage to land a few, but all were quite small. Later in the evening a thick fog came over the area and it cooled down by a few degrees. Still, Nicholas decided to try out dry flies and managed to catch a few nice brown trout by casting in likely places.
The day after, when Veiðheimar was back home, we got a message from Nicholas that he had caught his biggest fish ever in Laxá. From a fishing spot, in the lower part of Hofstaðaey, he managed to land a brown trout of 66 cm.
Picture/Nicholas Steedman with a 66 cm brown trout from Hofstaðaey
The average size of brown trout in Laxá in Mývatnssveit has been growing in recent years and it is not uncommon for fish around 70 cm to be caught. However, it is unusual that they are around, or larger than 80 cm.
An enormous 83 cm brown trout was recently caught in the area. It was the experienced angler Kristján Jónsson that caught the fish in the fishing spot Sprengiflói. This beautiful fish will go in the history books of Laxá in Mývatnssveit as one of the largest fish that has been caught in the area.
Truly nice brown trout were caught in Arnarvatn stóra at Arnarvatnsheiði (north) a few days ago. Even though there was a crazy wind, Davíð Jón Kristjánsson and his friends managed to catch about twenty brown trout, which ranged from four to 10 pounds. Davíð landed three brown trout over 70 cm, two were 73 cm and one whole 75 cm.
The wind was so strong that it was impossible to fly fish. Therefore, most of the fish were caught on spinners and Blue Fox was the one the big ones wanted. This was the area in the vicinity of where Skammá flows into Arnarvatn stóra
The brown trout area in Laxá in Þingeyjarssýsla opened this morning in good conditions and the fishing was excellent. About 150 fish were landed, which is one of the best starts experienced anglers can remember.
The well-known fishing spot “Skurðurinn” in Geirastaðir gave most fish, or about 60. Anglers say that the fish is very fat and healthy. There was also good fishing in Brunnhellishró and Goggavík. Those who were at the beat of Brettingsstaðir stopped early after landing twelve nice brown trout. Pheasant Tail was strong and gave well, as well as other similar bead head nymphs. Some were getting fish on Sunray Shadow.
There have also been reports of good fishing at the beats below the Power Station in Laxá, also a great and well-kept fish.
Picture: Sigurjón Bjarni Bjarnason with a good one from Laxá
In recent years, brown trout fishing in Iceland has becoming more popular and many anglers go brown trout fishing more often than they do for other salmonids.There are many well-known brown trout rivers in Iceland and it is amazing how large the brown trout are in many of them. However, the best brown trout rivers are different in many ways and the price of fishing licenses in them varies. But what are the ten most productive brown trout rivers in Iceland? Below is a list, with their average catch from 1987 – 2020.
Veiðitorg has been operating for several years. It offers cost effective fishing pemits for rivers in many parts of Iceland
In the Northeast Iceland, Veiðitorg offers permits in rivers like Svartá in Bárðardal, Brunná,Arnarvatnsá and Svarfaðardalsá. Svartá has often been considered a miniature image of Laxá in Mývatnssveit. The newest river at Veiðitorg is Svarfaðardalsá, which is primarily a sea char river, but brown trout fishing there is increasing.
One area that is growing in popularity is in the south part of Iceland, and is called Ölfusarós – East bank. The main fish species is sea trout and the day permit only costs 2000 isk. It has been a tradition that all profits from the sale of fishing permits go to the Rescue Squad Björg at Eyrarbakki.
In the Eastern part of Iceland, the rivers available on Veiðitorg are home to sea char. These are Selfljót, Fjarðará in Borgarfjörður and Dalsá. However, brown trout can also be found in Selfljót. Information pages about these rivers will soon be available on Veiðiheimar. Veiðitorg offers few days in the salmon river Deildará.