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Indispensable for trout and char fishing

Below is a list of ten essential nymphs for brown trout and char fishing in Icelandic rivers, a brief description of what they emulate and the sizes commonly used:

1. Peacock – Simple, but still the most used nymph in Iceland and emulate caddis cases and are often mistaken for midge or chironomid. Sizes: 8 – 16 


2. Pheasant tail – The first choice of many anglers and suitable for all conditions, with or without a beat. First designed by the English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer to imitate multivariate nymph species. Sizes: 10 – 16 

Pheasant Tail

3. Krókurinn “the hook” – A very productive fly that was designed by Gylfi Kristjánsson, an Icelandic fly tyer. Emulates several aquatic insects preferably a hatching Chironomidae. Usually tied on a size 10 – 16 hooks.  


4. Peter Ross – Originally a wet fly, but has proven to be lethal as a nymph. Flashy colors and works great as an attractor pattern especially when it comes to char fishing. Most often used in size 10 – 14

Peter Ross

5. Killer – Originally designed by the fly tier Þór Nielsen (1975) particularly to catch Arctic char in Lake Þingvallavatn. There, it has excelled through the years but has proven itself in other parts of Iceland, e.g. in brown trout fishing in Laxá in Þingeyrjarsýsla. Sizes 10 – 14 work well


6. Zebra Midge – invented by Ted Welling and imitates a tiny midge pupa. It is therefore well suited to Icelandic conditions where the midge flora is enormous. Typically used is sizes 12 – 18 and even smaller in case of a picky fish. 

Zebra Midge

7. Bloodworm – A very effective fly and frequently used as a dropper. Works well for both Arctic char and brown trout. Imitates a larva of the black fly (midge) when it is full of blood, before metamorphosis. Used in sizes 10 – 16.     


8. Teal & Black – Is a classic and imitates the larvae of the black fly (midges). Better smaller than bigger, sizes 14 – 16 and even 18.  

Teal & Black

9. Hares ear – Together with Peacock and PT the most used nymphs in Iceland. Works throughout the year because it covers a broad variety of prey that is active in every season. Sizes 10 – 14 

Hares ear

10. Kibbi – Very simple and popular local fly, created by Björgvin A. Björgvinsson. Imitates the larvae of the black fly (midges) in metamorphosis when the body is filling up, from bloodworm to gubber. Usually used in sizes 10 – 16 grubber hooks.  


Significant price increases for fishing licenses

Fishing licenses for salmon and Sea trout fishing are increasing considerably for the coming fishing season. This is not universal and there are individual examples of reductions. Inflation is said to be the first factor, but most lease agreements with landowners are indexed, and at high ten percent inflation it quickly has a significant impact. The same inflation also affects the setting of fishing rivers, e.g. like inputs that have increased. 

In some rivers, fishing licenses will increase up by 30% but it is not uncommon for the increase to be from 8 – 15%. 

Kolskeggur – from 4 to 22%

Iceland Outfitters – around 10% 

The Angling Club of Reykjavík (SVFR) – 10 to 12% 

Starir ehf – 10% in river Þverá/Kjarrá & even more in Víðidalsá

Veida.is – from 8 – 15% 

Six RIvers Iceland – from 10 to 30% 

Höklar ehf – from 15% in river Laxá in Kjós and a significant increase in river Hítará 

Fish Partner – new leases have let to higher prices in most of their sea trout rivers 

A nice sea trout just landed

In many rivers, September days are increasing more than other periods of the fishing season. This confirms that the C/R system seems to be working well, at least for the lessees. In several rivers there will be changes to the fishing rules, so a considerable increase in costs will be imposed on anglers. It will become mandatory to have guides in river Hofsá and river Stóra-Laxá also has that arrangement. Both of these rivers will increase a lot during high season, but in river Stóra-Laxá some days in August will on the other hand decrease in price. 

Despite price increases and the fact that fishing has ranged from being poor to decent over the last four years, there seems to be no lack of demand. Most of the popular rivers are selling well and are even sold out. However, several lessees have mentioned that an economic uncertainty, not least in Europe, caused some hesitation and even a recession. So the demand from abroad is decreasing to some extent, but there always seem to be people who are willing to pay despite the huge price increases. Still, there is an uncertainty about the future, f. ex. because constant price increases even when the fishing has been poor for several years cannot be called realistic.

Picture/from river Selá (Elli St)

Based on a news from Sporðaköst, mbl.is

Stærsti í heimi

The biggest sea trout ever caught!

The biggest sea trout ever caught on a fly in Iceland was landed in the river Tungufljót, West-Skaftafellssýsla on October 15th. This is the third sea trout from the river that is over 100 cm in size. The fish was caught by Stefán P. Jones and measured 107 centimeters and was said to be just over 30 lbs. This is probably one of the largest sea trout ever caught on a fly in the world. 

Stefán was fishing in the river Tungufljót, with a strong wind from the north and clear sky as well, which are terrible conditions for sea trout fishing. However, at the fishing spot Búrhylur there was a shadow and with a help from the wind Stefán managed to get a decent cast and drift on the fly. Suddenly the line stopped and the “troll” was on. It took time and patience to land the fish as the leash was only 14 lbs on a line seven. Despite everything, it didn’t have much of a will to fight but was awfully heavy on the rod. 

Það var ekki auðvelt að ná góðri pósu með þennan …
Stefán had trouble getting a hold by the tail of the fish

The fly that this monster fish took is the popular Icelandic bead head nymph “Krókurinn”. Stefán was using it as a dropper, but the other fly was Copper John. When the fly was released from the fish, it was found to be badly bent, despite being made of specially reinforced material;  Hannock hea­vy wire. 

Pictures/Kristján Geir

News from mbl.is/Sporðaköst

Risa birtingur

Bigger and bigger sea trout

More and more sea trout are being caught every year that are in the size range of 80 – 90 cm and even over 90 cm. This can possibly be attributed to the C & R system that has taken hold in almost all sea trout rivers in the last decade. Sea trout are known to come back again and again and can therefore reach incredible sizes. It was noticeable in the spring fishing this year how many of these big sea trout were going back to sea after their wintering in the rivers  

An example of several rivers where large sea trout have been caught are: Eldvatn, Vatnamót, Tungufljót, Húseyjarkvísl and Eyjafjarðará. In river Eldvatn many fish around and even over 90 cm were caught in the spring fishing. At the end of August the biggest one was landed, a 94 cm fish that was caught in the fishing spot Villi. 

In river Tungufljót, a 97 cm sea trout was caught by the angler Maros Zatko, in the first part of August. He came out of the fishing spot Syðri-Hólma. The same angler managed to land a 93 cm sea trout in Vatnamótum on the 26th of August.   

Guðjón Snorri with a 94 cm sea trout from river Eyjafjarðará

River Eyjafjarðará is becoming more known for large sea trout, especially in spring. However, the biggest one, a 94 cm fish, was caught late August by the angler Guðjón Snorri. That fish took a Red Ghost. River Húseyjarkvísl in Skagafjörður is another powerful sea trout river. There, the number of large sea trout has increased, and it was especially noticed this spring how well the sea trout were held there. 

The best time for sea trout is ahead and it will be fun to see if it yields any bigger than those mentioned above. As well, smaller sea trout are being caught in all these rivers and it is a good sign that new generations are in place.

A news based on sources from mbl.is – Eggert S. Sporðaköst

Stór sjóbbi úr Eldvatni

Prime time for sea trout approaching

There have been reports of good sea trout fishing, but the best time is yet to come. Anglers who were fishing in river Eldvatn recently had nice days. Different from day to day, but up to fifteen fish days. Totally, the days 15th to 17th gave forty fish. Among them was one fish that was 88 cm in length and 46 cm in circumference. It was the angler Þorgeir Þorgeirsson who caught him by upstream nymphing.  

In river Tungulækur the fishing has been rather slow, but an 85-centimeter fish was caught there yesterday in the fishing spot Breiðan. There have been few good days in river Tungufljót and we heard about a group of anglers that had fifteen sea trout, six salmon and some char. Early August a 97 cm sea trout was caught in river Tungufljót which is the largest fish known to be caught in the sea trout fishing so far. These rivers are going to get stronger as the end of the month progresses and in September. 


News from mbl.is – Sporðaköst

HKA Sunray1

Popular flies

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. 

Munroe Killer Hitch

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. 

Red Stirða works well when fishing for Arctic char

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. 

31. árið hjá Óðflugum í Straumunum – gekk frábærlega

A great fishing trip

Group of women, who call themselves “‘Óðflugur”,  did really good fishing in Straumar. Only 10 salmon had been caught when they arrived at the fishing beat. Óðflugur managed to land 20 salmon and 8 sea trout in a two day fishing trip. One of the anglers, in her nineties, did not give in to the others and landed a few fish. 

Picture/Vigdís Ólafsdóttir

News from veidar.is

Svartá in Bárð

Veiðitorg – fishing permits

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


Picture/Högni Harðarson

Tungufljótið vor

A great fun in Tungufljót

The Sea trout fishing in river Tungufljót has been going well. Daníel Gíslason had this to say about a fishing trip to the river: “The weather was good and all of Fishpartner’s facilities are as good as they could be. Tungufljót itself was clearing up after the last rains. We landed 24 fish and lost another 14, four were under 70 cm, 14 ranged from 70-80 cm, five over 80 and one 90 cm. A total BINGO, “said Daníel further.

Picture/great fun in Tungufljót