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

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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


Flottir fiskar flott veður

Laxá in Kjós – sea trout fishing

The weather has been favorable for sea trout fishing and most of the rivers have been productive. Laxá in Kjós is one of these rivers, but recently the family Harpa Hlín, Stefán Sigurðsson and their son Matthías were fishing there and had a good time.

Harpa had this to say:  “The water levels in the river had dropped down after heavy rains and we got 20 sea trout. Stefán and Matthías caught the two largest, 80 cm. It was a great fishing trip, “

Picture/Matthias Stefánsson