The 2016 Atlantic salmon fishing season in Iceland is off with a bang. Three major rivers have already opened and all have recorded record statistics. This comes in the wake of a 2015 season that was the fourth best ever! This also marks the best returns of mws salmon for years.
Several fisheries in Iceland have the old ice age brown trout, although they grow the most in the lake Þingvallavatn. That is probably due to their unendin supply of food(small char). They do not grow to the tremendous size in the rivers although they are very, very impressive there as well.
Brown trout fishing started on the main beats of lake Þingvallavatn last Friday and it is not an overstatement to say that the fishing got off to a flying start. Despite stiff winds making casting difficult, anglers were hooking and landing and releasing huge browns all weekend long.
Probably the biggest sea trout of the spring season in Iceland so far was caught on the Tungulækur over the weekend. It did not go onto the scales, but was estimated at about 100 centimers which is just about as big as they get in Iceland.
The small river Varmá, just east of Reykjavík is one of the countries best sea trout rivers. This spring and the last, the river has also been producing some extra large Arctic char, fish ranging to over twenty pounds.
The spring weather has so far been very favorable which has resulted in some outstanding sea trout fishing. We have not heard from a single river that has not been doing well.
The start of the sea trout season went really well despite starting off with a blast of bad weather. Day one was yesterday and the night before a heavy low pressure system swept over the country. Several rivers muddied up while others stayed clear despite the rain. As the weather subsided in the afternoon, the fishing improved and most of the rivers produced well.
Iceland‘s number one sea trout river, Tungulækur, has switched outfitters which is noteworthy as the river has been exclusively managed by its owner for as long as anybody can remember. The new outfitters are Valur Blomsterberg and Margrét Ásta Guðjónsdóttir and their tenure is set to be ten years.
Our last report involving the opening of the new season on the upcoming April 1rst was a very optimistic one. Spring strode inn early and since the rivers were full of fish last autumn, the signs were that the start would be a good one. And it probably will, only the weather forecasts are not as beautiful as they were a few days ago.
We are getting very close to a new season. It all starts on the 1rst of April. The main venues are several sea trout rivers, mostly in the southeast, but also three up north. A few venues with stationary trout open up as well.