Iceland‘s first two rivers have officially opened up and the first groups have finished their two days of fishing. The start was outstanding, despite appaling conditions. Both rivers, Norðurá and Blanda, were having strong runs....
Icelands most famous lake, Thingvallavatn, has been producing some out of this world brown trout this spring, some of the browns being awesome massive beasts ranging to 20 pounds.
The salmon season of 2011 started impressively this morning as two of Iceland‘s major rivers were opened.
Recently the Icelandic Bureau of Fresh Water Fisheries held its annual conference. One of the main topics of each meating is the prediction for the pending salmon season. It turned out to be very favorable.
We told you that we would point out some outstanding trout fishing options for the spring fishing, due to start on April the 1rst. Our last feature focused on sea trout rivers while this feature will shed light on stationary trout options.
Today, there are a mere two months until we start fishing up here again. The weather can be harsh and volatile but the fish are there, big ones. Very, very big trout.
Iceland is blessed with some of the worlds best trout fishing. We have wild brown trout, sea trout, Arctic char of quality that goes unsurpassed. Last summer we had a look into the interiour and found some outstanding brown trout fishing.
Bob Sherwood, one of the main editors of the Financial Times had the time of his life the other week as he was the guest of the NASF's Orri Vigfússon on the Sela and Big Laxa.
We are seeing something very unexpected in Iceland these days. The spring was only moderate, yet the salmon rivers are filling up with fish at a very early date, many of them are not due to open until in three weeks or so. Global warming? Or a record season coming up? We'll see.
One of Iceland's leading fisheries biologists, Guðni Guðbergsson, has told us that “fringe rivers” for salmon have been producing more catches recently, perhaps even at the disposal of other stocks in the rivers, notably sea trout stocks. There may be two main reasons for this.
Langa may be one of Iceland's very best salmon rivers but it is not known for it's multiple mws's, rather its superstrong grilse. But during seasons of heavy runs there will always be some big fish on the prowl and more often than not they provide someone with great memories. Here is one such tale…
Last summer British Colombian fly casting instructor April Vokey visited Iceland, first to run a girl school on Midfjardara, the next time generally to fish herself. She runs her own website, http://www.flygal.ca/ and she kindly allowed us to run her Iceland article on our website.
Icelanders have made some outstanding salmon flies over the years as is to to be expected considering the number of superb rivers and anglers in the country. We recently unveiled “Gjóla”, a fly that proved to be outstanding from the off.
In 2007, an article was released by fisheries biologist Þórólfur Antonsson reflecting on the work done on Hofsa by placing wild salmon above the unaccesable fosspool in order for them to spawn in the prolific moorland part of the river.
Late next month, female fly fishermen will have the pleasure of April Vokey‘s girls school on Midfjardara . April is a 26 year old Canadian woman who, despite her young age, has vast experience as a self educated fly fisherman and fisihing guide. She also has a bussiness venture, which can be seen on www.flygal.ca. We asked Vokey for an interview, and got it.
The results are in for Iceland‘s annual competition for the best and „fishiest“ new flies, this year sponsored by the Icelandic national association of angling clubs along with local angling shop Ellingsen. There were some seriously good looking flies this year...
We are almost ready for meltdown in the midst of our countdown for the salmon season, starting on June 5th. The trout fishing is keeping us occupied and here we have the newest true tall tale, one of monumental dramatic proportions.
We are actually in the midst of a countdown these days as the first Icelandic salmon rivers open up on June 5th. However, while waiting, we have been monitoring the trout fishing this spring and as the season wares on, more of it will come to the fore. Thinking back the other day got us thinking forward...
A friend of our told us recently one of the most outrageous tall tales we have ever heard. We know that is it a true tale, there is a real live witness. This happened on a beat connected to one of our listed rivers, the Steinsmýrarvotn, the beats name being Grenlaekur 2. Brace yourselves for a ridculous tale....
We recently ran a piece on the eccentricities of the Atlantic salmon, how it sometimes comes to prefer one fly and not another, for no apparent reason. There are more tales were that one came from, more than will ever be counted. But here are a few other outstanding tales of the eccentric salmon.