Vatnsa improving by the day
Vatnsa salmon holding in slack water. Photo by Terje Broman Larsson.
Vatnsa is starting to improve following some unheard of draughts in one of Iceland‘s main rain regions. It is a late starter and usually has no salmon until August. However the draughts kept the river low and the fishing was a bit slow as a result. Improvement has though been apparent recently.
The village of Vík on the central south coast is traditionally one of Iceland‘s wettest areas. This year has been different and as a result the small volume Vatnsa, flowing close to Vík, was reduced to almost a trickle. „Some salmon actually ran the river despite the low water in August but the fishing never amounted to anything much due to the draughts. Last year the fishing was good from the off in August and stayed consistent throughout. The year before was more like this one, a slow August which switched almost overnight into a fishing frenzy in September and early October. There are a lot of fish waiting in Kerlingardalsa, the glacial main river into which Vatnsa flows and we are expecting them to move up over the next few days. That will spark Vatnsa and hopefully the rest of the season will be strong,“ Asgeir Asmundsson, the rivers manager told us.