The early spring sea trout fishing in Iceland is just about ending. It was a good season despite some cold weather and dismal conditions at times. Many of the fish were huge.
Iceland‘s angling season 2011 started in full flow last Friday, on the 1rst of April. Among the rivers to open up was the Tungulækur, Icelands finest sea trout fishery. And it started with a bang.
One of our listed rivers has switched outfitters, but due to the fact that the new one is one of our clients, our coverage of it will hardly change. The river in question is the famous Tungulaekur, which has been hailed as one of the worlds best sea trout rivers.
Tungulaekur has been producing good sea trout catches over the past few weeks and the runs are getting steadier and bigger by the day. A twenty pound salmon was caught on the river a week ago!
Some sea trout rivers have slowed down as they usually do as May beckons. Some however seem to offer longer spring seasons and among them is Tungulaekur, which has seen some astonishing action recently.
The fishing has been excellent on Tungulaekur following a few extreamly cold days at the start of the season.
Only a week until the season starts up here and already a few people are looking at the rivers “checking” if there is some life to be seen. And how goes it? Things are indeed looking good. Thorarinn Kristinsson, the owner and outfitter of Tungulaekur tried his most trusted spring pool for an hour, and his assumption: “Things are normal”.
The autumn sea trout fishing in the southeast Vestur Skaftafellssýsla rivers has started slowly this year. Most of the rivers have only had less than average runs so far and catches accordingly. One river stands out though, Tungulaekur, which has been up to its usual great standards.
Tungulaekur has seen its best ever salmon season and these days the sea trout runs are really hotting up. The fishing has been great and the water levels consistently good due to a water regulating dam.
Tungulaekur, one of Iceland‘s major sea trout rivers, has had some substantial salmon runs this summer and a group of Danish anglers caught ten Atlantics there recently. They also caught the first late season sea trout.
The spring fishing in Iceland has become more consistent recently as the weather has turned more springlike. At the start og April it was prett y cold and the fishing suffered. At this point of the season you never know in advance and that is what delights the local spring anglers.
We have had some fine quality spring weather over the last few days following some wintery conditions the first two or three days of the season which started last Wedensday. The fish are there and they are big. Here are some titbits of news and an idea om some of the flies that are working.
The sea trout season started off well despite a bout of bad weather which sparked a run of floating ice and some moderate flooding and discoloring. Anglers set upon a few rivers following a night of heavy sleet and snow which turned to rain in the early hours.
Just a few days ago Icelanders were starting to feel that spring was just around the corner. They should have known better. It‘s on course according to the almanac but weatherwise it is at a standstill at the moment and winter is back in full force. Nevertheless, our first sea trout rivers open up on the 1rst of April which is less than a month away.
Thorarinn Kristinsson, the owner of Tungulaekur and fisheries scientist Johannes Sturlaugsson at the research company Salmon and Trout Research (Laxfiskar in Icelandic), have indulged in some extensive sea trout research over the past years.
Tungulækur was typically full of fish in 2008. At the start of the season in April the river was low as longstanding frost draughts had dominated the weather in March. It didn’t start to thaw out until late in April so the retreating sea trout stayed in the river further into the spring than usual. They are usually starting to retreat in late April and most are gone by the middle of May. This year they stayed until the start of June.