Great start to the salmon season
First one from Nordura, a 80 beauty. The angler is Bjarni Júlíusson a former chairman of the Angling Club of Reykjavík. Photo by Þórdís Klara Bridde.
The salmon season in Iceland is underway as of yesterday morning. Two rivers were opened, Nordurá in the west and Blanda in the north. In short, the start was excellent.
Nordura is one of our listed rivers and there where a few worries as the river has been dropping recently due to lack of rain and minimal snow fields to feed on. Indeed the low water conditions were a telling factor as the salmon where shy. However five were caught yesterday and three more this morning and anglers are seeing far more fish in the river than at the same time last year.
Þórdís Klara Bridde with catch number two from Nordura yesterday morning. Photo by gg.
A few more were hooked and lost so all in all anglers on the Nordura had enough going to keep them on their toes. All the fish were mws-salmon, ranging from 73 to 83 cm, estimated 7 to 12 pounders. All were laced with sea lice. Most of them were caught on a local tube fly named Kolskeggur, a fly that looks a lot like the Sunray Shadow, the main diffirence though being that Kolskeggur was first tied years ahead of the Sunray.
Up north in Blanda, the condtions were far more favourable and anglers there enjoyed the best start there for many an year, 30 salmon being landed over the first one and a half days. All of them msw's the biggest a 90 cm whopper.