Svalbardsa registered its second record season in two years as the final catch total ended with 504 landed salmon. It is a catch and relaesa river, so all spare a few injured fish were put back. A huge average of mws‘s in the catch was particularly impressive.
Svalbardsa in the northeast is doing very well and has good runs containing both grilse and mws‘s. There was a spell when long standing draught were beginning to tell, but the problem passed and the river has been healthy.
Svalbardsa has opened with a bang. Its first day was July 1rst and already over a hundred salmon have been landed which is among the best starts ever for the river. Most of the fish so far have been mws's which is also great news.
The northeast river Svalbardsa finished with a new record catch this season, the final total was 446 salmon, the earlier record was close to 380 from severals years back. So Svalbardsa turns out to be the only record breaker amongst the northeast rivers.
We have had a good season on the rivers of Thistilfjordur in the northeast. Perhaps not a record beckoning but a very good season nevertheless. The catch is mostly due to good mws runs, grilse are less plentyful and some of them are very small but others reasonable.
Glufura up north has had a slow start but there are fish running. Luck however has eluded the anglers so far and one day two big ones actually broke off.
Catch and release on Icelandic salmon rivers has been catching on. A few of them are now total c&r while many others allow small quotas of killed grilse. Many Icelandic rivers are so packed with grilse that killing big numbers of them has no bearing on the fishing quality. Other rivers are...
When coming to fly fish for salmon in Iceland you’ll soon find out that rules on catch and release vary from one river to another. In some rivers there is no need while in others it obviously accounts for higher quality fly fishing. We’ll look at examples.
Iceland has a few catch and release salmon rivers but most rivers are still with a voluntary c-r system, although quite a few have implanted a c-r system for all salmon of 70 cm and over. That is to protect the mws strain in the stocks.
The northeast rivers generally had a good solid season although no records were broken in the region. Svalbarðsá had a season total of some 350 salmon. The rivers managers feel that there were slightly fewer fish in the river than last season, which produced a similar catch. What was apparent was that there were more mws’s in the river than we have seen for quite some years and the grilse runs were poor.