Beautiful tranquil surroundings. Photo Heimir Óskarsson.
Ulfarsa or Korpa as the river is often called, a shortening of Korpulfsstadaa which is another name of the river, is a tiny stream inside Reykjavik’s city limits. Indeed, there are two prolific salmon rivers inside the capitals boundaries which must be rare.
Korpa mostly produces grilse but several sea trout iare encountered and they are of grilse proportions. Photo Heimir Óskarsson.
Korpa originates in the lake Hafravatn and meanders several kilometers seaward. Over most of its length it is a gently flowing stream with a few small falls and runs toward the bottom end. Hafravatn is a trout lake but salmon enter the lake and spawn in small streams that empty into the lake.
Korpa is mostly fished for its often hot and fast fishing in the falls and potholes in the lower part. Mostly bait fishing down there, it is nevertheless often hectic and thrilling fishing as the salmon are fresh run from the sea and speedy and strong. It is though underestimated just how good the fly fishing opportunities are in the upper river.
A lot of the salmon move into the upper reaches as the season drags on and it is a unique experience to wander along the banks of a pretty little salmon river, catching fish on hyper light tackle, inside the city limits of a European capital.
Korpa is not fished for 2, 3 days or week long shifts. It is taken day by day and sometimes half days can be arranged. It is an excellent choice for anglers who have only short stays planned, are perhaps just in for business and want to get a look in!
Korpa is a two rod river and has a small hut for eating lunch and stretching out.