Into a fresh sea char on the bottom beat. Photo from Strengir outfitter.
Breiddalsa is a pretty substantial river by volume emerging from the east coast mountains. On its own it is a real river but the tributary Tinnudalsa adds to the volume and from then on many indeed prefer double handed rods during the salmon season. Not so though above the junction. Apart from being a top salmon river with one of Iceland’s highest average weight, Breiddalsa is an excellent sea char river as well.
Here the guides have gone fishing for the barbecue.. Photo by Strengir outfitter.
Breiddalsa´s surroundings are something else and anglers really need to see it to believe it. We have here a lush fertile farmland valley embraced by the most scenic and awesome mountain ranges complete with the sort of craggy tops that they in fact resemble troops of trolls watching over the valley and its anglers.
The sea char fishery opens on May 1rst and is fished until September 30th. The beat changes though. Early on, six rods rotate the bottom of the river featuring the huge estuary lagoon and several of the bottom pools, and the upper Breiddalsa, above the Upper Beljandi falls. Up there you’ll find pristine and thrilling brown trout water, one pool after another over mile after mile.
There are some good sized sea trout as well, although this is the record fish of some 15 pounds.
Plenty of good sized fish. When the salmon season starts on July 1rst, the brown trout fishery falls into the salmon beats and three rods continue in the lagoon and the bottom of the river. The season is open to the end of September. During spring when the beats are fished with six rods the superb Breiddalsa lodge is part of the deal, self catered or with full service upon request. When the salmon season starts the sea char beat at the lagoon is mostly fished on a day by day basis and if anglers wish to stay for a longer period then adequate lodging can be arranged