ICELAND SALMON ADVENTURES

ICELAND SALMON ADVENTURES


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Location

Introduction - East River

East Rangá is one of the best known salmon river in Iceland.  It is located in the South of Iceland and between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvollur, in about 70 min drive from Reykjavik.

The river has been number one or two for the last 10 years in the number of salmon caught in Iceland.  This has made East Rangá one of the most popular salmon river in Iceland. The beautiful river is fished with a double handed rod and is easily accessible for most anglers, no advanced wading is required.

East Rangá has a very loyal clientele who fish the river every year, but it is also quite popular among beginners, families and corporate groups. Fishing is on eight beats over a 22 km stretch of river offering a nice variety of waters and lots of space.

The river and its surroundings is beautiful and gives anglers energy and feeds their soul.  Mountain Hekla, the legendary volcano, is in plain view and  gives good energy to everyone around it.

Travelling here

South of Iceland, about 95 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 South towards Selfoss. Drive through Selfoss towards Hella. Drive through Hella towards Hvolsvöllur.  A few hundred meters before Hvolsvöllur is a sign on your left hand side that says Eystri Rangá Veiðihús. Turn left at that sign and drive a few hundred meters and turn left where there is a fork on the road, then you see the lodge at your left hand side. The lodge is a complex, comprised of 8 buildings, combined with veranda.

Accommodation

Full service lodge, private room with bathroom to each rod, living room, dining room, bar, jacuzzi, wader drying room.

770 sqm exclusive fishing lodge centrally located at the river offering a panoramic view of the spectacular snow-capped volcano Hekla. The lodge complex is comprised of 8 buildings, all combined with 1500 sqm veranda, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Guests are accommodated in tastefully furnished double rooms with a private bath. One main building houses with the kitchen and spacious dining area where gourmet meals are served. The second main building houses a spacious living room with a full service bar. There are 18 double rooms with a private bathroom with a shower.

The fishing

Gear and equipment

Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11, sink tip lines recommended.

Quota: 4 grilse (salmon under 70 cm) can be kept per rod each shift.

Best flies:

East Rangá is cold and fishes best with tubes, ¼ – 1 inch, sink tips are a must but sometimes smaller tubes and/or regular flies can be the most effective.

The best flies for East Rangá are; Bismo (light tube – Local Fly), Sun Ray Shadow (1 inch), Snaelda (¼ – ½ inch), Black & Blue (½ inch, cone head), Collie Dog (½ – 1 inch), Pool Fly (local fly), Frances cone tube (¼ – ½ inch, red, black) Friggi(¼ – ½ inch),

As in other rivers, late summer as temperature drops the tubes get bigger/heavier. The same patterns apply, just a little heavier.

Tackle Disinfection: 

Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris and we intend to keep it that way.

There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.)

A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies. The process can also be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport.

The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for one fishing set is around 5.000 Icelandic kronas.

Introduction - Blanda River

Blanda is one of Iceland’s longest and most powerful rivers.

The river is known for her powerful and big salmon. Blanda is divided into 4 beats and has one major tributary – Svartá.

Blanda is often described as “the crazy river” by those who visit her, not because she’s dangerous – but because all of her salmon seem to be insane.

Even the grilse will drag you back and forth as you try to land them. The stock of salmon in the river is by many considered to be the strongest fighting pound for pound in Iceland.

Other rivers near Blanda include Svartá, Laxá in Asum and Hallá – all within an hour’s drive (some of them just minutes away). An ideal combination would be with Svartá also known for big salmon. Blanda is an ideal destination for those who are looking for serious salmon fishing, both in regards to the size of each salmon and in regards to the quantity of salmon caught.


Travelling here

North Iceland about 300 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 North towards Borgarnes. Drive through Borgarnes towards Blönduós. Drive through Blönduós towards Akureyri.

About  20 km From Blönduós is a sign on your right hand side that says: Blanda Hólahvarf Veiðihús.

Turn right at that sign and drive a few hundred meters and you are there.

Accommodation

The Blanda lodge is a new and beautiful lodge, about 19 km from Blönduós.  It was built in 2006.

Full service lodge, private room with bathroom to each rod, living room, dining room, bar, Jacuzzi, wader drying room.

The lodge has spacious 12 twin rooms, all with bath and shower. The living room is big and comfortable and the dining room also. It is a full service lodge with two Jacuzzi’s, sauna and veranda.

Food of top restaurant standard is provided in the lodge during your stay, two course lunch and a three course dinner. Fresh local ingredients are preferred when available.


The fishing

Average catch: 10 year average 2215 salmon (whole river)

Average size of fish: 7-8 lbs.

Fishing hours:

June 5th –August 19th  07:00-13:00 & 16:00-22:00

August 20th – September 15th 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-21:00

Guide: One per two rods


Gear and equipment

Beat 1 is a relatively short beat that holds 4 rods, 2 on each bank.

The beat opens in early June and leads the charts throughout June and sometimes July  in salmons caught per rod.

Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11, sink tip lines recommended.

BEST FLIES:

Blanda is cold and murky and fishes best with tubes, ¼ – 1 inch. Sink tips are a must but sometimes smaller tubes and/or regular flies can be the most effective. The best flies for Blanda are:

Bismo (light tube – Local Fly)

SunRay Shadow (1 inch)

Snaelda (¼ – ½ inch)

Black & Blue (½ inch, cone head)

Collie Dog (½ – 1 inch)

Seasons

East Ranga River
Fishing season: June 24th to September 3rd.

Prime time: July 10th to August 25th

Blanda River
Fishing season: opening on June 5th

Prime time: late June until late July.

For those looking for a serious fight with serious salmon, June is the right time. The salmon are fewer in June – but they are nearly all multi-winter fish.

Only later is June the grilse start arriving.

Clothing Suggestions

In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rain-wear and a windcheater. Chest waders and wading shoes.

Nicer clothes to wear for dinner.

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