Fly fishing in Iceland

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by CaddisHatch15, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. CaddisHatch15

    CaddisHatch15 Member

    I am heading to Iceland July 31st - Aug 15th to visit my sister over there and am wanting to pack along my rod with me. I have been on a few fly fishing sites in Iceland and to be honest have no clue what to expect. I am curious if anyone has been over there and fished, and if you guys have any recommendations for me. I am guessing the salmon will be running then, and would love to get into some Atlantics, but wouldn't mind catching some trout over there as well. I will be bringing my spey and my single handed rod. Any information/suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Donny Z.
     
  2. Darryl Pahl

    Darryl Pahl Active Member

    I spent a long weekend there on the way back from Europe with the wife. I thought that the scenery was absolutely spectacular, and we drove over some really great looking rivers, but sadly I didn't bring any gear or do any fly fishing.

    I do think that Iceland has specific and strict rules about bringing in your own gear (waders, boots, everything). And more that just "no felt"-type recommendations. At that time apparently you needed to have certification that everything had been disinfected professionally (e.g., at a vet's office for example).

    So I'd recommend that you research this thoroughly.

    I did stop at a fly shop there, and basically he said to come back in the summer, about when you are going.
     
  3. Dan Cuomo

    Dan Cuomo Active Member

    I was there a few years ago - did not fish as it was Feb - and am headed back the first week of October. I too have done research online, and there is much good intel to be had there. Try searching the blogosphere as well... Iceland Fly Fishing, and the like. Salmon will indeed be running when you're there. Check out Sea Trout too. One might be tempted to believe these are SCR. Nothing could be farther from the truth. These are big sea-run browns. It appears that a guide will be well worth whatever you pay. Much - if not all - of the water worth fishing is private. Here are a few links.

    http://icelandangling.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/sea-trout-fishing-in-iceland-2/
    http://www.icelandangling.com/freshwater-species/sea-trout.html
    http://www.hooked.is/Hooked in Iceland.html
    http://fishingiceland.com/iceland-trout-rivers/iceland-trout-fishing/river-tungulaekursea-trout/
    http://www.tobiascoe.com/Gallery/Icelandic-sea-trout/21251496_vj5FjT#!i=1691792063&k=kndj8P2
    http://www.extremeiceland.is/en/activity-tours-iceland/fishing


    If I find anything else of interest I'll send it to you. There is also a post here from an an extremely nice Icelander who's heading here, for the second time, in the fall. I believe it's on the Steelhead forum. He's been very helpful to me. It appears that he may be here while I'm in his homeland. Too bad, as I'd love to return the favor of his help.
     

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