Iceland 2021 The Beautiful Blanda River
Iceland Trip 2022 – River Blanda 8th - 15th July
Having arrived in Iceland on the 4th July, to give us time to prepare for our group of 8 rods arriving on the 7th, it soon became obvious during the 3 hour drive up Icelands west coast, without rain, a great many rivers would be struggling for at least one of the 3 basic elements required to catch salmon. Thankfully we were heading to the Blanda river where, because its Lake fed, had a good supply of fresh water.
When fishing the Blanda our group is spoiled by having up to 60km of the river and over 100 beautiful salmon pools to just 8 rods. This would be equivalent to having Gordon Castle – Tulchan for just our Group. Spoiling or What!?
Playing a fish in one of the top pools where wading is simple
Having said that, the Blanda river is characterised by having an extremely powerful waterfall around one mile from the sea. Immediately below these falls, lies a large pool in which almost every fish is taken in until enough fish have ascended the falls to populate those beautiful pools above.
Another Pool on beat 2 on the Blanda. A double hander is important.
What does this mean for the fishing? Well, for those fishing this pool it means you have a great chance of a fish or two off each tide. However, if the rotation takes you above here then you're reliant on decent numbers having crossed the falls. That said, we had fish in a few of the pools above the lodge and this was on what has been a very mediocre run of fish so far around Iceland.
The Falls and Lower pools. Wading here is more tricky but fishing fantastic.
Another feature of Blanda are its fish. All, including Grise, are noticeably more powerful than that of home, their strength coming from being genetically adapted to ascend the falls. Unlike many others and most people's perception of Iceland, the river also has a great run of MSW fish, making for some seriously epic fights with fish. And that not all, the resident population of Brown Trout and Arctic Char are the strongest fishing fish of their class I’ve ever encountered.
An 87cm 14lb Salmon From the Upper Blanda.
A beautiful but seriously hard fighting Brownie. Great fun on the Cadence Microspey or trout rod
One of the strongest Grilse Ive ever caught.
Another amazing dinner after fishing. The lodge has a great selection of fine wines.
Fish is a speciality
The Girls love fishing, fine wine and good food in Iceland too.