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Salmon Fishing In Iceland

Wild and hard fighting salmon 

The Blanda River 2024

Iceland doesn't only offer salmon Fishing, but when Salmon Fishing in Iceland you also have the bonus of targeting Sea/Brown Trout and Arctic Char. Iceland offers some of the best and most diverse fly fishing opportunities in the world.


Rivers come in all shapes and sizes, from small streams fished with single-handed rods, to rivers the size of the River Dee in Scotland. The amazing landscape is home to a very stable population of Salmon, Trout and Arctic Char; we are delighted to be associated with one of the country's premier fishing rivers and lodges.

When it comes to Salmon Fishing in Iceland, Blanda is the largest river in North-West Iceland and runs into the sea at the village of Blönduós. It takes about three hours to drive from Reykjavik [this transfer is included in the price], however, it is also accessible by light aircraft using the local airstrip which takes 30 minutes back to Reykjavik. We can arrange this for those who require it. 
At the beginning of the season [June], only the lower section of the river is fished by four rods, as the fish tend to hold below the rapids at the head of the canyon. By late June fish begin to run further upstream and the river is opened up to a total of 8 rods fishing over 50km of the river. 
By Icelandic standards, Blanda is a large river. An average of 40 meters wide and one to two meters wide making it ideal for fishing with small double-handed rods. 

Not only are these numbers high but unusually for Iceland the has the Biggest Salmon in Iceland  ratio of multi-winter salmon/grilse is high. In July 2 in every 5 fish caught is a MSW fish. It’s also worth mentioning that the salmon in Blanda is 100% from natural stock, there has never been need for any assistance for the Blanda 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 the quantity of salmon caught. I'd also add that those are some of the strongest salmon I've ever fought. 
By Icelandic standards, Blanda is large and fast-flowing, something that a hooked salmon will use to its advantage.
Every summer there are stories from anglers of large salmon hooked and lost. This is one of the things that drew me to Blanda. most people I know want the chance of catching a bigger fish and have the story to tell. 
The season runs from 5 June to 20 September. Blanda offers some of the best early season fishing in Iceland. The catches are good at this time, as is the size of salmon and most fish are between 10 and 18 lbs.   Over the season the average weight is around 8 lbs. Throughout the season anglers are asked to release any large salmon. We will fish the river with 8 anglers, the group should expect to catch between 75 and 150 fish during an average week here at this time. Obviously, this is salmon fishing and nothing is certain, depending on both conditions and ability those figures above should be realised.
What makes this trip even more special?  As well as the four guides looking after each looking after 2 fishers, you will have me personally hosting the group, ensuring you have the best tuition and fishing advice possible during your week. We will also look after all your requirements in and around the lodge. Guides here are the best I've ever come across and are simply a joy to fish with. Those guys are fish-catching machines and adapt brilliantly whatever conditions throw up. 

Please contact me here if you would like any further information on our hosted fishing in Iceland.

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