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ATLANTIC SALMON DESTINATIONS

ICELAND

Laxá in Dölum

This wonderful little river on the west coast of Iceland has a fantastic average of around 1000 salmon caught on just 6 rods during an 80 day season. The majority if the fish caught are salmon weighing between 5 and 12 lbs, but every year fish in the 20+ lb category are caught.

Laxá in Kjos

They say that the fisherman who learns to fish this river properly, can fish any river in Iceland successfully. Its waters can be extremely technical and demanding, offering great opportunities to test ones skill fishing with floating lines and flies as small as a size 18. Every year it ranks among the top 10 rivers in Iceland in terms of annual catch with an average of around 1,200 salmon caught per year.

Nordura River

Considered by Icelanders to be the most beautiful river in the country, the Nordura usually ends up among the top five salmon rivers in the country in total annual catch. Its waters are varied and interesting and best fished with a light 2 handed rod or a switch rod early in the season. Fishermen stay at a good full service lodge overlooking the river.

Sog River

The Sog or Sogid River is the largest clear water river in Iceland. This river is known to give very big salmon. It is best fished with a two hand rod by fly fisherman and also allows bait and spin fishing.

Andakilsá River

Located on the west coast of Iceeland, this small two rod river is a favorite of the locals for both flyfishing and worm fishing. Fishing permits come with the use of a comfortable fully equipped self-service cabin.

Langá River

A fantastic grilse river with a wide variety of beautiful fly water ideal for fishing with one hand or switch rods. Every year it ends up as one of the top ten rivers in Iceland in salmon caught.

Jokla River

Located just north of Egilsstaðir on the east coast of iceland, the Jokla River originates on the eastern side of the Vatnajokull Glaciar and runs 100 kilometers before dumping into the Atlantic Ocean. Good sized msw salmon make up a high percentage of the salmon caught here. An intensive smolt release program has helped this river to increase catch numbers tremendously.

Breiddalsá River

Careful management has helped to make this beautiful river the destination of choce on the east coast of Iceland for many fly fsihermen. The Breiddalsá River als has one of the best fishing lodges in the country.

Nordlingafljot River

Located near Husafell, 125 km north-east of Reykjavik, the Nordlingafljot is a fantastic river for fly fishing or worming which is also allowed. The salmon beats include 75 named pools spread out over 13 km of river which are fished by 6 rods. The average annual rod catch is about 500 salmon. 

NORWAY

Gaula River

This free flowing river is the second most productive salmon river in Norway, offering the chance of catching  large salmon all season. Through our local partner, the Norwegian Fly Fishers Club, we can offer what is  by far the widest and best selection of salmon water on the Gaula. 

Orkla River

Within average yearly rod catchof 5,500 salmon, he beautiful Orkla River is one of productive rivers in in Norway. Reminiscent of the Spey in Scotland, the Orkla is a farily shallow fast running river with excelletn fly water.

Malselv River, Norway

One of Norway’s big salmon rivers, the Malselv is wide free stone river with miles of fantastic fly water which also provides great sport for spin fishermen. In addition to receiving an excellent run of Atlantic salmon, the river is home to a large population of grayling which go virtually untouched given the focus of local fishermen on the salmon.

Namsen River

If your quest is for really large salmon, the Namsen is undoubtedly one of the Norwegian Rivers you should look into. Every year salmon in the 40 lb range are caught. For now the Namsen record stands at 68 lbs. 

Reisa River

Not far from its sister river the Alta, the Reisa is also an excellent destination for very large salmon on the fly. In contrast to many other salmon rivers in the world the returns of very large salmon are constantly improving. 

RUSSIA

Kola River

Known to produce the largest Atlantic salmon in the Kola Peninsula, the Kola River is also an excellent value. Guests stay at a comfortable camp less than an hour away from Murmansk by road.

Ponoi River

This is perhaps the most productive atlantic salmon river in the world. Even during it slowest weeks, the Ponoi may produce more captures than some well known rivers of Scotland or Canada may produce in an entire year. 

Sidorovka River

Located on the northern shore of Russia’s kola Peninsula, the Sidorovka River is a fantastic remote destination for MSW salmon as well as sea-run brown trout. A small tent camp caters to groups of 6 fly fishermen at a time that have the entire river to themselves.

Varzina River

Every year the large msw salmon return from the cold waters of the Barents Sea to clear free running rivers of the Kola Peninsula. The Varzina is one of crown jewels among these rivers known by salmon fishermen around the world for its large and abundant salmon. .

IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND

River Finn

Salmon fishing in the River Finn is one of the best kept secrets in Europe. Until recently, the Finn was virtually unknown to European salmon fishermen.  But the inauguration of the Glenmore Rivers Lodge in 2007 by Chris Demagery, ex-saxophonist of  “Simply Red”,  has converted the river in Ireland’s destination of reference among a hndful of privileged fishermen.

River Blackwater

The Blackwater is the second largest river in Ireland after the Shannon, and one of the two or three most productive salmon rivers in the country. It is an excellent choice for mixed groups as fly, bait and spin fishing are all permitted.

River Mourne

Recognized as the best salmon river in Northern Ireland, the River Mourne is the largest tributary in Foyle River system. An estimated average of 80.000 salmon return to the Foyle system every year, of which a large portion return to the River Mourne.

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