Laxá in Kjos, Iceland
Perhaps there is no river that is more representative of the salmon rivers in Iceland than Laxá in Kjos. It is said 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 1,200 to 2,400 salmon caught per year.
Laxa at Kjos flows through beautiful glacial valley pf grassy pasture. It offers 25 kilometers of fishable waters and over 100 named pools. Visiting fishemen rotate through 5 separate beats, each having the option of fishing a sixth free beat if desired.
For those fishermen looking for a bit more variety, fantastic fishing for 6 to 12 pound sea-run brown trout is also available. They accompany the running salmon in the months of July and August becoming quite abundant by September. In fact, during the lastpart of the season, most of the visiting fishermen are there primarily for the seatrout.
Generally six to eight weight one handed rods with full floating lines are best suited to this river.
Popular flies include: Black and red Frances, Blue Charm, Black & Blue, Green Brahan, Collie Dog and various hitch and mini tubes.
Guests will stay at an excellent recently built lodge overlooking the river. Comfortable double rooms include on suite bathrooms. The service and the meals are excellent.
Laxá in Kjos is located just one half hour to the west of Reykjavík by road and an hour away from the international Airport at Keflavik where gusest fly into. Packages usually include round-trip transportation between Keflavik or Reykjavik and the lodge.
Season: Del 5 Juneto 15 September.
Best dates: End of June to early August for salmon. End of August to mid-September for sea-trout.
Nº of rods allowed: 6-8
Fishing methods allowed: Fly
Species: Atlantic salmón atlántico and sea-run brown trout
Note: Fishermen should be aware the Icelandic authorities require that any fishing equipment brought into the country be sterilized appropriately with a proper veterinary’s certification. Sterilization of equipment may also be done at the airport.
In order to travel to Iceland, you should have a valid passport valid with an expiration date at least 6 months after the planned return date. A visa is not required for EU or US citizens.
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