ATLANTIC SALMON DESTINATIONS
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.
This beautiful little two rod river is a sure bet during prime time for grilse. It also represents one of the best values you can find for salmon fishing in Iceland. At just 35 kilometers from Reykjavik, it is ideal for a short trip. Included with the fishing is a cozy little self-service lodge.
The Deildara is well kept secret among the local fishermen. Located on the far north east coast, this three rod river doesn’t get much attention from visiting foreign anglers but its waters produce good numbers of large msw salmon. Its long slow pools are ideal for active fishermen who enjoy hitching or stripping flies to provoke strikes. An excellent self-service lodge is included with the fishing,
East Rangá River
In recent years the East Rangá has established itself as Iceland’s most prodcutive salmon river by far. An aggressive smolt release program and careful management have led to incredible catch numbers. This is a large river, ideal for 2 hand rods. During the latter part of the season worming and spinning are also allowed.
The Hitara is one of Iceland’s legendary rivers with a long history among British anglers. The Hitara is home to one of Iceland’s most iconic full service salmon lodges set on cliff overlooking the river in absolutely stunning surroundings. It is difficult to imagine better salmon fishing in such beautiful surroundings. The upper section of the river has its own self-catering lodge.
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.
The Laxá in Leirarsveit is an excellent 7 rod river located on the west coast just 50 kilometers from Reykjavik. It ranks among the top twenty rivers in Iceland in rod catch every year, offering great access to the majority of its pools and easy wading. Guests are accommodated in a full service lodge. It is also one of the better values for slamon fishing in Iceland.
This beautiful little two rod river is located just 20 minutes from Reykjavik. It offers a nice selection of beautiful fly water as well as excellent pools for bait fishing by sight in the lower section of the river where this is allowed. It is fine choice for fishermen staying in Reykjavik who would like to experience one of Iceland’s beautiful salmon rivers.
Located on the north-west coast about 3 hours north of Reykjavik, the Midfjardará is Iceland’s most productive wild salmon fishery having no smolt release program nor any artificial reproduction of salmon. It also offers some of the most beautiful fly water in Iceland, Fished by just 10 rods, its average annual rod catch is about 3400 salmon..
Known for it’s large msw salmon in surprising numbers, the Selá is one of Iceland’s greatest salmon rivers. Rods are difficult to come by as most prime dates are dead man’s shoes, but a few rods do come available now and then.
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. Tricky wading makes hiring a guide a must, but the rewards can be great. The river also hosts a sizeable run of char. Depedning on the section of river fished, guests may stay at on of three self service lodges.
The Stora Laxá i one of Iceland’s most beautiful rivers and also one of its most productive. It offers plenty of fabulous fly water ideally fished with a two hand rod. FIshermen on the lower section are accommodated in an excellent full service lodge. The upper section comes with afine self-service lodge.
Vatnsdalsá in Vatnsfjordur
This little gem of a river is tucked away in the northwestern fjords of Iceland. It a small two rod river ideal for single hand rod fishermen. There is no lodge for fishermen but there is a good hotel nearby. It is a great value if you are looking for salmon fishing in Iceland on a budget.
West Rangá River
Along with its sister river to the east. overthe years the West Rangá has established itself as one of Iceland’s two most productive rivers. It is also a large river, ideal for two hand rods, although later in the season worming and spinning are also allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Gin clear waters where large multi sea winter salmon will rise to take a bomber drifted on the surface is what makes Gaspe one of the world’s premier destinations for Atlantic salmon fishing. The Bonaventure River epitomizes everything Gaspe can offer a salmon fly fisherman.
The Eagle River is known as one of Labrador’s most pristine remote salmon rivers hosting one of the most abundant runs of Atlantic salmon in the country.
The Grand Cascapedia is one of the crown jewels of Gaspe salmon fishing. This legendary river yields some of the largest Atlantic salmon in the country. For any fly fisherman who has dreamed of catching a 40+ pound Atantic salmon, this is a river where it could happen.