Ash wasn’t the only thing to rise in Iceland last year as the total number of rod-caught Atlantic salmon soared once again to over 75,000 fish. Of these 58,000 were caught from self-sustaining rivers while the remainder were enticed from rivers with smolt release projects in operation.
Thanks in part to a buy out of nets and other fervent conservation measures, catches across the island have actually doubled since the year 2000, or trebled if you include statistics from the farmed or smolt release rivers such as the Rangas.
An increasing number of multi-sea-winter (MSW) salmon last year, particularly in northern and north eastern rivers, also bodes well for the coming season. No doubt the mandatory release of fish over 70cm on many rivers is contributing to this, restoring numbers of large fish similar to those more commonly seen 20 years ago.
Fishing in Iceland wasn’t without its challenges and a lack of rain in the south-west last year impaired salmon across the region. However, such conditions were not unique to Iceland and other angling opportunities abound for native brown trout, Arctic char and sea species.
At least a dozen rivers are known to have exceeded their record catches and 23 rivers landed over 1,000 salmon. Rod availability on some of these rivers, such as the Nordura, Langa, Laxa in Adaldalur, Hofsa, Laxa in Leirarsveit and Sog, can be secured through the professional services of Jon Sigurdsson at FishIceland.
During the prime months of July and August, a day on a top salmon river (including transfers, full-service lodge, meals and a guide) will cost from £600 per rod. In contrast, availability on a good river with self catered accommodation will cost less than half this.
Regular flights between Iceland and the UK are provided by Icelandair and Iceland Express. If booked in advance a return ticket can cost as little as £200. So if you one of the many anglers who harbor a desire to fly fish amidst stunning scenery composed of glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, imposing peaks and expansive lava fields then visit FishIceland.com to discover more.
2008: 84,124 salmon, 54,856 from self sustaining rivers and 29,268 from smolt project rivers.
2009: 72,200 salmon, 53,700 from self sustaining rivers and 18,500 from smolt project rivers.
2010: 75,000 salmon, 58,000 from self sustaining rivers and 17,000 from smolt project rivers.
In 2008 Jon Sigudsson established FishIceland in partnership with FishPal. FishIceland’s comprehensive website, coupled with Jon’s experience and dedication to providing an unrivalled level of service, means that planning your fishing trip to Iceland couldn’t be easier.
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