If you’re looking to book a last minute fishing trip to Iceland this year, fear not! Contrary to what you might surmise there is still a chance you could land some very good, reasonably priced, salmon fishing in one of the most captivating locations, a mere 2- to 3-hour flight from the UK.
Jon Sigurdsson, former captain of the national basketball team, turned his other passion for fishing into a serious business when he established FishIceland five years ago. Now, with the help of an extensive network of angling contacts he has access to some of the best fishing on the most prolific rivers in the country.
Whilst the relatively short salmon season (90 days) has only just begun, anglers have been enjoying an outstanding start during the long, pleasant, midsummer days. Jon himself bears testament to this fact having skillfully landed 8 out of the 54 fish reported in 3 days on the Kjarra during mid June. And, he’s even sporting a suntan to boot!
Meanwhile, the brown trout and Arctic char fishing around the island has never been better, despite the higher than average temperatures leading to increased snow melt. Lake Hlidarvatn, 60km south of Reyjkavik, has already exceeded its total catch for 2012 midway through the season. The Hraun beat of the acclaimed ‘Big Laxa’ (Laxa in Adaldalur) had a strong opening with 40 trout in 3 days during the week commencing 10th June. For details of current availability please visit FishIceland.com (‘Find Fishing’).
Trout fishing is definitely on trend and expected to gain even greater popularity with Icelanders and visitors alike as the season matures from July through to September. Have you heard about the giant ‘Ice Age’ brown trout which reside in Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake? Jon’s friend Nils thought all his dreams had come true in May when he landed a monster weighing over 29lbs (13.2kg) – yes, 29lbs of pure trout! With stories like this it’s not hard to understand why prospective anglers are now being urged to book in advance for 2014. A guided day on the lake costs from £399 per person, including transport from the capital region.
Compared to the other more prestigious game fish, Icelandic sea trout are often overlooked, despite catches normally weighing in the region of 4-5lbs, with many larger specimens tipping the scales between 16-22lbs every year. The fish tend to be caught in late August through to late October which means night-time anglers also stand a good chance of enjoying the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in the autumn. Prices start from £90/day (single rod, no accommodation) up to £220/day with self catering accommodation.
For more information about the offers mentioned above or to discuss your specific requirements please firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +354 899 4247. One bite and you’ll be hooked…!