Fish the River Sog with FishIceland
If you are longing to go salmon fishing in Iceland but have always dismissed the idea as too expensive, probably having read about the elite destinations frequented by the likes of Prince Charles and Eric Clapton, then read on. FishIceland is currently offering a fantastic package in 2021 with fishing and accommodation from Eur 490 per day/rod during July and August.
A comfortable self catering lodge the gently sloping banks of the Bildsfell beat demarcate the River Sog as it meanders through a patchwork of grassy fields and cultivated land. Home to many 20-pounders this river is widely recognised as one of Iceland’s finest salmon waters, just 40 miles southeast of Iceland’s beautiful capital, Reykjavik.
The beat is particularly well-suited to more independent fishers who are looking for an unforgettable fishing trip at a price comparable to some of the cheaper fishing on the ‘big four’ Scottish rivers. Here anglers benefit from easily accessible fishing for up to three rods, a short walk from the homely, self catering lodge which sleeps 6-8 people and allows 3 rods fishing.
The largest freshwater river in Iceland
In terms of volume the Sog is actually the largest freshwater river in Iceland which emerges from Lake Thingvallavatn and flows for approximately 14 miles before joining the glacial river Hvita. The resulting Olfusa river then flows for a further 16 miles before its surges out into the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast.
It has a very healthy stock of Atlantic salmon and the most common weight is 5 to 10 pounds with a few fish caught each year from 20 to 30 pounds. Amongst FishIceland’s clients who visited Bildsfell, Joel Boucher, a visiting American from Wyoming, caught his first ever Atlantic salmon on the beat in August and what a fish! The stunning sea-liced, cock salmon measured a whopping 100cm (39.4”) long. After a lengthy tussle and having been caught on camera the prized fish was duly released.
Depending on your preference either single or double handed rods can be used in conjunction with floating & intermediate lines and a handful of Icelandic fly patterns such as the red or black Frances, snaeldas, sunray shadows, etc. Arctic char can also be targeted which range from 0.5 to 5 pounds in weight – the average size being about 2 pounds. There are also sea-run brown trout in the Sog.
Transport to and from the Bildsfell Beat
Iceland (or Keflavik International Airport) is less than 3 hours from any UK city. You would be advised to rent a car which Jón Sigurðsson at FishIceland can help with or you can opt to employ a fishing guide who will collect you at the airport.
A 3- or 6-day trip can easily be combined with tours encompassing many of the popular tourist attractions located in the south of the island. Many of these are free to visit including the volcano Mt. Hekla, Langjokull Glacier, the famous Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfall and the National Park at Thingvellir. If you do not have a suitable vehicle then FishIceland can arrange a guided minibus tour around the ‘Golden Circle’ or further inland by way of a super jeep.
In short, fishing in the land of fire and ice is a magical experience and one that’s cheaper and less hassle than you might imagine. Please get in touch with Jón Sigurðsson by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone +354 899 4247 to enquire about availability and prices or to discover more myth-busting facts.