Sea-run Brown Trout
Seatrout fishing leads many flyfisher to travel to the end of the world in order to fish on the famous rivers of Tierra Del Fuego. These trips offer the chance of catching the seatrout of a lifetime, however they often are quite expensive in terms of cost and travel time.
Only a few people know that Iceland has rivers with good stocks of seatrout as well. Each year fish up to ten kilograms are caught, and you can expect to catch several fish a day. The Icelandic seatrout have a great condition factor – wild and really strong fish. Combine this with Iceland’s nature, short travel times from Europe and fine, English speaking guides, and soon you will recognize that Iceland is more than just an alternative for the seatrout-fisher.
We have included the three best Icelandic seatrout rivers in our program: the Húseyjarkvísl, the Tungulaekur, and the Varmá – Thorleifslaekur. Some pictures you’ll find at the bottom of this page.
The Húseyjarkvísl river is located approximately 300km north of Reykjavik in the Skagafjordur district. This part of Iceland is known as the location of many Icelandic sagas of the 12th century.
Ten years ago the river was badly managed and there were only a few salmon and seatrout caught each year. The new leaseholder introduced C&R from the first minute of the lease onwards and ever since the seatrout and salmon catch rates improve. Nowadays the seatrout stocks have increased strongly. 2010 was the best seatrout year on the river with more than 1000 fish caught. Each year fish up to 90cm are caught.
During spring and autumn you fish for those fresh seatrout running the river. The river itself has trout and salmon beats. The end of the river is the Reykjafoss waterfall, here the fish cannot go further. Upstream of it, the river is called Svartá and is a brown trout river.
The season on Húseyjarkvísl lasts until end of September, sometimes even until mid of October depending on the weather conditions.
The trout beats are fished with three rods per day, the salmon beats with two to three rods. You will catch seatrout as well in the salmon beats.
The trout beat consists of numerous pools, which actually are deep runs. Often these runs hold several fish and if you find these, you can catch several fish during a short time. The runs might remind you of the seatrout rivers of Argentina, where you also have a shallow bank and the deep run on the other bank.
You can fish the river with either single-handed rods or light double-handed rods. The lines should be sink-tips and streamers as well as rubber-legged nymphs work well here.
The lodge on Húseyjarkvísl offers three double bed rooms and a hot tub in front of it.
The Tungulaekur is located 250km south east of Reykjavík. The landscape in this part of Iceland was shaped over millions of years by vulcanoes and ice-ages. Here in particular you get an intense feeling of Iceland as the land of fire and ice.
The Tungulaekur is a fairly small river, why flows slowly through it’s lava-bed with deep pools. The fishing in concentrated on a strech ranging from a waterfall on top (the seatrout cannot migrate further) to the mouth into a glacial river. Some years ago only the owner of the river used to fish it, since a few years it it open to the public. The exclusivity still is guaranteed through limited rods.
The river is fished with three to four rods per day from April to October. Each year more than 1000 fish are caught, one fifth of them are salmon. The seatrout reach weights up to ten kilograms. The Tungulaekur definitely is the best seatrout river of Iceland.
You can fish the river with single handed rods in line weights seven to eight. On the mouth you can use a double handed rod as well. Normally heavy ssink tip lines are fished as the river is quite deep.
The lodge on the Tungulaekur offer five to seven bedrooms, single and double. Guides can be booked as you prefer or are already included in the packages.
Varma – Thorleifslaekur
The third seatrut river is the Varma (name of the head waters) resp. Thorleifslaekur (name of the lower part). This river is fairly small and only half an hour away from Reykjavík. Nevertheless, the fishing is fantastic here, not only on seatrout…
Without a doubt the seatrout is the dominating fish, but also salmon are caught. Besides these, huge arctic char live in the river – specimens up to more than five kilograms. Sea-run char are also coming up the river.
Finally, there is one fish wich imakes the Varmá really special. It’s Steelhead which run the river. There are not many of them, but there are huge as well, up to seven kilograms have been caught.
Like on the other rivers, you normally fish with a single handed rod. The river is fly-only and C&R.