pukka ICELAND: report seatrout fishing on Húseyjarkvísl from 20.4.-23.4.12

The Húseyjarkvísl is a salmon- and seatrout river in the northwest of Iceland. Ten years ago only 30 salmon were caught with two to three salmon rods, plus a few seatrout and brownies on the three available trout rods. It was clear that this river had potential for more, and therefore the leaseholder introduced C&R. The result is impressive: with the salmon rods nowadays almost as many  fish per rod as on the den Rangás are caught (the salmon rivers in Iceland with the highest catch rates per rod). Furthermore, the seatrout numbers have exploded; the fish in this river are not only numerous and big, they also have a great condition factor and are in perfect shape. Main times for the run are autum (end of August, September) and in April big springers are running the river.These were our objective in this trip.

The river itself is embedded in a valley and the trout beats look similar to the seatrout rivers of Argentina. One bank is shallow and on the opposite tere are deep runs where the fish hide. The river can be fished very well with the single handed rod and heavy sinktips (300grain). The violent takes usually come after the first strips and even fish of 60cm run into the backing.

Normally the weather in April is harsh; we were lucky to catch a few sunny spring days with almost no wind – we came back with a sun-burn which is quite unusual for Iceland in this time… Due to this the fishing was difficult in the first days. Seatrout are shy and we had to work for the fish a lot. Nevertheless, we were able to catch some seatrout, brownies and even a salmon kelt. On the third day the code was cracked and the fishing was fantastic. Fish of the trip was a seatrout of 74cm with 41cm in girth…what a fish! In the end we landed with three rods two salmon up to 73 cm, 13 brownies up to 52cm and 25 seatrout up to 74cm. Two times we even had a double fight of seatrout. As if this was not enough, northern lights were showing up in the last night when we were relaxing in the Hot Tub – a perfect end of a fantastic trip.

If you are interested now in fishing the Huso please contact me as soon as possible. This year is almost booked completely and also for 2013 I recommend early booking.

Finally some pictures of the trip; more on the facebook-page of pukka-destinations.

pukka ICELAND: actual season’s news

Up to mid of May seatrout have been caught in the Húseyjarkvísl. Many of them silver and fresh and in great condition.

Mid of May the winter came back to the north of Iceland. One group which was fishing the Litlá river had to withstand tough conditions. However, the rewards were big brownies, typical for this river.

Beginning of June spring came back to Iceland and with it the massive midge hatches. Since then fishing is great on all the trout rivers of Iceland. Many fish are for example caught on Reykjadalsá with dries and nymphs. How satisfying this can be can be seen here: feedback pukka-destinations.

On the Big Laxá (Laxá in Adaldalur) trout are rising to insects and the flyfishermen are having a great dry-fly-fishery.


All this great fishing is topped once again by the Litlá river mid of June. One group of four was catching more than 100 brownies and char within six days. 40 of these fish measured more then 50cm, 20 of these over 60cm and the three biggest ones measuring whopping 75,79 and 79cm. The arctic char meaured up to 66cm.

The Varmá is a river close to Reykjavík and well-known for it’s seatrout runs. However, there are big brownies as well. In the last two weeks fishing has been great there with trout up to 5 kilograms.

Finally the salmon season has started begining of June on Nordurá and Blanda. On the first days on Nordurá 25 fish were caught.


Furthermore, the first salmon on Húseyjarkvísl was caught. The salmon beats open on 25.6., the fish therefore was caught in the trout beats. It seems the fish run the rivers earlier this year and we are curious how the season will develop. I am looking forward to Huso-reports with salmon attacking the hitch tube.

In case you are interested in fishing one of these rivers please contact me. In this year there still are some free spots available.
Actual fotos and reports can be seen best on facebook.

pukka ICELAND: available salmon rods

The salmon season in Iceland is starting. The fish are earlier in the rivers as usual – rivers like Nordurá, Húseyjarkvísl, the Laxás and the Vatnsdalsá perform well. There are still some rods available, e.g. in August on the Húseyjarkvísl, the Laxá in Leirarsveit and the Vatnsdalsá. On the latter it’s normally close to impossible to get licenses. Who wants to fish there, may contact me as soon as possible. Otherwise there will be chances in 2013 again, for sure…
Talking bout’ Vatnsdalsá: that’s how the fresh salmon look like there (and they are catchable with the hitchtube)…

pukka ICELAND: available seatrout rods

The Icelandic seatrout start running the rivers. The best time for catching a fresh bar of silver starts end of August and lasts until end of September. Due to cancellations two dates are now available on the Húseyjarkvísl. One two day slot (half day – full day – half day) from 5.9. bis 7.9. as well as a three day slot from 10.9.- 13.9. (half day – two full days – half day). Part of the packages is the lodge on the banks of the river, guiding, fullboard, all pick-ups and transfers in Iceland. Possible side catches in beginning of September: the cock salmon become aggressive again and besides seatrout you can expect to also catch salmon. Please contact me for further information.

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