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    There have been several articles written in FFFT magazine over the past couple of years about fishing in Iceland for trout on a reasonable budget. Biggest trout mentioned was 12 or 14 pounds I recall.

    For example you don't have to pay 'Frontiers' prices to fish lake 'Thingy whatsit'.

    Furthermore I fished there for salmon this September and with a very basic self catering lodge it didn't break the bank.

  2. #12

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    I have fished in Iceland many times but always for salmon.
    I first went there in 2005 and returned most years.
    As beryl mentioned there was a financial crash in 2008. That only really affected the natives and a lot of people lost their life savings. The Icelandic Krone was always linked to the US Dollar and Euro and the prices that they charged for the fishing were always in US dollars so they didn't suffer there. The biggest effect on the fishing was that more prime time became available due to the Icelandic Banks not offering any corporate entertainment fishing trips to their customers.
    When driving around in 2009 you could see a lot of building sites that were just standing still. A couple of years later the building was completed.

    As regards to the fishing, it is of course very expensive with good accommodation and great food. There is still a great demand and therefore the prices will stay up there.
    There are over 200 rivers and the season is approx. June to September with the biggest rivers only offering 16 rods at any one time. Most rivers have between 4 and 10 rods.

    There are, of course, a large number of trout rivers but I do not know a lot about them.

    I have had trips when I have caught over 100 salmon in a 3-4 day period, these being mostly grilse. I have also caught a few brown trout (biggest 13lbs), arctic char (5-6lbs) and sea trout (4-5lbs). But these were mostly caught while salmon fishing.

    The great thing about fishing a river full of salmon is that you dare try different methods like a dead drifted dry fly or a skated hitch or sunray.

    If you get the chance then try it.

    Pete

  3. #13

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    Quick thoughts -

    Forget salmon and focus on trout. There are many smaller rivers that are affordable especially during the shoulder seasons.

    The fishing card is your friend - 25+ lakes. Rent a camper van and see the country, though this does limit you to proper roads.

    Self-cater and eat hotdogs - delicious and cheap.

    A highland trip is inexpensive and gives you the options of lakes, rivers and streams. Camp and fish. Bring a lot of bug spray.

    If you don't rent a camper then get a good 4X4 which will open up the F roads to you. Get all the insurance. If you're doing the highlands learn how to safely cross a river in your vehicle. When I was last there a tourist swamped his truck, abandoned it and tried to flee the country. He didn't get very far.

    Good luck.

  4. #14

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    Hi Left Field

    I’m out in Iceland next year, what is the fishing card?

    Regards

    Vince

  5. #15

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    Google is also your friend.

    English

    It allows you to legally fish lakes (and a few connecting rivers) all over the island. But I was wrong ... it's actually 36 lakes.

    The card comes with a very good book with info on each lake, access points and what you can expect in terms of fish.

  6. #16

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    Was led to believe there are no biting insects in Iceland..... is this true ?
    John

  7. #17

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    I have never seen any.

  8. #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by left field View Post
    Google is also your friend.

    English

    It allows you to legally fish lakes (and a few connecting rivers) all over the island. But I was wrong ... it's actually 36 lakes.

    The card comes with a very good book with info on each lake, access points and what you can expect in terms of fish.
    Thanks, I'm fishing the Laxa and Litva for a week, then my wife is joining me for the return journey back from Akureyri and I might get the odd dabble. However, we are going the east about on the route back and it looks like there will be fewer opportunities going that way round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by young jon View Post
    Thanks, I'm fishing the Laxa and Litva for a week, then my wife is joining me for the return journey back from Akureyri and I might get the odd dabble. However, we are going the east about on the route back and it looks like there will be fewer opportunities going that way round.

    Hey Vince

    When are you going?

    I assume that by Laxa you mean Laxá in Ađaladalur or the Big Laxa.
    Laxa is Icelandic for salmon river.

    Pete

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    Pete

    Early July, I have no idea which Laxa, I'm only the driver for a couple of reprobates off SL.

    regards

    Vince

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