Season: 1 May - 30 September
Average catch: 300 Arctic char, 300 brown trout
Lodge: Full service
The trout beat consists of the uppermost and lower sections of the river both of which sustain different species. The top section mainly consists of brown trout, although it also offers a good chance of catching a sea trout on its way back to sea, especially early on in the season. With grassy banks and a selection of runs, pools and bends the top section is set in breathtaking scenery and provides excellent fishing.
The lowest section is where the fresh water of the river meets the Atlantic ocean and is altogether different - quite possibly unlike anything you have seen before. Here the water level rises and dropping with the tide but fishing is done mostly on the low tide and when the tides are changing. The species in question are mostly to be sea-run Arctic char and sea trout. Altogether the char and trout beats are about 12 kilometers long which gives each rod approximately 2 kilometers of varied fishing space. The fishing is done with six rods from 1 May - 1 July but only three from 1 July - 30 September.
The river is privately owned and leased by Angling Service Strengir which also owns and runs the lodge located. It provides luxury accomodation for anglers in eight double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, TV and internet connection. A comfortable dining and living room provides anglers with a chance to relax by the fireplace after a long day's fishing. The hot tub and the sauna are always popular to ease aching muscles and provide the ultimate relaxation.
Average catches are around 300 char and 300 brown trout with the average size being around 1kg. When the salmon season starts in July it is not uncommon for trout anglers fishing the trout beat to catch a salmon. The prime time for the brown trout is early in the season and then again late in the season for sea trout. The prime time for the char is May to late July.
Streamers seem to work extremely well for brown trout, especially those that imitate salmon smolts. In the Breiddalsa river there is an abundance of salmon smolts for the brown trout to feed on and there are two patterns in particular which work really well. Both of them are Icelandic designs, the Flaedarmus fly and the Rektor fly. Midge patterns are effective for the upstream presentation.
For sea-run Arctic char fishing is done with a different approach. On the bottom part of the river where it meets the sea the water level rises and drops with the tides leaving deeper channels in the sand. These channels are the focus of attention because that's where large shoals of char migrate up and down to feed. What they are feeding on are small shrimps that can be grey, green and orange-coloured to name but a few. Any small shrimp pattern usually works very well. They also go for very flashy white streamer flies that are stripped in very fast. Small white dog nobblers are also a good pattern to work with.
Single-handed rods are preferred for this type of fishing and we suggest rod weight #4-6. The reason for this is that it can sometimes get windy down by the ocean and when the char are feeding deep below the surface anglers need to add weight to their flies to get them down. In these cases it is better to have a slightly heavier rod to be able to control the extra weight. This is of course only a recommendation and personal preferences should apply. Remember to bring layers when travelling to Iceland - because of it's geographical location, the weather can be unpredictable.
A map of the river and the fishing pools can be seen here.
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