270km from Reykjavik in southern Iceland


Season: 1 April - 10 October
Extent: 26km long river, double bank
Average catch: 1,000 sea trout & char
Rods: 6
Guides: Available
Lodge: Self catering with 8 ensuite rooms
Notes: Full catch & release policy for sea trout

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Eldvatn is a beautiful 26km long river in the southern part of Iceland. Most of the water in the river comes from small clear springs and creeks that originate from under the great lava field of Eldhraun. The upper most part of the river runs along the edge of the lava wall in astonishing surroundings. The river is well known in Iceland and not because of the number of sea trout it produces but because of their size. Some of the largest sea trout that run up the rivers on the south coast can be found in Eldvatn. The river is fished with 6 rods and most of the catches take place in the upper half of the river.

The catches have been varied over the years, ranging from approximately 1,000 sea trout and char in 1974 down to less than 70 in 1991 and everything in between. It is thought that these fluctuations can be explained by lack of discipline with respect to registration but the river is by no means empty.

During the first four days of the 2009 season 24 sea trout were caught ranging from 1lb to a fish that measured 80cm (31.5"). Prime time for sea trout fishing in Eldvatn is usually from middle of August until October.

Apart from sea trout and char anything from zero to 50 salmon are caught in the river annually. The best chance of catching a salmon in Eldvatn is probably from late July and onwards. The average size of the sea trout and char is approximately 2 and 4 pounds, respectively. A strict catch and release policy is in place on the sea trout but not on salmon and char.

There are many beautiful pools in Eldvatn - many more than you wil find on the printed map. The size of the pools vary but every angler should find a spot that matches his casting technique. Single-handed rods are recommended for the fishing in the 5-8 range. The choice of lines depends on the time of year. Sink lines or sinking tips are more commonly used during the autumn when the weather is cold. Fly patterns can be anything that you could think of casting over a char or a trout including nymphs, streamers and even some tube flies.

The new self catering lodge is located at the banks of the river and was opened in April 2009. There are eight rooms, each one has a private bathroom and the beds are made up when the guests arrive. The drive from Reykjvik to the lodge is approximately three hours (270km). From the lodge to the neighboring town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur is a 15 minute drive. Guides are not included in the price but we recommend using them. Please contact the river manager if you plan to do so. The roads or trails along the riverbanks are rather rough and 4x4 vehicles are almost mandatory when you are fishing in Eldvatn.

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