Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we hope will help those of you who have never fished before, or are new to Iceland. If your query is not covered here, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you (use the 'Contact Us' page).

How do I organise a day's fishing

All you have to do is to book the right to fish for the relevant number of rods and days on the fishery of your choice. (See 'How to Book'). By the way, a 'rod' is a term used to describe a fisherman, so taking two rods for a day entitles two people to fish. There are no other fishery licences required, so all you have to do is to ring the fishery a few days before you are due to fish (you will be given the number on booking) find out what tackle he needs you to bring with you, and then turn up at the appointed time and place.

What does a guide do?

Most fisheries employ a guide of some sort. He may be full or part time and on a larger fisheries there may be more than one (with one designated as the head guide). The guide's job is to show you the water when you arrive, advise you on likely spots to fish and tackle to use, and to visit you from time to time to see how you are getting on. On some fisheries, he may stay with you for some or all of the day. Guides are also responsible for making sure that you fish within the law and in compliance with relevant conservation agreements. Many can also help with casting tuition, but make sure in advance of coming. It is normally expected that you should tip your guidee at the end of your fishing.

What is involved in a day's fishing?

When you arrive at the fishery, you will be introduced to the guide. On commencement of fishing the guide will help you set up your tackle and select a suitable fly. He will then show you where to start fishing and where to fish for the rest of the morning. You may be expected to stop fishing for an hour at lunch time. He will then organise your afternoon session, often on a different part of the fishery. At the end of the day you meet again to tell him about any fish you may have caught and to find out how any other rods have got on.

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I don't have any fishing tackle - can you help?

Sometimes the fishery can lend you some items of tackle, but you should not rely on this. The best thing is to hire the appropriate items from a local tackle shop. Most towns in Iceland have tackle shops which should be able to help. Tell the shop where and when you are fishing and they will provide the relevant equipment for you. The main problem will be how to pick up and return things before and after your fishing. Some shops may be able to deliver to your accommodation (for an extra charge).

What happens if the river floods or I have to cancel my fishing?

In line with general fishing practice, there are no refunds if the river floods. You still have the right to fish, although your guide may advise you that it is not worthwhile exercising this right. He is entitled to refuse to wade with you, if he thinks that it is not safe to do so. Otherwise he is available to help as needed and will do his best to help get round the adverse conditions.

If you have to cancel your fishing, you do not get a refund, but we can attempt to relet the fishings for you and, given enough time, can often achieve results. There is a commmision charge for this work. Altenatively you can get a friend to fish for you.

In the most unlikely event of the fishery having to cancel your fishing, you will get a full refund from the fishery owner and we will do our best to help you claim for any other costs that you are genuinely unable to avoid (lost hotel deposits etc).

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