Season: 20 June - 20 September
Prime time: 14 June - 18 August
Extent: 25km long river, double bank
Average catch: 1171 salmon
Average size: 10lbs in 2008
Lodge: Full service lodge, gourmet meals
Notes: Full catch & release
Laxa in Adaldal, which many simply call 'Big Laxa', is one of Iceland's largest salmon rivers, and it consistently produces the country's heaviest fish, meaning fish of greater than 20 pounds.
Originating at Lake Myvatn and fed by numerous springs, the river has the clarity and complex currents of a spring creek. However, this is a big, powerful river, and of the Icelandic salmon rivers, only the Sog in the south has a bigger flow. Many visitors value the Laxa because conditions are reliable. Variances in water levels are minimal and the water tempatures are very consistent.
Sight fishing opportunities are rare though, as the salmon blend in with the packed lava sand bottom. If you are fortunate enough to hook a fish, aforementioned weeds and sharp lava bedrock stand at the ready to relieve you of your quarry.
A tradition on the Big Laxa is to use small flies on single or double hooks. The standard is size six, and many fish are taken on the eights and tens. It is almost all floating line fishing on the Laxa. Most of the pools on the Laxa can be fished by wading or from banks, though a few are fished from a boat using the classic drop-down method. Most beats are close to the lodge, no more than fifteen minutes' walk, and every angler has plenty of elbow room.
Favourable flies to carry are Black and Blue, Laxa Blue, Black Sheep, Sunray Shadow, Blue Doctor, Night Hawk, Crossfield and Frances. Mostly double hooks and varying sizes and shapes of tubes.
Anglers will fish beats provided by the Laxarfelag Angling Club which celebrates its 70 anniversary in 2010. It fishes 12 rods on the river, controlling the lower and upper salmon waters.
Freelance, experienced and English speaking guides can be provided.
Accommodation is in a large and comfortable lodge at Laxamyri with 12 twin bedded rooms, each with ensuite facility. Large sitting room, sauna and a comfortable dining area where gourmet meals are served.
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