Laxa in Dolum


160km west of Reykjavik


Season: 26 June - 25 September
Prime time: Mid July - late August
Extent: 26km long river, double bank
5 year average: 1,400 (1,880 in 2008; average 7lbs)
Rods: 6, preferably sold together
Guides: Included (one guide per two rods)
Lodge: Full service, gourmet meals
Notes: Voluntary catch & release

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This delicate river in the central west region of Iceland ranks among the best in the country with an average catch of nearly three salmon per rod per day.

Laxa in Dolum is a medium-sized river with a fair volume of water, flowing down a rocky bed with alternate pools and runs. This river is famed for its large stock of fish and several multi-winter salmon are caught every year. Many pools are deep and very clear like many Icelandic rivers, except on the forefront of a spate.

All the pools are easily accessible by car and anglers can get to the water with relative ease to fish it. Some of the strong holding pools are formed by a bend in the river, having fast broken water at the head, a turbulent middle section and a smooth tail.

Laxa in Dolum offers 26km of productive water. The lower beats flow smoothly through a wide isolated valley and are perfect for single-handed rods, floating lines and the riffling hitch. The upper river, however, has some narrower beats demanding a greater variety of techniques. Favoured flies include hitch tubes, Blue Charm, Collie Dog, Black and Blue, Black Sheep, Ally's Shrimp, Frances flies and tubes. Only fly fishing is allowed during most of the prime time period.

The river offers a nice mix of one- and two-winter salmon throughout the season, making it a very popular river with both local and visiting anglers. In fact few rivers in the west and sout-west of Iceland have a better ratio of multi-winter salmon and most years salmon exceeding 20 pounds are caught.

Experienced, English speaking guides are provided - one for every two rods - as well as 4WD vehicles. Rod sharing partners are welcomed at no extra charge except for food and accommodation.

Accommodation in a full service, comfortable lodge featuring six double rooms (each with a private bathroom), a comfortable dining and sitting area, sauna and the customary, three course gourmet meal.

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