Skogafoss Waterfall, 150km east of Reykjavik


Season: 19 July - 30 September
Extent: 7km
Catches: 1,000+ char, 1560 salmon in 2008, 910 in 2009
Rods: 4
Guides: Available
Lodge: Self catering, sleeps 8-10
Notes: Fly & worm bait

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Skoga is medium volume river that empties into the Atlantic on the central south coast. Until in recent years it was mainly known for Skogafoss, an iconic tourist attraction in clear view from the Highway no.1. An imposing and beautiful falls, it now represents the final hurdle that the Atlantic salmon cannot outmanoeuver.

The topmost pool on the river is the deep pothole under the falls but it is a poor pool and anglers are beset there by tourists anyway.

However, below the foss pool one inviting looking pool takes over from another. They are primarily cut bank pools fished from gravel banks on the opposing banks. Just below the village of Skogar, the small tributary Kverna enters the main river. Kverna is an important river and many of the salmon hold in the junction pool.

Formerly Skoga was not a salmon river. It had a stock of sea trout and sea-run char, but there were no salmon except perhaps the odd lost fish looking for home. That all changed when the rivers manager, Mr Asgeir Asmundsson, started a smolt releasing scheme very much the same as rivers, particularly in the south, have been operating. The rivers in the south are generally colder than those in the west and north, yet the sea is warmer, thus providing a favorable place for smolts to eat and grow.

Asgeir has since been operating a growing smolt program and the returns and fishing in Skoga have been escalating to the point that a huge record catch was established during the 2008 season. A massive 1,560 salmon for four daily rods and the five year average around 600 salmon.

Skoga is one of Iceland's main late season rivers. It does not open up until early July and the fishing picks up gradually as the season goes on. Prime time would usually be from mid August until mid September but rainfalls and draughts can make these points of the season vary.

Skoga is a very popular river and has many regulars. The lodge is situated on the outskirts of the tiny village of Skogar, which sits just east of the river, above the main highway.

The comfortable self catering lodge includes a spacious living and dining room with TV, 2 WCs, seperate shower room, 4 double bedrooms sleeping 8 people + 2 portable rooms and has a fully equipped kitchen. On the veranda there are chairs, table and warm jacuzzi to relax in. Although it has a self catering facility the manager can arrange full service if required for a fixed price.

A superb combination of fishing both Skoga and Vatnsa with a total of 6 rods for 6 days is a very interesting option for a group of friends or family to consider.

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