140km west of Reykjavik


Season: 20 June - 20 September
Prime time: Mid July - mid August
Extent: 12km long river, double bank
Rods: 4, sold together
Guides: Available
Lodge: Full service, gourmet meals
Notes: Fly only, 6 salmon catch limit per rod/day, salmon greater than 70cm released

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Straumfjardara is the western most of a string of top flight rivers on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It is unique in that it is the only river in Iceland which fishes 3-4 rods yet offers full service accommodation in a superb lodge.

The river flows out of two lakes that are not far from the north coast of the peninsula. The upper part of the river is very steep until the Rjukandi waterfall, an impassible barrier, is reached. Below that, it is rocky, but with good pools for spawning by the heroic salmon which have surmounted an eighteen-foot foss (waterfall) or the lazy (or intelligent) ones using the salmon ladder.

Above this foss a medium-sized tributary joins the river. From the foss to the main road there is a stretch of very attractive water with many challenging pools. After which the river becomes wide, slow flowing and shallow, passing through wet, spongy land.

A second tributary joins in this section, which ends at a low foss about five feet high. Below that are several pools and 2km to the sea, with a few possible places where running salmon might pause. Also, this lower part gives good fishing for sea-run Arctic char early on in the season with sea trout later on.

Straumfjardara had a brilliant 2008 season and finished with a massive total of 718 salmon on the 3 to 4 daily rods, despite being hit by long draughts. Phenomenal runs were not to be denied and the fishing was superb throughout the season.

Single-handed rods, no. 6-8, are commonly used for salmon fishing with a floating line, but sinking tips in heavy water. For char, single-handed rods with a floating line no. 2-5, are recommended.

The most popular flies are hitch flies, Red and Black Frances, Blue Charm, Crossfield, Hairy Mary, the Icelandic Snaelda, Collie Dog, Green Highlander, Skroggur, Dimma, Stoat's Tail and Sunray Shadow. Average hook sizes are 8-16 with single, double or treble hooks.

English speaking and experienced guides can be provided at extra cost, one for every two rods. Rod sharing partners are more than welcome at no extra, except for the accommodation and food.

The accommodation included is in a full service luxury lodge featuring four double rooms (each with a private bathroom), a comfortable dining and sitting area, sauna and traditional three course gourmet meals.

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