Beat two in Blanda is over 23 kilometers long and is fished on both banks. It is fished with 4 – 6 rods and annual catches range from 150 to 400 salmon. Beat 2 is defined by its many long, calm pools that are ideal for fly fishing. Although sink tips and heavy tubes are the most effective tool here many anglers also try smaller flies on the floating line and even the riffling hitch with good results.
Number of salmons caught per year in river Blanda:
2007: 1117 – 2008: 986 – 2009: 2413 – 2010: 2777
2011: 2032 – 2012: 832 – 2013: 2611 – 2014: 1931
The beat is not known for the volume of salmon it yields each year but for the size and power of its salmon. Some seasons the fishing can be very good, up to 400 salmon in 50 – 60 days! The best time for fishing in beat 2 is from the beginning of July until the beginning of August.
Blanda is a glacial river and even though it has changed drastically, due to the hydro-electric power plant situated at the top of the river, the water is rarely gin-clear. But during June, July and the beginning of August the water is relatively clear. Most of the glacial silt sinks to the bottom of the reservoir before the water is channeled through the turbines at Blanda power station. This means that the visibility below the surface is measured in yards, so more than enough to fish. In mid- and late August the water usually becomes gradually darker until it becomes virtually unfishable. Even though most local anglers curse this every year, the side effect is that this way the river automatically protects its stock of salmon.
Other rivers near Blanda include Svartá, Laxá in Asum and Hallá – all within an hour’s drive (some of them just minutes away). An ideal combination would be with Svartá also known for big salmon. Blanda is an ideal destination for those who are looking for serious salmon fishing, both in regards to the size of each salmon and in regards to the quantity of salmon caught.
Location: North Iceland about 300 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 North towards Borgarnes. Drive through Borgarnes towards Blönduós. Drive through Blönduós towards Akureyri. About 20 km From Blönduós is a sign on your right hand side that says Blanda Hólahvarf Veiðihús. Turn right at that sign and drive a few hundred meters and you are there
Fishing season: June 20th to September 20th.
Prime time: July 10th to August 15th
Average catch: 6 year average 2502 (whole river)
Average size of fish: 7-8 lbs.
June 20th –August 9th 07:00-13:00 & 16:00-22:00
August 10th – September 20th 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-21:00
Guide: One per two rods (optional at extra cost)
Lodge: Old self-catering lodge with four double rooms, kitchen and a bbq. Anglers can stay in our Full service lodge Hólahvarf: private room with bathroom to each rod, living room, dining room, bar, jacuzzi, wader drying room.
Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11, sink tip lines recommended.
Best flies: Blanda is cold and murky and fishes best with tubes, ¼ – 1 inch, sink tips are a must but sometimes smaller tubes and/or regular flies can be the most effective. The best flies for Blanda are.
Bismo (light tube – Local Fly)
SunRay Shadow (1 inch)
Snaelda (¼ – ½ inch)
Black & Blue (½ inch, cone head)
Collie Dog (½ – 1 inch)
As in other autumn rivers, as temperature drops the tubes get bigger/heavier. The same patterns apply, just a little heavier.
Map: Blanda II Map