Fly Fishing in Iceland

Is there anything I need to know about fly fishing in Iceland ?

I quite often get the question from my clients about which gear to use and if they can bring their trusty equipment along for the journey to fly fishing in Iceland.

The answer?

Well there is no simple answer to the first question as it depends a lot on the river and conditions. But the majority of rivers in Iceland are best suited for a single hander. The most popular option is the classic salmon size of a 7wt.

Most of the rivers in the country are what would be classified as small to medium, you would be surprised of how small some of them are and how little water the salmon really needs to make his way up towards his spawning grounds.

We do have a few rivers which would be classified as large such as East and West Ranga and Blanda. In those rivers a double hander is really the way to go 13-15 ft.  The larger rivers also require more commonly that you use a sink tip or a sink line to get that fly down to the fish. Especially the Rangas are very cold rivers so you need to fish deep and slow.

Rod Rental

We do rent out rods from Loop and Guideline but it is entirely possible for you to bring your own. But please note that the gear needs to be disinfected, either by a vet in your home country or you can have it done in the Keflavik airport for about 50 USD. You can also have the gear disinfected by a local vet but then he will need to fill out a form which can be found here: Veterinary Certificate

More information

Salmon fishing in Iceland is considered some of the best in the World. With over 200 rivers to choose from in all sizes you will be spoiled for choice. Most of the rivers in Iceland are gin clear and perfect for fly fishing.

More information about salmon fishing in Iceland can be found here,

Iceland is a paradise for trout fishing. In the country you can find several species of arctic char and also sea run arctic char. The Brown trout also comes in a few different sub species and then there is also the sea run version.

More information about trout fishing in Iceland can be found here,

Fly fishing in Iceland