East Rangá is one of the best known salmon river in Iceland. It is located in the South of Iceland and between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvollur, in about 70 min drive from Reykjavik.
The river has been number one or two for the last 10 years in the number of salmon caught in Iceland. This has made East Rangá one of the most popular salmon river in Iceland. The beautiful river is fished with a double handed rod and is easily accessible for most anglers, no advanced wading is required.
East Rangá has a very loyal clientele who fish the river every year, but it is also quite popular among beginners, families and corporate groups. Fishing is on eight beats over a 22 km stretch of river offering a nice variety of waters and lots of space.
The river and its surroundings is beautiful and gives anglers energy and feeds their soul. Mountain Hekla, the legendary volcano, is in plain view and gives good energy to everyone around it.
Number of salmon caught per week
Location: South of Iceland, about 95 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 South towards Selfoss. Drive through Selfoss towards Hella. Drive through Hella towards Hvolsvöllur. A few hundred meters before Hvolsvöllur is a sign on your left hand side that says
Eystri Rangá Veiðihús. Turn left at that sign and drive a few hundred meters and turn left where there is a fork on the road, then you see the lodge at your left hand side. The lodge is a complex, comprised of 8 buildings, combined with veranda.
Fishing season: June 24th to September 3rd.
Prime time: July 10th to August 25th
Average catch: 5 year average 4867 (16 rods)
Average size of fish: 6-7 lbs.
Fishing hours: July 1st –September 3rd 08:00-13:00 & 15:00-20:00
Guide: One per two rods
Lodge: Full service lodge, 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.
Quota: 4 grilse (salmon under 70 cm) can be kept per rod each shift.
East Rangá is cold 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 East Rangá are; Bismo (light tube – Local Fly), Sun Ray Shadow (1 inch), Snaelda (¼ – ½ inch), Black & Blue (½ inch, cone head), Collie Dog (½ – 1 inch), Pool Fly (local fly), Frances cone tube (¼ – ½ inch, red, black) Friggi(¼ – ½ inch),
As in other rivers, late summer as temperature drops the tubes get bigger/heavier. The same patterns apply, just a little heavier.
In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rain-wear and a windcheater. Please check out the average temperature table here below. Chest waders and wading shoes. Nicer clothes to wear for dinner.
Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris and we intend to keep it that way.
There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.)
A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies. The process can also be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport.
The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for one fishing set is around 5.000 Icelandic kronas.
Flights There are many airlines that offer a scheduled flights to Iceland. Icelandic based airlines are: Icelandair, www.icelandair.is Wow Air, www.wow.is Documentation & Visas Citizens from the European Economic Area (comprising the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), US and Canada need only a passport valid for at least three months after the planned date of arrival to enter Iceland for up to three months.
Our lovely 770 sqm exclusive fishing lodge centrally located at the river offering a panoramic view of the spectacular snow-capped volcano Hekla. The lodge complex is comprised of 8 buildings, all combined with 1500 sqm veranda, Jacuzzi and sauna. Guests are accommodated in tastefully furnished double rooms with a private bath. One main building houses with the kitchen and spacious dining area where gourmet meals are served. The second main building houses a spacious living room with a full service bar. There are 18 double rooms with a private bathroom with a shower