Stóra Laxá Beat IV is the upper most beat of Stóra Laxá and is probably the most beautiful and the most challenging beat of the whole river. Here the river flows through rocky canyons as well as meandering through the plains. You will find calm pools as well as fast flowing ones, where the fly skates quickly past the salmon – agitating them beyond belief. Some of the pools in the canyons require tough walking and you‘ll need to be in fair shape to be able to fully enjoy this beat. But the rewards are great, when you find yourself casting your fly into the gin-clear waters in these canyons – you‘ll never forget it. And the salmon awaiting you are going to test your skills as an angler to the limit. This beat is not suited for the very young or elderly anglers, as the terrain can be rough, but is ideal for the adventurous angler who can appreciate some of the most beautiful landscape you‘ll ever see.

The boundaries of this beat are as follows: from the (and including) the pool Bláhylur and up to (and including) the Ármót pool, where the river Skillandsá converges with Stóra Laxá.  Beat IV is catch and release only.

Number of salmons caught per year in Stóra Laxá (all beats):


L1020881Location: South Iceland about 150 km from Reykjavik.

Fishing season: June 30th to September 30th.
Prime time: Beginning of July and August 15th – September 30th
Average catch:
Average size of fish: 7-8 lbs.
Fishing hours:
June 23rd –August 9th  07:00-13:00 & 16:00-22:00
August 10th – September 15th 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-21:00
Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11

Map: Stora Laxa IV