Svartá – NW Iceland

Svartá is an amazing 4 rod salmon river. It is located in North West Iceland above Blanda river.
Svartá is 25 km long, a fly only river with great number of good pools. It has a large number of loyal customers fishing there year after year. The Svartá river is one of the country’s best-kept angling secrets for Salmon. Situated in the northern highlands. The river offers over 25 km of gorgeous salmon fly water that is set in a magnificent scenery. Around every corner there is a new challenge. Fishing pressure has always been light as the river has never been marketed to foreign anglers. Average weight of the salmon is around 8 lbs. mark and they are caught up to 20 lbs. Make note that all salmon over 70 cm must be realeased.

Since Lax-á took over the river, we’ve turned into a fly-only river and we are now introducing a mandatory release of all salmon over 70 cm in length. Annual catches have been on a steady rise since we started these conservation efforts, in 2009 430 salmon were caught and in 2010 those numbers had climbed to 560 salmon – with the ratio of multi-winter salmon above 50%! We are certain that we will be seeing these figures rising even higher in the years to come.

Lax-a staff