Guided Fly Fishing Trips to Iceland
Guided Trips to Iceland
A few words about the BREIDDALSA river:
We all love Iceland for its intimacy, the clarity of the rivers, the way the fish rise so aggressively, the whole visual spectacle. There are however, some of us that might like everything to be exactly the same but just everything a bit bigger. Bigger mountains, bigger river and bigger fish. Well, Breiðdalsá answers that call in all departments. It is not crazy numbers of fish, but it really is everything we love about Iceland, just a bit bigger.
The river itself can be fished with a single-handed rod but is better with a light double. Some pools do require you to open your shoulders a bit and really let the line rip. The scenery is on a grand scale - a huge valley, with two main tributaries, which can be entered from the very top presenting stunning views, or from the coast road. The fish just are bigger. There are grilse and smaller salmon typical of Iceland but on Breiðdalsá one is justified to hope for or even expect decent numbers of fish in their teens and even twenties. They take a hell of a lot of landing but plenty are caught every season.
It Is our flagship operation.
It is a beautiful medium-size river on the east coast, close to the small village of Breiðdalsvík. It is fished by 6 to 8 rods on the main salmon beats and clients stay at what is arguably one of the most beautiful fishing lodge in the country. The Breiðdalsá Lodge is located on the lower river. It is a short flight from Reykjavik's domestic airport to the town of Egilsstadir on Iceland's east coast and then a drive of just over an hour.
The lodge is extremely comfortable with spacious rooms (one per rod/rod share), a large sitting room/dining room looking out over the river and the spectacular valley. Recent seasons have seen an annual catch of salmon ranging from 700 to 1.400, plus several hundred brown trout and sea-run Arctic char. However most of our guests don‘t just come to Breiðdalsá for the fishing. All this takes place in a valley of stunning beauty, which is hemmed in by lofty, craggy mountains. The river is very beautiful and versatile with different pools and characteristics so anglers need to adapt their style of fishing in almost every pool. We like to think the Breiðdalsá lodge has no peer in Iceland, so your really should come and see for yourself. Each rod has an en-suite room and access to the sauna and an outdoor hot tub with the most glorious view over the valley.
So why Breiðdalsá as an option in Iceland?
For some it might be the lure of the bigger fish but under typical Icelandic circumstances with a beautiful clear river and its tributaries. It might also be the price which is reasonable as the river is not stuffed full of grilse from bank to bank which can be the case with other rivers in Iceland. A third might simply be the majesty of the place and the wonderful crew who look after you; they will certainly bring you back after your first visit.....
1. Jökla 6-9 September ( 3 days) and then Breiddalsa 9-11 ( 2 days)
2. Breiddalsa 14-17 September (3 days) and then Jökla 17-19 (2 days)
3.Jökla 21-23 September ( 2 days) and then Breiddalsa 23-26 ( 3 days)
What is included in the price?
- Flight Reykjavik/Kevlavik to Egilsstadir and return
- Cars 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser 120 + Fuel
- All travel within Iceland
- Accommodation in the Jokla River Lodge and Breiddalsa River Lodge - Full Service!!!
- All meals - we have a chef just for us! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Fishing licenses for a Breiddalsa, Jokla river and tributes: Kalda, Laxa, Fossa & Foguhildara
- Possible fishing in Jokla 2 and Jokla 3 if they available on our days! NO EXTRA CHARGE!!
- Sauna and jacuzzi
Not included are:
- Disinfection costs fishing equipment
- Rental gear if required
- Alcoholic beverages
- Some Icelandic flies...you can buy from me...
Take along with you:
- Warm clothing that can be worn in layers (thermals, fleeces, windbreakers)
- Thermal underwear, specially for under your waders !
- Good rain jacket, warm hat, gloves
- Hiking boots, house shoes
- Swim trunks for Jacuzzi, towel
- Comfortable clothing for the evenings in the lodge
- Camera, GoPro
- Personal items.....
- 1-2 Rods, weight # 7-10 / 9-12 ft. and 14-15 ft.
- ev. 1 Rod weight # 5-6 for a small pools and good numbers of brownies and arctic chars! (Rods & Reels can be rented from me at the price of Euro 50 per week. In case of lost or forgot!)
If you'd like to rent your equipment, please let me know at the time of booking !
- Fly lines: ideally- 1x Floating + 1x Intermediate or sink-Tip
- Flies: any salmon flies, tube flies, double and treble hooks are allowed (You can buy quality flies tied by me when we are there).
- Tippet material 0.27 – 0.40 mm
- Chest waders – no hip waders or fishing boots !
- Good wading boots (rubber soles)
- Again- thermal underwear for inside your waders
- Polaroid glasses
- Day pack / Chest pack
- Fly tying stuff, if you wish.....
- Currency: Icelandic Kronar, Euros are accepted in most shops and restaurants. Same goes for all major credit cards.
- Electric: 220V, 2 prong plugs
- Disinfection: As a rule all fishing gear has to be disinfected when entering Iceland to avoid importing fish diseases. You may have this done at home (disinfection certificate required) or at the entry airport in Kevlavik. then you need to count a extra cost of Euros 40!
Our pricing is kept as low as possible and therefore prices will be given at time of enquiry.