General Information
For anglers looking to experience some of the best Atlantic Salmon fishing in the world, specifically swinging smaller flies and topwater surface patterns, Iceland offers a one-of-a-kind experience and will surpass the expectations of even the most experienced salmon anglers. The salmon rivers managed by Reykjavik Angling Club are focused on conservation efforts and opportunities to retain strong salmon runs for the future, so most rivers only offer a very limited number of rods available each day of the season. Yellow Dog and Reykjavik Angling Club will work with anglers to come up with the best river options and scenarios based on what you are looking to experience, the timing and seasonality, and your preferences for each angling package.

One big standout of the Icelandic fishery is the lesser-known, yet fantastic brown trout fishing opportunities that are also available throughout the summer season. Found throughout the northern regions of the island, Icelandic brown trout rival any renowned brown trout fishery in the world. We would equate the trout fishing habitat and the techniques used for fishing in Montana and throughout the Western U.S.  Anglers can expect a variety of different fishing scenarios for trophy browns, including great action with streamers, nymphs, and what may be the finest dry fly fishing found anywhere. While Iceland is not considered a “numbers-focused” trout fishery, the quality and size of the trout will have even the most seasoned trout anglers wondering when they can get back and experience the fishery again. Arctic Char and sea-run browns are also available on a number of the rivers operated by Reykjavik Angling Club.

With both trout and salmon fishing, anglers fish the “beat” system all throughout the country. This typically means that anglers and their guide are assigned a morning section and then a different afternoon section. The size of the beats is substantial, and there is plenty of water to fish during each session. This ensures a solitary, uncrowded angling experience on the most productive waters and productive runs in all of Iceland.

While some lodges do have a small variety of tackle and flies available for purchase on-site, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and tackle or purchase it upon arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland (there are a number of fantastic fly shops in the city that carry high-quality flies and gear). For equipment, 5 to 7-weight rods are considered ideal for trout fishing scenarios, with 6 to 8-weight rods more typical for Atlantic salmon. Floating lines for both trout and salmon are almost always used, but a light sink tip (150-200 grain) or interchangeable head can be used as well. Waders and non-felt boots are also a must for fishing in Iceland.