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– MIDFJARDARA –

RANKED AS THE THIRD BEST SALMON RIVER IN THE WHOLE OF ICELAND! GREAT LODGE AND GUIDE TEAM. BEAUTIFUL, CRYSTAL CLEAR RIVER THAT IS PERFECT FOR HITCH FISHING AND MORE FOR ATLANTIC SALMON.

Factfile

In the northern part of Iceland runs one of the finest salmon rivers you will find, the Miðfjarðará. A 115 km long river system that is based on four rivers; the main river is the Miðfjarðará, the Austurá, the Vesturá and the small Núpsá.

There are over 220 named pools on the whole system and we only fish with 6 – 10 rods depending on the time of the season. Anglers will have enough space to fish and the pools are well rested. The Miðfjarðará is well known for aggressive fish that most often tend to take surface flies, no matter the time of the season. 

Overview

The Miðfjarðará River is known in Iceland as ‘The Queen of the Rivers’. This stunning river with its gin clear water has over 200 named pools, and with only six to ten rods that rotate over five beats it is hard not to feel that you have this beautiful salmon river all to yourself.

The recently renovated lodge (Laxahvammur) on the Miðfjarðará is one of the oldest established lodges in Iceland and offers very comfortable accommodation overlooking the lower river meadows, a stone’s throw from the river. The food and service at the lodge is exceptional, as is the international guide team, which help make this the third best salmon river in the whole of Iceland!

The Midfjardara is a special river and experience for those who love fishing for Atlantic salmon, especially given the water clarity and the salmon’s willingness to react to surface techniques such as the hitch. 

Fishing

The Miðfjarðará River is a 115 km long river system that is based on four rivers; the main river being the Miðfjarðará, the Austurá, the Vesturá and the small Núpsá.

There are over 220 named pools on the whole system to explore and they only fish with 6 – 10 rods per day, depending on the time of the season. Anglers will have enough space to fish and the pools are well rested. The Miðfjarðará is well known for aggressive fish that most often tend to take surface flies, no matter the time of the season.

The Miðfjarðara is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland and is often ranked within the top three, with an average catch of around 3,300 salmon for the past  seven years. The 2015 season was unique in catches as they landed 6,000 salmon in the 99 day season.

Studies show that the Miðfjarðará has a growing number of parr in all the four rivers and a really healthy natural stock of salmon. There are no smolt releasing programmes and they intend to keep it that way.

The fishing on the Midfjardara is beautifully simple in terms of tackle. A single hander is all that’s needed along with a suitable floating line. 

accommodation and pricing

The recently renovated Laxahvammur Lodge, a stone’s throw from the Midfjardara River, is a spacious lodge with 10 single bases rooms that all have en-suite bathrooms. All full rods get a room each, but the room is shared (twin beds) when on a rod share basis.

There is a big lounge and dining area, a comfortable sitting area with a good variety of fishing books and magazines. At the lodge they have a good drying room for your fishing kit and waders. If you need to purchase some flies, they have a large selection of proven Icelandic salmon flies and tubes. Outside there are two verandas with a good view over the surrounding area, a jacuzzi and even a shower. For those who want to use their resting time to practice their golf swing, there are a couple of holes just outside the lodge.

For costs and availability please contact FishTravel, who will gladly assist you and advise you on the best time to visit. 

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