Dry-Fly Paradise

The Syðra-Fjall beat in the Big Laxa (Laxá in Aðaldal) river offers a unique opportunity to fish for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. The beat is 1.5 km (1 mile) long and includes the mouth of Eyvindarlækur river. The famous salmon beat Nes is adjacent to Syðra-Fjall. As part of the river is shallow, dry fly fishing can be excellent. When the weather is good and the hatch is on, one can have great luck fishing dry’s. The beat has two small islands, which can be very effective places to fish. There is good salmon fishing between the islands and at the mouth of Eyvindarlækur. The trout can also get as big as they are in the lower Big Laxa river: 2-3 lbs fish are very common and 4-6 lbs fish are not uncommon. Dry fly fishing and upstream nymphing are the most effective methods of fishing, but streamers and wet flies can also be effective.

Distance from Reykjavík: 460 km
Fishing season: 10 June - 10 September
Average size: Trout 4 pounds, Salmon 10 pounds
Number of rods: 2
Tackle: #4-8
Best flies: Streamers, nymphs and dry-flies
Access: 4x4
Accommodation: Several options



Photos from Syðra-Fjall