fly-fishing the Breiddalsa River takes you to one the best big Salmon rivers in Iceland. Located in the north-eastern corner of Iceland the Breiddalsa River is some six hundred and ten ilometres east of Reykjavik and produces huge Salmon with the largest fish landed being 28 lbs and a large number of fish exceeding 20 lbs each season. This river will produce 30 lbs Salmon in the near future. There is no other river in Iceland that can match the numbers of 2SW fish returning to the Breiddalsa river.
There is also excellent Brown Trout fishing on the upper and lower sections of the river, with the chance of a Sea Trout and Sea-Run Arctic Char. Altogether the Char and Trout beats are about twelve kilometres long which gives each rod approximately two kilometres of varied fishing space.
The fishing is done with six rods from 1st May to 1st July but only three from 1st July to 30th September. Average catches are around three hundred Char and three hundred Brown Trout with the average size being around 1 kg. When the Salmon season starts in July it is not uncommon for Trout anglers fishing the Trout beat to catch a Salmon. The prime time for the Brown Trout is early in the season and then again late in the season for Sea Trout. The prime time for the Char is May to late July.
Streamer patterns and midge imitations work well for the Trout and for the Char in the deep channels. In the estuary, small shrimp patterns work well along with streamer patterns.
We suggest 4-6# rods and we would also advise all anglers to bring along all the tackle they need for their trip. Layered clothing is recommended due to the nature of the changeable weather.