The Jökla was quite a revelation this season. Thanks to the work done on the fish ladder at the head of the big canyon, and the stable water conditions for most of the summer, the new water that opened up to us in the upper river proved to be a very exciting find. This year the new area was only used for about 20 days of experimental fishing, but still produced 60 salmon, including some fine specimens in the 15 to 20 lb range. See more (pdf) >>
FOR THIS EDITION we begin with news from the Jökla, for that is where the action is taking place on our east coast rivers. The catch is similar to last year at this time with over 230 fish landed. The main river is still producing most of the fish and 60% have been caught in pools above the fish pass in the canyon. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, this is the
area of river seeded with par since 2008.
WE BEGIN THIS update with the good news that the Jökla is coming to life now that the fish have finally arrived. It has been slow in the east and we have had to look on enviously while the rivers on the west coast have been hauling them out, but this is usually the case with the rivers here being a couple of weeks later with their season.
SINCE THE LAST newsletter in May, winter continued to linger into the early summer here on the east coast of Iceland. At the head of the Breiðdalsá valley the lake which forms the source of the river was still frozen over in mid-June. The surrounding mountain tops are still white and
there are good reserves lying packed in the corries. This should (hopefully) keep us going with water into August.
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