Hrútafjarðará is an excellent 3 rod river in the north of Iceland known for its great salmon fishing. Catches have tended to be variable in the past, but our smolt-releasing work has made the river far more consistent. The average catch ranges between 400 and 600 (642 in 2009 - a new record), depending on water height during the summer. There is also the bonus of some excellent char fishing in the lower pools, and these fish often run to 4lb and 5lb, or more.
Hrúta has been very popular over the years and sold out well in advance. We do though have limited openings at the moment, very unusual, so please get back to us soon for information if interested to fish this excellent river.
The river is relatively small, making it the perfect stage for some fantastic sight fishing for salmon with single handed rods and small flies. Hitching is a very effective style of fishing on the Hrútafjarðará, a method considered by many as the most entertaining form of salmon fishing. Hrúta’s comfortable lodge is close is situated adjacent to the lower pools. The interior is recently refurbished and comprises four bedrooms, sitting room with nice fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, a drying room for waders, etc., and an extended veranda with a hot tub.
The river had one of the worst low wader conditions ever in 2012 season along with lack of grilse run resulting in 178 salmon, which is less than in many years, yet a good solid average weight since some very good size fish was landed. Like danish anglers Nils Jörgensen who had probably one of the best fishing days this season on his rod in late August, when he caught six big salmon mostly over 85 cm and up to 101cm! So all in all, still the adventures did happen in is this difficult season of 2012 . And to spice it up, cood number of sea char were landed, many of them 3 to 7 pounds. The river could quite easily produce far more big char, as most of anglers are actually bury chasing the salmon. Only reverting to the char pools when staring a blank day in the face!
- 2012 catch: 178 salmon, 106 char
- Season: 1 July to 30 Sept.
- Rods: 3
- Fishing is fly only for salmon and char. Salmon measuring 70 cm or more should be released carefully
- Price: From $1,200 per rod/per day including ground transfer, guide service and lodge full board
- Popular flies: Red Frances, Sunray Shadow, micro tubes, hitch tubes, Blue Charm, Collie Dog, Cascade
Travel: The river is under two hours’ drive from Reykjavik heading north on Route 1.