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Jökla Fishery

Nice fish from tributary Kaldá which is near the lodgeNice fish from tributary Kaldá which is near the lodge

Jökla river system

The Jökla system lies just to the north of Egilsstaðir town and runs a 100 km course from the eastern slopes of the Vatnajokull glacier to the sea. This glacier river’s waters once had the greatest density of silt of any river in the land, but now runs clear for most of the summer thanks to the hydro electric dam that was built at the very top of the river in 2006.
With a lease on the river we are taking advantage of this window of clear water and building a fishery by boosting the natural stocks with a smolt releasing programme using fish bred from Jökla natives. Last season was only the sixth year of operation, and there is still a way to go, but already the catch is one the way up every year and we are learning more about the system.
Fish are being released into all the major tributaries throughout the system, but most of the effort is concentrated on the lower river which contains the three major tributaries and fisheries, these are Fossa, Laxa and Kalda. The Fögruhlíðará is a separate stream which runs parallel to the Jökla in the very lower reach of the valley. All have natural stocks of salmon, sea-run char and sea-trout are found in the latter.
There are numerous pools on the Jökla and our efforts have been focused mostly on the gorge section upstream of the bridge carrying Route 1 over the river and down the river from there. At the top of this stretch the river, only a couple of metres wide at this point, disappears down a fissure in the rock, and appears again in a bubbling cauldron about 30 metres downstream! But now a fish pass has been build to secure steady run of fish to the upper Jökla and for 2013 we will for first time be able to offer good fishing up there for both salmon and arctic char and at reasonably price!  And many pools have never been fished there yet so you might be the first to cast into some beautiful wader where nobody have been before!
The fishing on the tributaries is varied and gives a pleasant contrast to the daily rotation of beats. With over 50 km of water for 6-8 rods, as usual with our fishing, there is always a good choice of water. The short Fossa usually gives fish from the Foss pool and the long stretch that runs into the main river. On Laxa there are intimate pools strung out from the impassable foss all through the winding course to the Jökla and ideal for fishing with a single-hand rod. The Kalda is a longer and bigger river and contains longer pools than the other two tributaries. The scenery on the upper part of the river is quite beautiful. Finally the Fögruhlíðará has the character of a meadow stream and flows glassily through the pastures. Most of the salmon fishing is found in the upper half of the Fögruhlíðará river. 
This fishing offers great variety of both big pools as well as small stream in the tributariesThis fishing offers great variety of both big pools as well as small stream in the tributaries
This fishing offers great variety of both big pools as well as small stream in the tributaries
Last year saw catch nearly 400 salmon and some char and trout as well. So all things considered, and our fishing confined to the tributaries as well as main river Jökla for much of the season, this was an great total and many big fish as well.
General information
  • 2012 catch: 385 salmon
  • Season: 1 July to 30 September for salmon.
  • All fishing programmes begin in the afternoon session on the first day and end at 12:00 hrs on the last day. 
  • Number of rods: 6-8 for salmon plus 4 rods for char & trout mainly.
  • Price: From $900 per rod/per day full service with domestic flights, ground transfers, guide service and full board.
  • Popular flies: Red Frances, Frances Black, Frigg, Sunray Shadow, Black and Blue, Cascade.
  • Distance from Reykjavik: 660 km
  • Distance from Egilsstadir: 40 km
  • Flight time: Reykjavik to Egilsstadir 1 hour and then 25 min transfer to lodge
  • Drive time: 8-10 hours from Reykjavik
GOOSE SHOOTING: After 20 August goose shooting can be included in the Jökla package, and we have some very good shooting areas available close by.


Angling Service Strengir

Smárarimi 30

112 Reykjavík

Phone: (354) 660 6890

Fax: 31 848679026