Iceland Fishing Guide

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Mýrarkvísl in Reykjahverfi

 Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Iceland, Mýrarkvísl boasts a unique blend of tranquility and excitement for anglers of all levels. This relatively small river is renowned for its abundant stock of brown trout, complemented by exhilarating runs of Atlantic salmon throughout the summer months.

Stretching through the plains of the Reykjaheiði plateau for its initial 15 kilometers, Mýrarkvísl offers the perfect setting for dry fly fishing. As the river winds its way through a captivating canyon, its power increases, providing anglers with the thrilling opportunity to spot their elusive targets. Finally, as the river meanders its way down the plains by Laxamýri and into the Laxá in Aðaldal, approximately 5 kilometers from the ocean, anglers encounter an environment rich in diversity and teeming with fishing prospects.

Whether you’re casting small flies across the plains, employing hitch flies, or engaging in sight fishing within the canyon pools, Mýrarkvísl promises an unforgettable experience. With the fishing season kicking off on April 1st for brown trout, anglers can expect to reel in impressive numbers, often averaging 10-15 catches a day during peak season.

While June sees the beginning of salmon runs, it’s July when the excitement truly peaks. As the salmon numbers surge, anglers are treated to an exhilarating fishing spectacle. The prime time for brown trout fishing extends from June 1st to July 20th, transitioning seamlessly into the salmon-focused months of August and September.

As autumn sets in, the larger brown trout become increasingly territorial, presenting anglers with ample opportunities to land impressive catches using salmon flies. Moreover, fishing permits for Mýrarkvísl also include access to Lake Langavatn and river Geitafellsá, providing anglers with additional options for exploration and adventure.

Lake Langavatn, in particular, offers a delightful setting for families, boasting a diverse range of fishing options, including fly, spin, or bait fishing for small arctic char and sizeable brown trout.

With its varied landscapes, abundant fish stocks, and unparalleled fishing experiences, Mýrarkvísl stands as a haven for anglers seeking the ultimate adventure in Icelandic fly fishing. So, pack your gear, immerse yourself in nature, and prepare for an unforgettable fishing expedition along the captivating waters of Mýrarkvísl.

How to Get There: To reach Mýrarkvísl from Reykjavík, embark on a scenic journey along Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1). Start by heading northeast on Route 1 towards Akureyri. Mýrarkvísl lies approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Akureyri. This route promises breathtaking views of Iceland’s rugged landscapes, ensuring an unforgettable road trip adventure. The drive typically takes around 5 to 6 hours. Alternatively, Icelandair offers multiple daily flights from Reykjavík to Akureyri, with a flight duration of about 40 minutes.

Season: Mýrarkvísl welcomes anglers from April 1st to September 24th. During this period, visitors can immerse themselves in the unparalleled fishing experiences that the river has to offer.

Prime Time: The prime time for fishing in Mýrarkvísl typically spans from early July to mid-August. During this period, anglers can expect optimal conditions for catching salmon, making it an ideal time to plan a fishing excursion to the river.

Rods: Mýrarkvísl allows for a total of 8 rods, providing ample opportunities for anglers to enjoy the river’s abundant fishing spots.

Fishing Time: Fishing sessions in Mýrarkvísl typically occur from 16:00 to 22:00. However, please note that the timing changes to 15:00 to 21:00 in August. Additionally, morning fishing sessions take place from 07:00 to 13:00, allowing anglers to make the most of their time on the river.

Recommended Flies: Anglers in Mýrarkvísl can enhance their fishing experience by using a variety of recommended flies, including Red Frances, Black Frances, Hairy Mary, Langa Fancy, Haugur, Sun Ray Shadow, Collie Dog, and most flies ranging in sizes 8-16. Hitch tubes and micro hitch are also recommended, especially when the water levels rise. Bringing along a few Frances tubes can prove beneficial as well.

Recommended Tackles: For optimal fishing performance, anglers are advised to utilize a single-handed rod paired with floating lines. These tackle choices are well-suited for the fishing conditions in Mýrarkvísl, ensuring a rewarding angling experience on the river.

Fishing Map: For a detailed map showcasing the best fishing spots in Mýrarkvísl, please click [here](insert link to fishing map if available).

This information serves as a comprehensive guide for anglers planning a fishing trip to Mýrarkvísl, offering valuable insights into the river’s accessibility, prime fishing times, recommended equipment, and more.

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Myrarkvisl fishing lodge

The Mýrarkvísl Lodge

Myrarkvisl fishing lodge is a comfortable newly built lodge with four double bedrooms each with floor heating and an ensuite bathroom. The lodge has a spacious living area with large windows facing the Myrarkvisl river itself. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is access to a barbeque outside on the deck. Enjoy the hot tub after a cold session on the river. We offer full catering options and if a group rents the whole lodge, they can also have it self catering.

Photos from salmon fishing on Mýrarkvísl!