STORA LAXA

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Stóra Laxá holds a prestigious place in the heart of every Icelandic angler, it‘s quite simply the most beautiful river you will ever see. For decades this river has not been on the open market but reserved for local anglers –

2011 - 795 salmon
2010 - 760 salmon

The catches in Stora Lax-á are quite impressive and the numbers have been rising from year to year. The river is strictly a fly only river and as a conservation effort anglers are required to release most of their catches, it is permitted to keep one grilse for each rod per day. However all salmon over 70 cm in length are to be released.

It‘s a medium size river that originates in the southern highlands and joins the mighty Hvítá, near Tungfljót and Brúará. It winds it‘s way down to the lowlands through spectacular canyons and opens up on the lower beats, with breathtaking scenery wherever you look.

This river is the final stronghold of the multi-winter salmon in the southern part of Iceland. The salmon makes it‘s way up through the vast Hvítá/Ölfusá river system, the largest river system in Iceland, before reaching Stóra Laxá – far inland. The salmon in Stóra are not only big, they are exceptionally hard fighters and will give you a memorable fight – whether you will land them or not.

The river has been privately leased for local anglers for 50 years and the same anglers have „recharged their batteries“ on the banks of this river year after year, some of them for five decades - that‘s the kind of hold this river will get over you. The atmosphere and surroundings can only be described as magical, the river is as beautiful as they come and it really doesn‘t get any better.

For most anglers a single handed rod will suffice in Stóra, #7 – 9, but a double handed rod wil often come in handy, # 8 – 10. Floating lines and long (strong!) leaders and smaller flies during the summer – the riffling hitch goes beautifully here. As the summer starts to turn to autumn the flies get a little bigger and a little heavier. The best flies are; Black & Red Frances, the Snælda (german tail), Black & Blue, Green Butt, Sunray Shadow, the Krafla flies and various hitch tubes.

The river is divided into 4 beats, but beats 1 and 2 are sold together.

 

BEAT 1 AND 2

 

Stóra Laxá Beats 1&2 , the two lowest beats of the river holds 4 rods. Many of the best known pools in Stóra are within this beat. Access is very good and most pools are accessible by regular sedans or smaller 4x4 vehicles. The boundaries of the beat are as follows: From the convergence of Litla Laxá (Little Laxá) on the east bank, and the boundary of the property Iða on the west bank and up to (and including) the pool Rauðuskriður.

 

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The fishing cottage is spacious with 4 twin bedrooms. There are 8 duvets and pillows in the house and guests are reminded to bring bedding or sleeping bags with them. In the kitchen you can find all the basic appliancis, as well as a stove, oven, microwave and a big fridge with a small freezer compartment. Everything in the house is based on 8 people and no extra mattresses. Propane-grill and hot tub on the patio.

 

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Guests are reminded to take good care of the house and, throw all the garbage out to the container by the house and leave the house clean and tidy after your stay. 

Directions to the cottage : The cottage is about 100km from Reykjavik and is located by the farm Skarð. Highway 1 is driven through Selfoss and then turn left onto Skeiðaveg at a sign that says Flúðir road number 30. You drive Skeiðarvegur towards the Flúðir, but 400m before the bridge over Stóra Laxá you take a side road to the right. There is a sign that says Skarð. You keep driving towards the farm Skarð but then you take the first road to the left towards the river and drive along the river until you reach the lodge which is very visible from the road.

What you need with you: Bedding/sleeping bags, towels and soaps.

Visitation rules: Anglers can arrive at the lodge an hour before the fishing starts. Departure is an hour after the fishing ends. Always remember to leave the house clean and throw the garbage in the container oputsiede the cottage.

 

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BEAT 3

 

Stóra Laxá Beat III is the middle section of Stóra Laxá. It holds 2 rods comfortably and has plenty of space for each angler. It is a beat with great variety, rocky canyon pools as well as pools with lower banks and calm water. Pools such as Heljarþrem and Sveinssker can be found on this beat, both are very well known in the Icelandic angling community. The boundaries of this beat are as follows: from (and including) the pool Sveinssker and up to (and including) the pool Undirgangur

 

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The cottage at beat 3 is small and cosy with 2 twin bedrooms. There are 4 duvets and pillows in the house and guests are reminded to bring bedding or sleeping bags with them. The kitchen has all the basic appliances as well as a stove, oven, microwave and a fridge with a small freezer compartment. Everything in the house is based on 6 persons and there are no extra mattresses. Propane-grill and hot tub on the patio. Guests are reminded to take good care of the house and leave the house clean and tidy. Please remember to throw the garbage in the big container outside the house.

 

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Directions to the cottage  : The cottage is locted about 100km from Reykjavik. Highway 1 is driven through Selfoss and then you take a left turn into Skeiðaveg where there is a sign that says Flúðir and the road number is 30. You drive on Skeiðarvegur untill you reach Þjórsárdalvegur which is number 32. There you take a right turn, where a sign says Árnes. You drive along the river Þjórsá for about 9km and then you take a left turn onto a gravel road number 325, there you see a sign marked Ásaskóli. At that intersection there is a big blue sign which is good to look at, the fishing cottage is located by the farm Hlíð. You take a left turn from road 325 to road 326, there you drive towards the farm Hæli. When you reach that farm you drive on the left side below the farm and drive further until you reach the farm Hlíð . At Hlíð you drive through the farmyard –Please drive carefully through the farmyard as there can be children and animals there - and follow the gravel road to the cottage. Note that you do not see the river until you are very close to the cottage.

What you need with you : Bedding/sleeping bag, towels and soaps.

Visitors rules : Anglers can arrive at the house an hour before the fishing starts and at departure an hour after the fishing ends. Please remember to leave the house clean and tidy.

 

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BEAT 4

 

Stóra Laxá Beat IV is the upper most beat of Stóra Laxá and is probably the most beautiful and the most challenging beat of the whole river. Here the river flows through rocky canyons as well as meandering through the plains. You will find calm pools as well as fast flowing ones, where the fly skates quickly past the salmon – agitating them beyond belief. Some of the pools in the canyons require tough walking and you‘ll need to be in fair shape to be able to fully enjoy this beat. But the rewards are great, when you find yourself casting your fly into the gin-clear waters in these canyons, you'll never forget it. 

 

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The salmon awaiting you are going to test your skills as an angler to the limit. This beat is not suited for the very young or elderly anglers, as the terrain can be rough, but is ideal for the adventurous angler who can appreciate some of the most beautiful landscape you‘ll ever see. The boundaries of this beat are as follows: from the (and including) the pool Bláhylur and up to (and including) the Ármót pool, where the river Skillandsá converges with Stóra Laxá.

 

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The lodge was renovated in 2011 and has sleeping accommodation for 9 persons in 5 bedrooms. It comes with a hot tub and a Bar-B-Q on the veranda. In the renewal the sleeping accomodations were completely renovated as for the the kithcen and the living and dining room. The kitchen has all the basic appliances as well as a stove, oven, microwave and a fridge with a small freezer compartment. Guests are reminded to take good care of the house and leave the house clean and tidy. Please remember to throw the garbage in the big container outside the house.

 

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Directions to the fishing cottage in Stóra Laxá, beat 4 : The cottage is about 100km from Reykjavík. Highway 1 is driven through Selfoss and then you turn left onto Skeiðavegur where there is a sign that says Flúðir and the road number is 30. Skeiðavegur is driven to Þjórsárdalsvegur which is number 32, there you take a right turn and the sign there says Árnes. You drive along the river Þjórsá for about 9km and then you take a left turn onto a gravel road number 325 and there you see the sign Ásaskóli. At the next intersection the road 325 is driven further but the road turns to the right and you follow that road to road 329. When you get to road 329 you take a left turn and follow the signs that say Laxárdalur to the cottage which is in Laxárdalur.

What you need with you : Bedding/sleeping bag, towels and soaps.

Visitors rules : Anglers can arrive at the house an hour before the fishing starts and at departure an hour after the fishing ends. Please remember to leave the house clean and tidy.

 

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Last edited: 2013-04-26