If at salmon fishing you've always dreamed of abundance, you've to choose these rivers ! 1st and 2nd Icelandic rivers in term of catch number, the mass introduction realized for several decades has perfectly worked. During prime time, it's not uncommon that the 18 anglers in action on each of them, catch more than 200 salmon per days... These weeks are full booked from years to years and sold to indecent prices.
The end of season can offer some interesting opportunities. We could obtain a negociated rate for October. Of course, the weather will be more rigorous than August, but the river will be full of fish ! Located close to Reykjavik (95 km), the Rangas offers an intensive fishing, and nothing to spoil the fun, the luxury lodge will be available in self catering.
Wide and powerful, this is the perfect playground for speycasting. We recommend to use double handed rods between 13' and 15' for lines 9 to 11. Lovers of double traction can however use a 9,6' but not less than a line 8. Using sinking lines is very helpful. Flies must be a consistent mouthful, Black and Red Frances on tubes, Snaelda in different colors (blue works well), Collie Dog, Sunray Shadow... Average catch from 2006 to last summer 2012 is 12 300 salmon.
More than 15 years, the East Ranga was the most productive Icelandic river. She was caught very recently by her neighbor, the West Ranga. The East Ranga enjoys a very high quality lodge. Consisting of 8 houses, with very confortable individual bedroom, a spacious dinning room and a user friendly lounge of very high class. The outside hot tub facing the Hekla volcano come to complete this wonderful painting.
The 22 km course are divide in 8 beats which offer a wide pools variety. Salmon runs are very impressive in this river but mainly late and regular, which ensures some fresh fish during all the season. The 2SW salmon are steadily increasing, and +20lbs fish are now usual.
Location : South of Iceland, about 95 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 South towards Selfoss. Drive through Selfoss towards Hella. Drive through Hella towards Hvolsvöllur. A few hundred meters before Hvolsvöllur is a sign on your left hand side that says Eystri Rangá Veiðihús. Turn left at that sign and drive a few hundred meters and turn left where there is a fork on the road, then you see the lodge at your left hand side. The lodge is a complex, comprised of 8 buildings, combined with veranda.
Fishing season : June 24th to September 3rd.
Prime time : Mid July to September
Fishing hours : 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-21:00
Lodge : Self catering, private room with bathroom to each rod, living room, dining room, jacuzzi, wader drying room.
Tackle : Double handed rods 13 - 15', weight 9-11, sink tip lines recommended.
Best flies: East Rangá shares many common traits with West Rangá and Tungufljót : when it’s cold, it fishes better with tubes, ¼ - 1 inch. Sink tips are a must but sometimes smaller tubes and/or regular flies can be the most effective. The best flies for East Rangá are. Bismo (light tube - Local Fly) SunRay Shadow (1 inch) Snaelda (¼ - ½ inch) Black & Blue (½ inch, cone head) Collie Dog (½ - 1 inch) Pool Fly (local fly). Autumn fishing in West Rangá is the same as anywhere else in Iceland, on cold days the fly/tube needs to practically scrape the bottom. Same fly patterns apply as in summer fishing, just bring a little heavier selection.
When we're speaking about catch number, West Ranga is the queen of the rivers ! She became in 2008 the most prolific river of Iceland, with more of 15 000 salmon caught. During all the season, anglers have an average catch number of 16 salmon per day. Some days, the 14 rods have caught more than 400 salmon...
Grilses from West Ranga can reach 10 lbs and as her neighbor, +20lbs fish are usual, what does fishing even more attractive ! The rods number vary on the season between 14 to 20. Also located to the Hekla volcano, the West Ranga landscape is magnificient. Lodge has been renoved recently, bedrooms are spacious. The veranda overlooking one of the best pool allows you to admire some jumping salmon.
Location : South of Iceland, about 90 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 South towards Selfoss. Drive through Selfoss towards Hella. A few hundred meters before Hella there is a sign on your right that says Þykkvibær. Turn right at that sign and drive about 2 km and then you see the lodge at your left hand side. The lodge is located at the riverside; 3 cottages with 6 rooms each and a spacious sitting and dining room
Fishing season : June 24th to October 10th
Prime time : Mid July to September.
Number of rods : 24th July to 20th Oct : 20 rods
Fishing hours : September 15th – October 30th : 08:00-20:00
Lodge : self catering fishing lodge, sleeping accommodation in cottages connected to the main house with veranda. In the main house, an old and charming farm, is a dining room, a cozy sitting room and a bar. In the sitting room is a spectacular view over the Homepool.
Tackle : Double handed rods 13-15, weight 9-11, sink tip lines recommended.
Best flies: Similar to many large rivers, as long as your sink tip is fast sinking enough – there is no need to use too large or too heavy tubes as well. ¼ - 1 inch tubes are enough – with and without cones, regular flies can also do the trick. The best patterns for West Rangá usually include black and blue colors and silver ribbing. The best flies for West Rangá are: Black & Blue (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone) Collie Dog (¼ - 1 inch) German Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone) Black Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone) Blue Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone) Skógá, blue (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone) SunRay Shadow (½ - 2 inches) Autumn fishing in West Rangá is the same as anywhere else in Iceland, on cold days the fly/tube needs to practically scrape the bottom. Same fly patterns apply as in summer fishing, just bring a little heavier selection.
Last edited: 2013-04-26