Iceland, 5½ days


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A typical brown trout - Asger presents a typical Icelandic brown trout in a hail of mosquitoes.
A typical brown trout
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Almost intimidating - The sheer size of a trout water like the Laxá can be scaring. But the fishing is fairly easy and the number of fish endless.
Almost intimidating
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Angelica - The plant angelica was very widespread along the waters we fished - here at the Ytri Rangá. Beautiful and with a nice scent it added to the ambience of the already fascinating country.
Angelica
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as smooth as... - An amazing pool on the Litlá - a wide, slow and shallow stretch with some deeper runs. Fish were rising, probably to mosquitoes, which hatched in plenty numbers during calm periods.
as smooth as...
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Asger\'s last - The last brown trout from Laxá. Within minutes after this picture was taken, we were on the way to the airport in Akuayri.
Asger's last
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Asger\'s last - again - Another shot of Asger\'s last fish.
Asger's last - again
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Black Bead Nymph - A simple, small, black, beaded nymph was very efficient on smaller Icelandic fish. The larger ones were resting deeper, and craved something heavier.
Black Bead Nymph
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Black Frances - This incarnation of the Frances clearly shows its primary hallmark: the stripped down hackle stems in the rear of the fly.
Black Frances
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Bleiktogblatt - Bleika is the Icelandic name for Arctic Char, for which this lovely fly is meant. Pink and kingfisher combined with silver and teal... what a combo! The original has a brass bead for a head - i like the silver cone better.
Bleiktogblatt
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Bleka - Bleka is the Icelandic name for Arctic Char. martin caught this one on a nymph - topping off his Icelandic Grand Slam - sea trout, brown trowt and bleka in one day on the same water.
Bleka
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Brown - A nice Laxá Brown taken on a streamer.
Brown
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Buzzzzz...! - Mosquitoes can be a plague - even though our friend and guide Jon assured us that this was nothing!
Buzzzzz...!
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Cigar - Celebrating with a cigar on the bank of Litlá.
Cigar
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Click! - Martin snaps a picture of Asger and a fish with the grand backdrop of the the Laxá.
Click!
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Dirt! - Unfortunately we were plagued by weed in the water in both Litlá and Laxá. The drastically reduced our efficience, and we agreed on that fishing during a weedless period would have been beayond belief.
Dirt!
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Downstream - Larger fish will often be resting in the deeper parts below small falls like this one on the Litlaá. A deeply fished Woolly Bugger or Dog Nobbler can do wonders in such places.
Downstream
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Dry fly sneaker - Casting a dry fly to working trout from the bank. Dry fly seemed to be much less productive than streamers or nymphs. It may well be because we fished too large flies. The fish are probably mostly rising to mosquitoes, which will call for a size 20 or smaller fly.
Dry fly sneaker
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First try - Our first try for Icelandic sea trout. The guide was very surprised that we did not manage to hook up within a few casts. But even he could not entice the fish to bite.
First try
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Fishmobile - Arni Baldurson and employee Stefan of Angling Club Laxá passed by for a chat on the Litlá in their impressive fishmobile. Cars like this are a necessity if you want to be able to cover all waters in Iceland.
Fishmobile
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Gale force casting - Martin casting into the wind on Litla where he managed to land a good bunch of fish on a deep fished nymph.
Gale force casting
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Golden drops - The gang of three toasting in a glass of golden Scotch in the small cabin by Laxá. From the right it is Jón, Martin and Asger.
Golden drops
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Hooked - There was a deeper run in front of the small island opposite Martin where fish would willingly take a nymph.
Hooked
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In the rain again - Asger casting in the rain on the lower Laxá. The amount of dirt in the water and drops in the air almost made us give up. But as always on Iceland the weather changed rapidly and we had a swell evening.
In the rain again
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Just beaded! - The deeply fished bead head nymph proved to be as efficient in Iceland as on most other trout waters on the planet. Both large and small fish - like this one - took it with vigor.
Just beaded!
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Last evening - Our last evening on the Laxá turned out to be very beautiful indeed. And fish were working all over the wide river, chasing our flies and everything else that moved. A perfect time to pack in and leave...!
Last evening
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Litla rapid - Above were the small fish, below were the larger ones. We enjoyed both the fishing and the sight of this small Litla fall.
Litla rapid
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Litlaá - The Litlaá is a beautiful and very varying stream, which is further beautified by the magnificent sky over Iceland. And even though its name means \
Litlaá
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Mosquitoes! - The abundance of mosquitoes was amazing. These were harmless moquitoes that didn\'t do anything else than get in your ears, mouth, eyes and nose. Bad enough, but not too bad.
Mosquitoes!
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Nice brown - This was my first Iceland brown trout - a nice 50 centimeter or 20 inch fish that put up a very good fight before it wound up on the grass for a quick shot. It now swins the Litlaá again, waiting for my fly some other day.
Nice brown
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Nice sea trout - This was my second fish in Iceland - a sea trout. Somewhat more slender than its brown kindred and not amongst the really big ones of its own kind, this one probably measured a little less than 50 centimeters or 20 inches. It took a deep fished nymph.
Nice sea trout
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Nice sea trout about to be released - We released most of our fish during the Iceland trip.
Nice sea trout about to be released
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Rain and weed - The two curses of our trip: rain and weed. The first is unavoidable on Iceland, but the latter only occurs in the warmest and rainiest periods during the summer.
Rain and weed
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Red Frances - An odd fly if there ever was one, but very popular in Iceland. The fly is big and heavy.
Red Frances
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Red Snelda - A fly recommended by our friend Jon. It is also tied in black and often fished in teams of two - both tied on copper tubes!
Red Snelda
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Releasing - Jon releasing a small brown trout.
Releasing
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Removing dirt - Every cast meant removing dirt from the fly and knots on the leader - a task we soon grew very tired from.
Removing dirt
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Risers - In calm periods we would see planty fish rise on smooth surfaces like this. They were not easy - but neither impossible - to get to take a dry fly.
Risers
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Rods in place - Every move meant securing the rods on the rod holders on our grand Skoda Octavia four wheel drive. Make sure you bring those when fishing many waters.
Rods in place
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Room with a view - Who can complain about a place like this? Martin resting on the banks of Litlá.
Room with a view
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Saved by the fishing limo! - The rods are ready, the car is ready, we are ready! The Skoda four wheel drive gave us a smooth and safe ride.
Saved by the fishing limo!
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Varm - The guide was surprised that Martin didn\\\'t catch a fish in the first cast here, but no matter how much we tried we caught nothing in Varm.
Varm
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View - Stunning views are the trademark of Iceland and its flat top mountains are very charactersitic of many of those views.
View
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Ytri Rang - The Ytri Rang is a genuine, classical Icelandic salmon water with all the attractions that it needs: water, landscape and plenty salmon.
Ytri Rang