Straumfjarðará

Straumfjarðará is found on the south coast of the Snaefells peninsula, about 40 km from Borgarnes. It has had some famous visitors in the past, including  John Ashley-Cooper and R.N. Stewart (who wrote Rivers of Iceland), both of whom enjoyed the experience.

 

The river drains an area of 221 km² and emerges from two lakes in the spine of hills that divide the Snaefells peninsula and flows for 16 km to the sea. There is fishing for four rods on approximately 12 km of river up to the Rjúkundi waterfall. A fish ladder was built at Dalfoss, another major waterfall on the upper river, in 2001 which allowed fish access as far as Rjúkundi.

 

A noteworthy fact is that a few years ago a hydroelectric plant was built at the very top of the river, well above the section passable to fish.  The dam’s  reservoir has stabilised the water flow to a certain extent as now the floods are less severe and there is more water in periods of drought.  This is one of the few cases where such a plant has really enhanced the fishing.

 

From Dalfoss down to the bridge carrying the main coast road the river is quite steep and rocky and most of the best fishing water is in this section. The river holds two other waterfalls, both passable, and a large junction pool. From the road bridge to the sea the ground flattens and the river becomes wider and shallower with less holding water. In all there are 27 named pools on the river.

 

The season runs from June to September with the best fishing from the first week of July to the middle of August. Fishing is by fly-only all season. The current five-year average is 426, including an impressive 785 in 2013.

 

The river is let with a lodge that is beautifully situated overlooking the middle river. There are five en-suite twin-bedded rooms, so each rod has a private room. The lodge is centrally heated and has an open fire in the lounge. Guests  are looked after by a cook who prepares all meals to a very high standard. There is also a drying room for waders and gear, and a sauna. Guides can be arranged if required.

 

Contact:

SVFR - Stangveiðifélag Reykjavíkur

Háaleitisbraut 68

103 Reykjavík

Phone (+354) 568 6050

Email: svfr@svfr.is

Website svfr.is

 

 

(Updated july  2018)


 

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jul. 4354
Jul. 11724
Jul. 181044
Jul. 251454
Aug. 12184
Aug. 82464
Aug. 152624
Aug. 222754
Aug. 292854
Sep. 53114
Sep. 123284
Sep. 193494

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2018349
2017352
2016348
2015494
2014316
2013785
2012238
2011405
2010355
200935070
200871872
2007410
2006502
2004475
2003379
2002342
2001191
2000198
1998297
1997226
1996269
1995315
1994253
1993260
1992233
1991308
1990267
1987161
1986378
1985327
1984215
1983360
1982350
1981437
1980320
1978648
1977466
1976433
1975755