Víðidalsá

Víðidalsá is found on the north-west coast about 34 km south of Blönduós. The river is 200 km from Reykjavik and the journey time is  under three hours by car. There is a landing strip at Blönduós that can take light aircraft.

 

The river drains an area of 1,130 km², and it has a substantial tributary in the Fitjá. Between them they provide 50 km of fishing that contains 100 pools. Fishing is for 8 rods on four beats and the five-year average catch is 1,050.

 

The Víðidalsá and Fitjá flow through the grassland spread over a wide valley floor. The pools here are easily accessed by vehicle and little walking is required. The wading is easy and most pools are fished from gently sloping gravel banks where casts are made towards high grass banks on the far side. Areas of the upper Víðidalsá and Fitjá contain rocky and swift streams, flowing for some of the time through dramatic canyons and gorges. Access is a little more difficult in some places, but always well worth the effort for the sight fishing opportunities found in these crystal clear pools.

 

The most common tackle used on the Víðidalsá is single-hand rod, floating line and small flies. The riffle-hitch is regarded as the most effective method on the river.

 

The fishing season begins on 24 June and lasts until 15 September. The early weeks see fair numbers of large 2SW salmon which provide high quality sport. The main run of fish is in July and the prime time from around 10 July to 20 August. Most of the salmon weigh between 6 and 18 lbs, and each season produces fish of 20 lbs or over. Víðidalsá has always been renowned as a big fish river and the two largest salmon ever caught were 36 lbs and 32 lbs. The overall average weight is 10 lbs, which is said to be one of the highest in the country. Any fish of 70 cm or more must be released.

 

Each year the Víðidalsá also gives a prolific catch of mainly sea-run Arctic char from 1 lbs to 8 lbs, along with brown trout and sea-trout that average 4 lbs in weight and go up to 12 lbs. This fishing takes place on the lowest part of the river, before it flows into lake Hóp at the river mouth. The beat is let separately for two rods and produces over 1000 char each year, as well as salmon, brown trout and sea-trout. For details see the Trout section.

 

A full-board service is provided at the recently refurbished lodge. Accommodation comprises 12 twin-bed rooms with private bathroom. Meals are served in a spacious dining room and there is a cosy sitting room with log fire. Other facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, and a changing/drying room for waders, jackets, etc.

 

Contact:

Laxabakki ehf., Laugavegur 11, 110 Reykjavík.

Johann Hafnfjörd Rafnsson (sales manager). Mob: 864 5663.

E-mail: johann@vididalsa.is   www.vididalsa.is

 

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 21378
Jun. 28928
Jul. 51488
Jul. 122308
Jul. 193158
Jul. 263728
Aug. 24448
Aug. 94828
Aug. 165428
Aug. 235838
Aug. 306038
Sep. 66398
Sep. 136908
Sep. 207228
Sep. 277778
Sep. 287818

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2017781
20161137
20151626
2014692
2013909
2012325
2011747
20101254
20092019457
20081440240
2007714
2006663
20051732
20041745
2003588
2002887
2001581
2000644
19991089
19981081
1997691
1996783
1995981
1994580
19931342
19921473
1991667
1990604
1989924
19882023
19871563
19861541
1985713
1984625
19831082
19821132
19811392
19801423
19791948
19781851
19771792
19761238
19751140
19741051