Blanda

Blanda is the largest river in North-West Iceland and runs into the sea at the village of Blönduós, situated on the shore of Húnafjörður. It takes about three hours to drive from Reykjavik and is accessible by light aircraft using the local airstrip.

 

Blanda flows for 125 km from its source at the foot of the Hofsjökull glacier and drains an area of 2,370 km². Until a dam was built halfway down the river in the Auðkúluheiði area to form a reservoir, the river ran grey coloured all year. Now the glacial sediment has time to settle in the lake so the river runs much clearer from the start of the season until late summer in most years. The 60 km stretch from the dam to the sea is divided into four beats, which produce an average of 2,000 salmon per year (the majority come from the two lower beats). At the beginning of the season only the very lower section of the river is fished, by four rods, as the fish tend to hold below the rapids at the head of the canyon. By late June fish begin to run further upstream and the river is opened up to  a total of 13 rods.

 

Blanda is a large river with a width of 30 to 50 m and average depth of one to two metres. The pools in the lower section are large enough to be fished by rods on both banks. They also hold a lot of fish, so fishing tends to be concentrated in one or two areas. Further upstream the river runs through a wide valley and is often bordered by low hills that run down to the waters edge. The streams are broad and shallow and pools tend to be well spread out. Being quite a large river the Blanda is ideal for fishing with a double-hand rod and sink-tip or intermediate lines.

 

The water is divided into four beats, from Beat 1 at Blönduos to Beat 4 on the upper river.

    •       Beat 1 covers from the river mouth up to the canyon area at Blönduos. Beat 1 is fly-only, except on the Dammurinn pool, where worm may be used. There is a catch limit of 12 fish per rod, per day.

       •        Beat 2 is from upstream of the canyon up to the junction with Svartá. Fly and worm all season.

       •        Beat 3 (3 rods) and Beat 4 (2 rods) cover the river from the junction with Svartá up to the dam at Blöndulón. The upper water gets fresh fish during the summer but the best fishing usually occurs in late August and early September. Beat 3 may be fished with fly and worm all season, and Beat 4 is fly-only after 10 July, when the beat also becomes catch-and-release.

 

The season runs from 5 June to 20 September. Blanda offers some of the best early season fishing in Iceland. The catches are good at this time, as is the size of salmon and most fish are between 10 and 18 lbs.   Over the season the average weight is around 8 lbs. Throughout the season anglers are asked to release any large salmon.

 

 

Anglers fishing the lower river stay at the recently built lodge at Hólahvarf, which is situated on Beat 2. There are twelve en-suite rooms and the lodge is full-service. There is self-catering accommodation at Móberg for Beat 3, and at Eiðsstaðir for the rods on Beat 4.

 

NB. Rods fishing Beat 3 and 4 may be accommodated at Hólahvarf Lodge if rooms are available.

 

Contact:

Angling Club Lax-a, P.O. Box 3063, 123 Reykjavik, Iceland.

Tel: +354 557 6100.  Fax: +354 557 6107 or 6108.

Web: www.lax-a.net   E-mail:  info@lax-a.net

 

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 6184
Jun. 13524
Jun. 201184
Jun. 2717514
Jul. 429914
Jul. 1141714
Jul. 1851514
Jul. 2566814
Aug. 177114
Aug. 883214
Aug. 1584814
Aug. 2285314
Aug. 2985714
Sep. 586114
Sep. 1286610
Sep. 1987010
Sep. 2087010

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2018870
20171433
20162386
20154829
20141931
20132611
2012832
20112032
20102777
20092413
200898624
2008986
20071117
20061207
20051591
20041386
2003504
2002833
20011086
2000706
19991191
19981984
1997877
1996600
1995519
1994357
1993404
1992432
1991568
1990607
1989375
19871243
19861814
1985766
1984495
1983511
1982861
19811412
1980778
1979906
19782147
19771367
19761485
19752363
19741173