Laxá á Ásum

Travelling from Reykjavík to Blönduos the little Laxá á Ásum is sandwiched between the Vatnsdalsá, and Blanda and all three flow into the wide Húnaflói bay on the north west coast. The river is approximately 240 km from Reykjavik and takes under three hours to reach by car. The Blönduos airfield is but a few kilometres away to the north for those arriving by light aircraft.

 

It is a short river that flows over a 14 km course from a large deep lake in the mountains down to the sea. Two rods have the whole river to themselves and there are no specific beats. Where rods fish depends on the distribution of fish throughout the river, so pool rotation is agreed before fishing commences.

 

Laxá á Ásum has a fairly steep rate of descent to the sea which gives it a good flow. From the outflow of the lake Laxárvatn it runs fast and rough down the valley. Up there the pools are 10 to 15 metres wide. Then it comes onto the coastal plain for the last few kilometres to the sea and runs slower and smoother through rolling meadow land. Pools are mostly well defined and are all numbered. Not much wading is required as most pools can be covered from the bank. Access to the pools is good and most require little waking to get to.

 

The river is fly-only throughout the season and a single-hand rod for a 7 to 9 weight with a floating line will cover nearly all circumstances. Flies dressed on hook sizes 14 to 6 are best in the following patterns: Black & Blue, Laxa Blue, Black Sheep, Crosfield, Nighthawk and Red Frances.

 

Laxá á Ásum´s season is from 24 June to 11 September. The best weeks within this period are the last two weeks of July and the first week of August. June can provide some fine fishing for salmon in the  10 to 16 lbs range. The average weight for Laxá á Ásum fish is 6.5 lbs.

 

There is a new lodge at the river, situated near the Krókhylur pool on the lower river. There are four en-suite bedrooms, so even rod-sharers get their own room, and a dining room-cum-living room. There is also a kitchen and a rod room with dryers for waders. Outside is a hot pot in which to relax after a successful day on the river. For those who wish, Blönduós is a five-minute drive away where both hotels and restaurants can be found.

 

 

Contact:

Salmon Tails, Smaraflot 41, 210 Gardabae, Iceland.

Mob: (+354) 692 3554. E-mail:info@salmontails.com

 

 

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 20194
Jun. 27554
Jul. 4934
Jul. 111724

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
20171108
2016620
20151795
20141006
20131062
2012211
2011439
2010763
20091142
200850326
2007537
2006361
2005679
2004462
2003308
2002559
2001562
2000770
1999430
19981136
1997715
1996627
19951549
1994805
19931458
19921458
1991833
1990651
1989749
19881617
19871157
19861857
19851440
1984625
19831050
19821036
19811413
1980956
19791650
19781854
19771439
19751881
19741439