Laxá í Kjós

Laxá í Kjós is tucked away half way along the southern shore of the Hvaljörður (whale fjord), about 40 km from Reykjavik. Now that most of the traffic heading north or south along Route 1 goes through the tunnel underneath the head of the fjord, the Laxá í Kjós and its anglers are left in peace to enjoy the scenic, tranquil setting.

 

The river, including the tributary Bugða, drains an area of approximately 200 km² and has approximately 25 km of fishable water that contains over 80 named pools (70 pools on Laxá í Kjós, 13 on Bugða). This fishery takes 10 rods and is divided into  rotating beats. This river has always been popular with foreign anglers because it is a top river within easy reach of Reykjavik.

 

Laxá í Kjós is a medium sized river, never much wider than 25 m, except in the short stretch from the lower foss down to the sea. The spectacular waterfall Thorufoss sits about 20 km up from the river mouth and prevents salmon going any further upstream. The nine pools directly below the foss are mostly rested to give sanctuary to the salmon that reach them and only fished at the discretion of the head guide. The upper river is narrow and very rocky where fish must be approached carefully; the middle reaches flow gently through lush meadows and pools are long and smooth; then below the lodge it becomes quite wide, shallow and runs once more over rocky bed. The area between the foss and sea pool is a mass of ledges and full of holding pockets for newly arrived salmon. The Bugða is a narrow stream that flows from a lake and joins Laxá í Kjós on the south bank, opposite the fishing lodge. It's a rocky, tumbling piece of water that produces good number of fish from its nooks and crannies.

 

Fishing is with fly-only until 1 September and most of the river is easily covered with a 9 to 10-foot rod, floating line and small flies from size 14 to 6. Good patterns here are: Red Frances, Snaelda, Black Sheep, Hairy Mary, Silver Sheep, Blue Charm, Thingeyingur and Krafla.

 

The season opens on 19 June and closes on 22 September. The early weeks normally see a decent run of larger 2SW salmon,  followed by the main run of grilse in early July. The best time to fish at Laxá í Kjóss is normally from around 10 July to 7 August. The early fish can weigh between 9 and 16 lbs; the grilse are usually between 5 and 7 lbs. The river hosts a good run of sea-trout which can be up to 8 to 10 lbs. Fishing is sold for sea-trout only on the lower river in October.

 

For many years the local school was turned into a fishing lodge each summer and hosted many visiting anglers. This was replaced in 2007 with the superb, new purpose-built Laxá í Kjós Lodge on the same site overlooking the Klingenberg pool. The view from the dining room looks down river towards the foss near the river mouth and is quite spectacular. Each rod has its own en-suite room and there is a heated wader room for drying clothing and equipment. Two rods share a beat and are looked after by one guide with a 4WD vehicle. A guide is compulsory for visiting anglers and is charged separately.

 

Contact:

HREGGNASI - Angling Club

Sudurlandsbraut 18
108 Reykjavik
Iceland

Tel: +354 577 2230

 

Jon Thor Juliusson

Mobile +354 898 2230
E-mail: jon@hreggnasi.is

 

www.hreggnasi.is

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Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 20366
Jun. 27626
Jul. 41118
Jul. 112768

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2017860
2016601
20151383
2014605
20131281
2012533
2012525100
20111112
20101170
20091404
2008153019
2007875196
20061023264
20051312183
20041305323
20031457239
20021483421
2001916544
2000940394
19991171
19981198
1997985
1996629
1995866
1994683
19931103
19921053
19911328
19901370
19891819
19883422
1987933
19861043
1985871
19841273
19831545
1982927
19811290
1980950
19791508
19781648
19771677
19761973
19751901
19741270