FLY FISHING – ICELAND, THINGVALLAVATN
World class fly fishing for big trout and arctic char in the new Fishmaster destination – the Thingvallavatn Lake in Iceland. Fishmaster will arrange hosted fly fishing trips to the Thingvallavatn. In Thingvallavatn you can catch the fine arctic char and the massive ice age brown trout which can be found in specimens up to 15 kg/30 pounds. Jouni Rauha will travel with a fishing group as a host. Thingvallavatn is the most famous fishing lake in Iceland and one of the best fly fishing lakes in the country.
The Thingvallavatn Lake is located in the South of Iceland, about 45 km east of Reykjavik. Lake Thingvallavatn lies in a rift valley that extends south from the Langjökull glacier to mount Hengill, and from Botnssúlur in the west to Lyngdalsheiði in the east. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland, about 84 square kilometres, at an altitude of about 100 metres above sea level. The deepest part of the lake measures 114 metres. The greatest length of the lake is 14.5 km and its greatest width is 9.5 km. The lake’s catchments area is 90% underground and the water from thousands of cold springs has a constant temperature of 3-4°C the whole year round. The spring water is filtered through layers of the surrounding lava making Thingvallavatn gin clear and easy to spot fish. Three out of the five species of fresh water fish found in Iceland live in Thingvallavatn; brown trout, arctic char and the three spine stickleback.
Our group will fish on a good 2 km long private beat on the Lake Thingvallavatn. Only 4 rods are allowed to fish this beat at time. The best time to fish lake Thingvallavatn for the extremely large brown trout is in May and early June. In late June, July and August the brown trout tend to go out into the deeper waters making them harder to catch with a fly however these are the months the arctic char are getting active looking for food so the lake always has a chance to offer great fishing. The average size of the trout is around 3-4 kg and the average size of arctic char is about 1 kg.
Good flies are for Thingvallavatn Lake are example weighted streamers like Black Ghost Zonker, Black Ghost Sunburst Zonker, Super Tinsel, White Nobbler and Black Brahan – they are all flies that imitate the sticklebacks and arctic char in the lake.
FLY FISHING TACKLE
For fly fishing for trout and arctic char on Thingvallavatn we recommend 9-10′ single handed rod for lines 6-8 and suitable fly reels with good quality brakes and minimum of 200 meter strong backing. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads or WF lines are most used fly lines. It is mandatory to have your fishing gear disinfected on arrival at Keflavík international airport.
Accomodation for fishing group will be in a nice self catering cottage, close the fishing beat. In the cottage there are couple twin bedrooms, shower, toilet, well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable livingroom.
Hosted or unhosted Fishmaster fishing trip. Guests will take an interational flight to Reykjavik, Keflavik airport and continue with a rental car to Thingvallavatn lake. It is about one and half hour driving from airport to destination.
- Price: 2340 eur/person
- Trip length: 4 fishing days/5 nights in destination
- Group size: 1 host + 2-3 persons
- Fly Fishing trip includes: Accomodation, Fishing licenses, Car transports in Iceland
- Fly Fishing trip does not include: Flights to Reykjavik, Disinfection, Meals
- Species: Trout, Arctic Char
- Season: 20th April – 31st August
- Prime time: May for trout, Mid May to July for Arctic Char