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Iceland, West Ranga


World class fly fishing for atlantic salmon on West Ranga river in Iceland. The West Ranga is one of the most beautiful and prolific rivers in Europe.


The stability is why the West Rangá produces such high numbers of salmon per rod/day. It is never low. It is seldom if ever coloured due to flooding and heavy rains. West Ranga is located in southern part of Iceland about 85 km South-East from Reykjavik.


Every day the guide will take you to different fly fishing pools on the river West Ranga with great number of salmon that will ensure you an amazing fishing experience. We receive only small groups of fishermen at a time so you can be sure that any detail will be taken care of, just relax and enjoy your fishing. We have only 2 rods for one English-speaking guide who is expert on the river.

Number of rods fishing will be 12 -18 rods. West Ranga is fished in two daily 6-hour sessions; from 7:00 am to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Because of the lengthy fishing day, rod sharing is popular giving each angler 6 hours of daily fishing. On the West Ranga a popular feature is the ability to rod share, so two anglers can share one rod, but only one can fish at any one time. Rod sharing is an excellent way of reducing costs and making the trip even more cost-effective.

The river is divided into two-rod beats in a rotation that changes after lunch each day. All the pools on West Ranga are easily accessible by car and little walking is required. The West Ranga beat is 30 km long, consisting both banks.


For fly fishing for salmon on West Ranga we recommend 12-15 ‘ foot double handed rods for lines #8-11 and suitable fly reels with good quality brakes. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads are most used fly lines but please bring also medium sinking shooting head for possible high water conditions. If you bring your own gear it is mandatory to have it disinfected on arrival at Keflavík international airport.


Good flies for West Ranga are for example Frances, Black & Blue, Black Sheep, Snaelda, Sunray Shadow and Willie Gunn. Most salmon are caught on 1″ tubes.


You should bring warm and waterproof clothes since it can get wet and cold even in mid-summer when temperatures may drop down to 0° C, the average being between 8 and 15°. The temperature can rise over 20° C on warm summer days.


At West Ranga full service fishing lodge there are 18 newly built twin rooms with private bathrooms. The lounge, bar and dining room at the lodge have recently been refurnished and there is also sauna and jacuzzi in the lodge.


Fly fishing trips to Island, West Ranga will be arranged during the fishing season, ask for availability. Guests will take an interational flight to Reykjavik Keflavik airport.

  • Price: 1490-2750 eur/rod/day
  • Fly Fishing trip includes: Transports from Reykjavik to West Ranga, Accomodation, Meals, Fishing licenses, Guiding, Car Transports
  • Fly Fishing trip does not include: Flights to Reykjavik, Transport from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik, Gratuities, Liquors
  • Species: Salmon
  • Season: June 22. – October 20. prime time July 15. – August 30.

Iceland, West Ranga

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