Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing –Grimsa River– Iceland

The 'Queen' of Icelandic Salmon rivers. A prolific run of fish with outstanding scenery and lodging

Grimsa-the best of the beautiful stark Icelandic scenery
The Grimsa represents the best of the beautiful stark Icelandic scenery- Picture by Atli Harπarson

Grimsa

The Grimsa sits alongside the top rated and most spectacular of the Icelandic Salmon rivers. Medium sized and extremely scenic it is a prolific grilse river that sits amongst the top 10 salmon producing rivers in Iceland. Situated 100kms North of Reykjavik it is easily accessible and ideal for both ½ week and full week fishing trips.

The River & The Fishing

The Grimsa is a medium sized river with easily accessible pools. The fishable part of the river is 30 kms long with 60 named pools. Along with the other rivers on the West coast of Iceland it benefits from the earliest runs of fish. During June the lodge capacity is limited to 8 rods, increasing to 10 rods in July during the prime month by which time the salmon will have filled all the pools in the river system. Annual salmon catches over the season range from 1,200-1,800.

For the most part the river can be fished with a single-handed rod. Stealth and good presentation will always reward the angler with more opportunities. A switch rod or a short-double-handed rod can be an advantage on the days when it is windy or where back casts are awkward due to high banks and cliffs. There is a good run of Sea Trout from July onwards. The fishing is fly only and although anglers are welcome to take salmon catch and release is encouraged and widely practiced.

 

Colin with a Grimsa salmon below the Foss Catch & Release is encouraged but not obligatory
Colin with a Grimsa salmon below the Foss - Catch & Release is encouraged but not obligatory

The Lodging

Towering above the most productive pool on the river, the Laxfoss, guests are treated to a spectacular view of the fishing below which is rarely short of activity. Ernest Schwiebert, a notable architect from the USA was a passionate angler of the Grimsa as well as being a renowned angling author. His love and knowledge of the river led to his appointment as architect for the lodge and his time on the river provided the inspiration for the design. Large, comfortable and spacious it is an iconic building providing anglers with top quality lodging with excellent meals prepared by a professionally trained chef. Ensuite twin-bed rooms are standard with full rods having individual rooms as standard.

View of Grimsa lodge and Laxfoss Action below the lodge at the base of Grimsa Laxfoss
View of Grimsa lodge and Laxfoss - Action below the lodge at the base of Grimsa Laxfoss

Rod Sharing in Iceland

This is commonly practiced in Iceland and is a good way to not just keep the costs down but also to get the most out of the fishing. Having your partner spot the fish, guide your cast until it is covering the fish and then watching the salmon reacts and hopefully take the fly is an experience every angler should experience. Fishing hours in Iceland are long with 12 hrs of guiding each day. A shared rod need not be an agonising wait until your turn!

One angler spots from the clifftop whilst the other fishes One angler spots from the clifftop whilst the other fishes
One angler spots from the clifftop whilst the other fishes

Grimsa Guides & River Transport

Guests of the lodge fish with a guide shared between two rods. The Grimsa guides are knowledgeable and all speak fluent English. They will happily coach, spot or assist as required with all the special techniques particular to Icelandic salmon fishing. Transport is provided using the guide’s 4wd vehicle and good access is provided to almost every pool.

Grimsa Salmon Flies

Icelandic Salmon flies are typically smaller than those used elsewhere on account of the clarity of the water requiring much smaller sizes than would normally be used with sizes from 10-14 being standard although size 16 and smaller may be used in very low-water conditions. Favourite Grimsa & Icelandic Flies patterns are and can be found on Salar Flies

  • Black Francis
  • Red Francis
  • Langa Fancy
  • Sun Ray Shadow
  • Hairy Mairy
  • Collie Dog
  • Haugur
  • Arndilly Fancy

The Black Sheep - A little History of a Grimsa Classic

The Black Sheep was created by an Icelandic fly-tier Haraldur Stefansson on the Grimsa River in Iceland. The design of this salmon fly was based around two concepts. The first was to tie a fly that resembled a returning eel parr from the Sargasso Sea. The second was to produce a fly for some conservative American friends who declined to use tube flies so he wanted to design a fly pattern that resembled a tube fly without actually being one. His friend Joseph Hubert on seeing the fly (back in 1977) declared that it was like a ‘black sheep’ in the company of all other classic salmon flies and the name stuck!

Anyone booking a trip with WhereWiseMenFish will receive a £50 voucher that can be used to stock up with flies from www.SalarFlies.com

Typical 3 Day Fishing Itinerary

Typical Grimsa River Itinerary
Day Time Activity Remarks
Day 1   Arrive Keflavik Airport Overnight Reykavik
Day 2 AM 16.00-22.00 Transfer to Lodge
Afternoon Fishing Session
 
Day 3-4 07.00-13.00
13.30
16.00-22.00
Morning Session
Lunch
Evening Session
2 Full Days Fishing.
Timings can be varied to suit individual requirements
Day 5 07.00-13.00 Morning Session
Depart Lodge
International Flight
Transport will be arranged to collect guests from the lodge and transfer to international airport or overnight Reykjavik if required
Please Note: Fishing in Iceland is typically split into 3 day packages however varied length or split week trips with 3 days at one lodge followed by 3 days at another are quite common.

Best Time To Go

The season runs between 1 June and 30 September. The main run of salmon picks up from mid-June onwards with the prime weeks being from early July to early August.

Travel to Iceland

Guests typically fly into Keflavik International airport where they are collected and driven to a hotel in Reykjavik (45 mins). The following day at a pre-arranged time (around 1pm) you will be collected and driven to the lodge (1 hr 30). On departure guests can stay overnight in Reykjavik but it is usually possible to fly home following the morning fishing session.

Availability and Pricing for the 2014 Season

Season: The season runs from mid June until mid August.
Rate: Varies over the season - Rates and availability on application
Package Includes:
  • Three (x3) nights.
  • Three (x3) days fly-fishing.
  • Price includes accommodation at Langa Lodge (Nights in Reykjavik are excluded).
  • Includes transportation from Keflavik Airport.
  • All meals at the lodge.
Note: Price does not include gratuities. Lodge capacity is 10 guests

If you would like to know more about Laxa in Kjos, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell Stuart Justin Maxwell Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Office: +44 (0)845 603 1552
E-mail: justin@wherewisemenfish.com

 

 
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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to the Grimsa River, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942
justin@wherewisemenfish.com

United States Office:

US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 646 797 2945
info@wherewisemenfish.com

 

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