Astove, Seychelles - amended trip dates

July 24th, 2014

Following up on my previous post regarding Astove, please be aware that the trip dates have changed from Tuesday/Tuesday to Monday/Monday.  New dates have been included below for you.

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Amended dates (24/7) for Astove February/ March 2015 are now as follows:

9 - 16 February 2015  (fully booked)
16 - 23 February 2015  (we have two rods remaining)
23 February - 2 March 2015 
2 - 9 March 2015 
9 - 16 March 2015
16 - 23 March 2015  
23 - 30 March 2015 
 30 March - 6 April 2015 
 6 - 13 April 2015 
 13 - 20 April 2015

In past years, Cosmoledo Atoll has become known as the best GT fishery in the world but few know of our well kept secret. A stones throw away from Cosmoledo lies the small but ultimate saltwater flats destination called Astove, which is where we have always caught all our really big GT’s and lots of them. Its shallow lagoon with one small entrance that is surrounded by sheer drop-offs teeming with fish makes it the best and wildest fly fishing destination on this planet. The fishing for GT’s has been so good in recent times that anglers have caught over 40 in a session. Not only does Astove have lots of big GT’s but also Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin. It is a world filled with colour, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes, a rare exclusive opportunity and privilege to gaze into a world which has changed very little in the years that have passed. The difficult anchorage due to a sheer wall that drops off to over a 1000 meters with in a few hundred meters from shore has meant that our visits have been limited in the past.

Now that the Astove runway is complete and the new Astove lodge will be completed by February 2015, 6 lucky anglers per week will have this atoll all to themselves while staying on terra firma. The group will spend 7 nights in our lodge and have 6 and a half full days fly fishing and exploring this remote atoll. Teams will comprise of 2 anglers and 1 guide fishing either from a skiff or on foot depending on the chosen fishing area and tide. The accommodation is rustic but comfortable, comprising of 6 en-suite single occupancy bedrooms.

Its exclusive and there will only be 10 weeks so don’t miss out:

Fly fishing package rate USD 14,950, ex Mahe,

The cost includes non alcoholic drinks but excludes the park fee of USD 175

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 22nd July 2014

July 22nd, 2014

The grilse runs along the west coast of Iceland are finally beginning to pick-up. However without sounding like a scratched record the majority of the rivers continue to run high, cold and clear due to the consistent rain that they have had. The north and east of Iceland has seen a more settled period of warm dry weather which has resulted in some great fishing.

The Grimsá has had tough fishing conditions as it has gone up again and fish are struggling to get over the falls. Some of our clients fishing there last week did report hooking some very large salmon up to 20 lbs, but struggling to hold on to them in the strong current, although the battles stories will be remembered for some time to come. There has been a big influx of fish into the lower system in the last few days and we are hoping that if it stops raining then the river will drop and allow them access into the upper valley.

The Laxá I Kjos has been experiencing very similar fishing conditions, although more fish have been appearing in the lower stretches. It is still way above normal water heights for this time of year, but the guides there too are reporting seeing some very large salmon including one monster in the Laxfoss which they reckon is well over 20 lbs and maybe the largest seen on Laxá I Kjos in many years.

Laxá I Asum in the North West continues to lead the way for Icelandic grilse rivers with 17-24 fish landed on a daily basis between two rods. The high water and powerful fish are seeing some fish lost during long battles. The total catch for Laxá I Asum this year is up to 201 fish, this is 21 more than the same time last year.

The Langá is at last seeing 30 to 40 fresh fish passing through the counter each day with a good spread of grilse throughout the river. The high and cold water though is slowing the fishing down comparatively to recent years. We are hoping that with a couple of days of sunshine the river temperature and fishing will heat up.

Laxá I Adaldal is continuing as the big fish river of Iceland, warm temperatures and steady flows have provided anglers with consistent fishing. There have been numerous salmon in the 90 – 110 cm range caught and yesterday produced seven fish between 16 – 20 lbs, and one of our clients had the fish above at the end of last week which was a cracker. If you are thinking of a last minute break and going to join in then some rods have opened up in 6 – 9 & 9 – 12 and 12 - 15 August this year at a reduced price of £1,870 per rod ex flights.

Midfjardará has continued to produce some excellent fishing for fresh and powerful salmon. As of the 17th July 340 fish had been landed and the grilse are now beginning to run. The first 300 fish were as follows:
under 70 cm - 63 fish
70 - 80 cm - 42 fish
80 - 90 cm - 174 fish
90 - 100 cm - 17 fish
100 cm - 4 fish

The trout fishing has seen conditions steadily improve with a prolonged settled period over Myvatnssveit and Laxardal. The midges (non-biting) and bibios can be seen up and down the river and the trout are rising regularly. There has been a notable increase in trout over 60 cm landed this year (and many lost) but also some smaller fish showing up on the Laxardal beats which is a good sign for future years. We have had groups fishing at both lodges and many of the anglers have encountered their biggest wild brown trout and all on dry flies.

There are still a few last slots available so if you would be interested in further details or an itinerary then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace 2014 - Review

July 22nd, 2014

The Game Fair has developed over the years into somewhat of a phenomenon and this year was no exception. Blenheim Palace is always one of our favourite venues, although the weather was a little unpredictable. Friday was one of the hottest days on record with nigh on tropical heat followed by thunderstorms and when the day was done we felt like we had spent a day on the flats. This year we had our whole team on the stand including our consultant Gordon Richmond and also Lutz Schepers who will heading up our new German office.

As always Friday was busy for us as it is normally the day that most clients chose to come and see us ahead of the Saturday rush and take the opportunity to sit down and plan their next trip. It is always such a pleasure to meet friends and clients face to face, chat to them about this years experiences and discuss what is new on the horizon. A couple of groups that travel with is also came en mass for some hearty banter and stories of fish caught and lost. Charlotte was kept very busy with Seychelles enquires and bumping into many of her groups who had been down there this year.

The following day dawned a little grey and wet, although it warmed up quite rapidly. The day was punctuated by the odd sudden down pour and I think some decided to skip it and come the following day. Nevertheless we found ourselves consistently busy through out the day, Peter’s casting demonstration on “destination casting tips” was very well attended on the grand stand.

To top it all off Alex was awarded the honour of being an ambassador to Angling by the Angling Trust. Well done Alex!

Both Steff and Alex gave some great demonstrations of some of their patterns on the vice, and Amy also tried her hand.

To finish off the show in style Charles Jardine, who has just got back from hosting our groups in Iceland with Alex, was awarded the Arthur Ogelsby trophy for a lifetime contribution to the sport of fishing. Congratulations Charles!

Unusually Sunday ended up being our busiest day. In Game Fairs gone by Sunday is normally the day that families come and enjoy the sights, so it is not normally so busy for us. Not this year, we found the whole team occupied until well in the afternoon. We would like to thank the organisers as always and all those that took the time to come and see us, we look forward to planning your next trip.

“The Secret Is Out” The New Astove Island Lodge, Seychelles

July 16th, 2014

Following up on my previous post regarding Astove, please be aware that the trip dates have changed from Tuesday/Tuesday to Monday/Monday.  New dates have been included below for you.

We have been waiting and watching for this and am delighted to have below the most recent update from Keith Rose-Innes regarding Astove and the new, small 6 bedroom lodge that he is having built there.  The season will be short, with only 10 weeks, so please get in touch as space will fill quickly.

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Amended dates (24/7) for Astove February/ March 2015 are now as follows:

9 - 16 February 2015  (fully booked)
16 - 23 February 2015  (we have two rods remaining)
23 February - 2 March 2015 
2 - 9 March 2015 
9 - 16 March 2015
16 - 23 March 2015  
23 - 30 March 2015 
 30 March - 6 April 2015 
 6 - 13 April 2015 
 13 - 20 April 2015

In past years, Cosmoledo Atoll has become known as the best GT fishery in the world but few know of our well kept secret. A stones throw away from Cosmoledo lies the small but ultimate saltwater flats destination called Astove, which is where we have always caught all our really big GT’s and lots of them. Its shallow lagoon with one small entrance that is surrounded by sheer drop-offs teeming with fish makes it the best and wildest fly fishing destination on this planet. The fishing for GT’s has been so good in recent times that anglers have caught over 40 in a session. Not only does Astove have lots of big GT’s but also Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin. It is a world filled with colour, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes, a rare exclusive opportunity and privilege to gaze into a world which has changed very little in the years that have passed. The difficult anchorage due to a sheer wall that drops off to over a 1000 meters with in a few hundred meters from shore has meant that our visits have been limited in the past.

Now that the Astove runway is complete and the new Astove lodge will be completed by February 2015, 6 lucky anglers per week will have this atoll all to themselves while staying on terra firma. The group will spend 7 nights in our lodge and have 6 and a half full days fly fishing and exploring this remote atoll. Teams will comprise of 2 anglers and 1 guide fishing either from a skiff or on foot depending on the chosen fishing area and tide. The accommodation is rustic but comfortable, comprising of 6 en-suite single occupancy bedrooms.

Its exclusive and there will only be 10 weeks so don’t miss out:

Fly fishing package rate USD 14,950, ex Mahe,

The cost includes non alcoholic drinks but excludes the park fee of USD 175

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 15th July 2014

July 15th, 2014

The conditions in Iceland over the course of last week have continued to improve with a few patches of sunshine appearing across the country. The west coast still has high rivers, but many of them have dropped to more manageable levels. The grilse run is still not firing on all cylinders yet on some of the rivers, but is on others which is a little unusual. The north coast is still seeing some massive fish being caught and we are seeing some good fish coming off the east coast rivers now. We are just approaching the highest spring tide of the year which we hope will push more fish in.

The Laxá I Kjos had a slow start to last week with high water again, but still the larger fish have been heading up river. Some excellent specimens have been landed, and as of yesterday there are reports of a large run of fish moving into to the river off the high tides. One of the guides reported seeing over 100 fish in Laxfoss yesterday so numbers of fish caught will start to rise as they distribute up the river. What is interesting is there are good numbers of large sea trout already in the meadows which is a few weeks earlier than normal. We are hopeful that fishing will improve dramatically over the coming week.

The Grimsá has continued to improve with the arrival the grilse run and larger number of fish in the river. Fish can be seen hurling themselves at the falls as fishermen have breakfast. After more rain the river is still very large, but the continued catches of large multi sea winter fish has kept everyone in good spirits. What has been very noticeable is that fish are not being caught in usual lies as the high water is pushing them into strange new spots.

The Langá has continued to struggle over the last week with a cold high river slowing the run down. We are just approaching the highest spring tide of the year though, so hopes are the run will begin in earnest shortly.

The Midfjardará are still having a lot of water coming down the river course but the fishing has good, especially on the size of fish. 21 salmon landed yesterday and the 3rd 100 cm fish of the season was landed with a couple over 90 cm. The majority of the fish are now 80 - 90 cm.

The Laxá I Asum has continued to improve with more fish pushing into the river. They have landed 149 salmon to the two rods so far this summer. Last week alone produced 88 salmon landed so fishing is starting to increase significantly after the rather slow start. At the same time last year 187 salmon had been landed so Laxá I Asum looks on course to continue producing the consistent catch returns as last year. Dulsar, seen on the photo by Kristján Friðriksson, has been one of the best pools this week. The annual runs have nearly reached full speed and they are reporting salmon in every pool in the river now. The water is still high, but clear and approximately 9 - 10°C. The hitched micro Sunray Shadow has been top fly and most fish are still being hooked on the surface.

The Nes beats on the Laxá I Adaldal in the North has continued in the same vain with some really good sized fish being caught. It has warmed up significantly with air temperatures hovering at 16°C. Fishing on the Nes beat has been fantastic so far. Hermóður Hilmarsson has had some big ones, including this 101 cm salmon on a hitch in Holmavadsstifla pool. So far 131 fish have been landed on the Laxá I Adaldal and we are still seeing an average of 14 – 16 lbs in weight. Best flies have continued to be Sunray Shadows and traditional patterns for Ness such as the Night Hawk and the Randy Candy. If you are thinking of a last minute break and going to join in then some rods have opened up in 6 – 9 August this year at a reduced price of £1,870 per rod ex flights.

After a great opening Svalbardsá had over 37 fish in the last five days to two rods. All of these have been big bars of silver with only four grilse caught. There is still a huge amount of water coming down the river and with the colder conditions fishing has been quite tough, but this river is really showing its true colours and quality of fishing. The season is mirroring the 2010 season which was the best ever.

Alex is currently on the Laxardal beats and reports that they have had good weather for the past six days. Bibios can now be seen flying over the tall grasses. Most of the fish have been caught on dries, typically various sized hopper patterns. Fish are noticeably bigger with several 6 lbs plus landed. They are looking forward to a good finish to the week with rising fish being seen through many of the pools.

Indian Ocean: space roundup for 2014 / 2015

July 14th, 2014

As normal, space chops and changes so I wanted keep you up to date on what is currently available in the Indian Ocean. 

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

ALPHONSE .. species diversity coupled with very comfortable accommodation, Alphonse ticks all the boxes for the travelling saltwater flyfisherman

1-8 October 2014 (Wed/Wed) x 10 rods
8-15 October 2014 (Wed/Wed) x 2 rods
6-13 December 2014 x 1 rod
13-20 December 2014 x 8 rods
20-27 December 2014 x 2 rods
27 December – 3 January 2014 x 4 rods
3-10 January 2015 x 6 rods
10-17 January 2015 x 10 rods
24-31 January 2015 x 4 rods
31 January – 7 February 2015 x 2 rods
4-11 April 2015 x 1 rods
25 April – 2 May 2015 x 10 rods

ASTOVE … they say the best things come in small packages and Astove has all the makings of being GT central with space at the new six bed lodge filling very quickly.

3-10 March 2015 x 2 rods
10-17 March 2015 x 4 rods

COSMOLEDO .. extreme saltwater fishing with the focus on GTs, for the remainder of this season, it remains a liveaboard operation and we wait to see what Astove brings to the table in 2015.

14-22 November 2014 x 1 rod
29 November – 6 December 2014 x 2 rods

ST BRANDONS .. pristine flats that are home to permit, big bones and smaller numbers of big GTs, St Brandons remains a liveaboard operation. Nothing this good, is going to be quick to get to but it has to be on your bucket list.

10 – 19 October 2014 x 5 rods
1-10 November 2014 x 2 rods
8-17 December 2014 x 6 rods

31 March - 9 April 2015 x 6 rods
22 April - 1 May 2015 x 2 rods
16-25 May 2015 x 8 rods
27 May - 5 June 2015 x 8 rods

FARQUHAR .. challenge yourself against the atolls unique bumphead parrotfish as well as the GTs.  With simple accommodation, Farquhar is all about the fishing.

8-15 October 2014 x 6 rods
22-29 October 2014 x 4 rods
5 -12 November 2014 x 5 rods

1-8 April 2015 x 10 rods
8-15 April 2015 x 10 rods
15-22 April 2015 x 3 rods
29 April - 6 May 2015 x 10 rods

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

New flight options for the Seychelles

July 7th, 2014

Last year I heard the first rumours that a new Seychelles airline was in the pipeline, offering direct flights from Europe to Mahe.  News has been sparse since then but we recently received confirmation that the formal application for the proposed “Seychelles Airlines” has been submitted and accepted.  We wait to receive more details of the routes as another direct flight from mainland Europe or the UK is hugely anticipated.

 

Currently only Condor, flying once a week from Frankfurt, have a truly direct flight although on 1st July, Air Seychelles, in conjunction with its code share partner, Etihad, initiated their twice weekly ‘direct’ flight from Paris. Be aware that the flight does touch down in Abu Dhabi.  The flight arrival into Mahe at 1255 is too late to connect with some of the smaller inter-island flights but it is fine if you are heading to Praslin or Desroches or having a night or two to explore the Mahe itself.

 

We shall wait and see what Seychelles Airlines brings to the table but in the meantime, below are the two most recent press releases in relation to flights to Seychelles from Europe.

 

Seychelles Airlines submits formal application for air operator license
After some 37 years that Seychelles has had one national airline, Air Seychelles, flying the archipelago’s name through the skies across the Indian Ocean to the African, European and Asian continents, a second airline bearing the Seychelles name has applied to the aviation authorities to start flying in the near future.  A private venture in the making for a little over a year, the ‘Seychelles Airlines’ submitted on Friday June 20 its formal application and all necessary documentations to the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) for an Air Operator Certificate. Once this certificate is granted the new airline will be able to move on to apply for an Air Transport Licence from the Seychelles Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport. Responding to SNA’s inquiry on the process to obtain an Air Operator Certificate, the CEO of Seychelles Aviation Authority, Gilbert Faure, said there are several steps involved and that he cannot specify exactly how long this will take.

In a press statement, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Airlines, Ahmed Afif said “in the meantime Seychelles Airlines is putting in place all other aviation components to be ready for flight operations soon after obtaining its Air Transport License.”  In a recent interview with SNA, Afif said the new airline is on track to start flying in the second half of this year as long as the processing of all these licences is done in ‘a timely manner.’ He added that while the setting up of the airline is a challenging and complex venture, so far they’ve not come across any obstacles and has expressed appreciation for the continued support and encouragement from the various ministries, government agencies, actors in the tourism trade as well as the public.  The setting up of the new airline was conceived in March last year following appeals from the Seychelles tourism industry and the wider public to bring back direct flights between Seychelles and major tourist and commercial destinations across the globe.

 

“The (Seychelles) tourism trade has been crying out for such operations and we are informed by travel agents and tour operators, locally and overseas, that not only is direct flight the preferred mode of travel but that many tourists will not travel except on direct flights which would translate into more tourists coming to Seychelles,” Afif told SNA in an e-mail interview. The national carrier, Air Seychelles which entered into a strategic partnership with UAE’s Etihad Airways in January 2012 has not been flying directly to Europe, the island’s main tourism market, for a few years now. Air Seychelles currently offers cargo and passenger services to destinations within the archipelago itself as well as in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, also has codeshare partnerships with airberlin, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways, and South African Airways, extending its network to 39 cities around the world.  On July 1, it will be launching a twice weekly services to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, via Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

 

‘Seychelles Airlines’ is aiming to offer local travellers and tourists alike, direct routes to and from Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Firstly targeting the European market, it plans to undertake five (5) weekly flights from Seychelles to France, Italy and Germany.  “These will be operated by a Boeing 767-300ER with a two (2) class configuration that is a business and tourist class. With the introduction of a second aircraft soon thereafter, the airline plans to cover the United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, and India,” said Afif.  Condor is currently the sole airline directly linking Seychelles to Europe.  While the airline industry remains a highly competitive, dynamic and risky industry, Afif noted that, Seychelles Airlines will “strive to ensure that its business model is always relevant and reflective of changing trends” in this market.

 

“We believe with careful planning and good foresight, we should be able to assure the market of both a reliable service of high quality as well as the long term sustainability of our operations.”  Even though it has not launched its formal recruitment programme yet, many individuals have shown interest in boarding this new venture. According to the CEO of the Seychelles Airlines, to date, they have received 138 applications for jobs within the airline, but for now these will remain pending until the licensing process is completed. Afif said that as soon as the green light is received from the authorities, they can “immediately put in place and activate all technical and commercial modules such as recruitment, IT infrastructure, marketing and reservation network, finance and accounting operations and management systems.”  He added that they’ve already identified key personnel and service providers at all destinations for its flight operations soon.  The Seychelles Airlines is being promoted by Intershore Aviation Limited, a local company that forms part of a wider chain of companies involved in financial services and real estate both internationally and in Seychelles, which are owned by Philippe Boullé, a Seychellois lawyer and former presidential candidate.

Air Seychelles, once more flying from Paris to Mahe
Air Seychelles has recommenced flights to Paris from its home base in the Seychelles after a gap of two and a half years in conjunction with its code share partner, Etihad.  The flights go from Paris to Mahe, with a brief stop in Abu Dhabi.  The schedule is limited with the arrival time on Mahe too late to connect with the majority of inter island flights other than Praslin but it is another option for the Seychelles bound.  The Indian Ocean island-based carrier is deploying its brightly-coloured Airbus A330-200 aircraft twice weekly on the new route, offering 18 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class.  The flights operate with a brief stopover in Abu Dhabi. Flying via Abu Dhabi, Air Seychelles’ new Paris schedule will offer 1,016 extra seats per week to and from the Seychelles and, when combined with codeshare partner Etihad Airways’ existing twice daily Paris-Abu Dhabi operations, provide travellers with a choice of 18 connections per week to and from the Indian Ocean island archipelago. The new Air Seychelles Paris flight schedule has also been designed to provide easy access to the Seychelles from more than 40 cities across Europe.  This includes connecting flights from Paris to Belgrade, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Florence, Genoa, Helsinki, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Nantes, Newcastle, Stockholm, Vienna, and Warsaw.

 

 For more details please contact us or call us on 01980 847389.

 
 

 

New look Fishing Village is a must-see attraction at this year’s CLA Game Fair

July 7th, 2014

With only 8 days to go until the CLA Game Fair takes place at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July, there are some fascinating developments in the new look Fishing Village.

Long term sponsors Hardy & Greys will be running their superb casting clinic, as well as having all their latest product ranges on show in their marquee. Mercedes Benz of Oxford is actively involved and will be sponsoring the House of Fishing.  They will be displaying a great selection of their ‘fishing oriented’ vehicles in the heart of the Village, including some exciting new models. Displays will include cars ‘dressed for fishing’ and there will be a chance for all visitors to enter their free draw for some truly amazing prizes.

With nearly 100 offices across the UK and an ever-expanding network in the countryside, leading estate agent Winkworth is thrilled to sponsor the tuition area where there will be tutorials available for all ages and all levels of expertise. Anglers aged from 8 to 80 will find help and advice on casting, and with some new skills under their belt there will be a host of competitions and events in which to participate.

The fantastic demonstration programme will be the most comprehensive ever staged, with the running theme of ‘Achievable Fishing.’ It features a host of star names in the sport and will be held on three levels. The Grandstand will stage tactical and display demos, while on the Casting Pool the style is very informal with visitors encouraged to get involved and inter-act. Then the Advice Centre will feature rigs, knots and leaders, outfit assembly – all the little things you need to know but might have been afraid to ask!

In a complete departure from formality, all the demonstrators will be in the Advice Centre immediately after their demo to mingle with visitors, sign books and videos, to answer questions or simply to talk fishing.

The CLA Game Fair’s Head of Fishing, Chris Ogborne, said: “The intention is to showcase our great sport as never before. There truly is something for everyone, at every level of ability and in every fishing discipline. Fly tying, rod building, where when and how to fish – it’s all here in one place. There will be experts not just in trout and salmon fishing but also in saltwater, bass, carp, bait casting, kayak, predator, LRF – every niche market. This year’s show is going to set the bar very high indeed and I can promise every visitor an event to remember.”

The Game Fair is always a special event for us. It allows us to meet our clients face to face and chat about past trips along with planning for the future. If you would like to forward purchase ticket they have now gone on sale HERE.

Iceland - Fishing Report 8th July 2014

July 7th, 2014

The weather in Iceland over the course of last week has continued on a similar theme with strong winds, heavy rain and cold temperatures, although this time I was experiencing it for myself! It eased off a little on Thursday and the west coast rivers began to clear and drop rapidly on Friday. Having experienced two years of low water and praying for rain in Iceland it appears the old Norse gods have listened and obliged. Air temperatures are hovering between 6 – 8°C in the early mornings and in the last hours of the evening sessions but have risen to a balmy 15°C when out of the wind. Conditions are improving currently.

The Laxá I Kjos is still running very high, and the continued rain and westerly winds have made fishing quite tough. The wind has being blowing strongly up river making casting interesting and fly presentation awkward. However the rods on the river have worked hard and there are now over 50 fish in the book. The majority of these fish have been multi sea wintered fish ranging from 60-86cm which for Laxá I Kjos are very large indeed.

There have been some extraordinary battles fought and lost. Most of the salmon have been caught in the lower river as one would expect at this time of year. Fish have also been caught in Skuggi and Thorufoss right up at the top showing the fish are moving their way rapidly through the system. Top pools have been Laxfoss and Kvislafoss, but a cracking 82 cm fish came out of Pollabreiða on Friday morning.

The Sunray Shadow has been the predominant pattern in 1/2″ - 1″, but the usual Red Francis, Black & Blue and small cone heads have also proven effective in the high water conditions. A few grilse have been caught in the last 24 hours which hopefully means they will arrive in numbers soon. The high water conditions have meant that many of usual lies are out of sorts and the guides are finding fish in odd places, so be prepared to think outside the box.

The lodge is running like a well oiled machine offering a warm and welcome respite from the elements. Gunna and Benni have produced some incredible food, and Greta is ensuring that everything is running like clockwork.

The Grimsá has also had very high water levels although now the rain has abated the river has dropped two feet in the last two days. Water temperature has been between 8-10 degrees and the air temperature has fluctuated from 6 in the early mornings and evenings to nearly 15 during the day. As the river has dropped and cleared the fishing has improved dramatically. The fish have still been of a large average size, between 68-86 cm, capped with an awesome fish of 95 cm by James Sneddon on his birthday on Sunday. Our group arrived on Saturday in high spirits and Grayham Cooksey opened with a stunning 81 cm fish on his single handed 8 weight on a black and blue on beat 1.

Marcus Warren then caught a couple of sea liced grilse which was great to see. Rex Dawson stunned us all with a 10 lbs sea trout followed by another of between 6 - 7 lbs from beat 2. James Sneddon’s 95 cm fish was approximately 20 lbs and took an ally shrimp as he fished through pool 460 Efra Garðfljót on beat 3.

It took a small Ally shrimp and took approximately 30 minutes to subdue before being carefully released. The river is continuing to drop and they should do well over the next few days as a fresh run of fish piled in on Sunday night. The food at the lodge is outstanding and Jara is on hand to take care of everyone.

The Langá has had a tough start and with the conditions that they had last week the group in there had their work cut out. The river had reached 34 fish by last Thursday, but on Sunday morning rod arose to find salmon had run right through the river and there have been reports of action in most of the major pools. Our group that arrived on Sunday reports the grilse have arrived, and they had 6 fish in the first session on small hitched flies. It is still cold, but the conditions are improving so we expect to see Langá’s catch statistics pick up dramatically in the coming days.

The Laxá I Asum reports similar conditions as the other west coast rivers; very high water but clear. Terrible weather so the rods fishing it last week did not fish as hard as they might, choosing to take refuge in the incredibly comfortable lodge and enjoy the exquisite food as is their prerogative. The head guide tells me their is plenty of fish in the river though currently with the number increasing on every tide. The two rods have accounted for just over 50 fish in the book so far with two fish of approximately 20 lbs lost, one below Manafoss and the other in the pool above. Despite the high water conditions they have been having plenty of action on tiny hitched flies which the fish are attacking aggressively. We are expecting the catch statistics to reach normal Asum levels withing the next week.

The Midfjardará has been combating the same conditions as the rest of the west coast, but the runs have continued to be strong. The river is high but clear and they have just caught their second fish over 100 cm yesterday from the bridgepool on the Vesturá.

The Nes beats on the Laxá I Adaldal in the North have also started very promisingly. As the Laxá I Adaldal is predominantly a large multi sea wintered salmon river they have benefited from the high water conditions which has done nothing but bring the big fish in faster. After a great opening 12 fish were landed with a number of fish over 20 lbs The following few days brought  a further 12 fish to three rods and yesterday two rods landed four fish in four hours afternoon and rose twice as many.

There are now over 30 fish in the book, and all over 80 cm, 3 fish over 95 cm and the largest 103 cm. This gives an average weight of 16 – 17 lbs. Air temperatures have risen to 15°C and the water temperature has climbed to 11°C. The most successful flies have been Sunray Shadows and traditional patterns for Nes such as the Night Hawk and the Randy Candy. What is interesting to note is that no coneheads are being used and that most of the fishing are taking flies off the surface.

Svalbardsá had a fantastic opening with nine hefty fish caught with several over 100 cm. The high water has made for some amazing battles from this three rod river and bodes well for the rest of the season. The fish are now up through the canyon and up to the lodge.

All in all things are looking very good across the country despite a slow start which was mostly condition related. We are somewhat relieved that the grilse have started showing up in numbers across the west coast rivers although the fact that they have shown up independently of the multi sea wintered fish may suggest they are going to different feeding grounds.

There are still a few last slots available so if you would be interested in further details or an itinerary then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 1st July 2014

July 1st, 2014

Last week in Iceland has been exceedingly wet with continued rain across the west coast. Rivers are running high from the beginning of the season and due to the continued rain have maintained that level so the prognosis for the end of July is looking very good. Air temperatures have been between 11 - 13°C and water temperatures a few degrees cooler. The forecast is for further rain, so this really is at last a normal beginning in Iceland.

On Grimsá and Laxá I Kjos we are seeing bigger fish this year, and most of them between are multi sea winter fish between 12-16 lbs. We are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the grilse run On the other hand are we still waiting for the grilse runs to appear which is reducing the normal early season statistics. We anticipate that they will turn up in the next few days. Clients fishing at both lodges have however praised the food and service, with deserts being described as “should be made illegal”.

Laxa I Asum has reported the arrival of the grilse run already and they are now catching 2 - 4 salmon per rod per shift in the last two days and runs are steadily increasing. The sea run arctic char fishing in the estuary has also been fantastic and an added bonus. Arnar Agnarsson. The head guide reports that the river conditions are superb currently. There is a huge rain storm forecast this week, but in general things on Laxa I Asum are looking excellent.

Midfjaradara has had a fantastic start to the season and after opening day and in three days the six rods landed 39 salmon, even though the river was high and coloured on the first day. After it cleared up again things started to improve. Sea-liced fish caught in the canyon on the Austurá and lots of action all the way up to Hvammshylur on the Vesturá. Since then the action has been fast and furious with one client landing a stunning 100 cm fish.

The Nordurá and the Langá have had a bit of a slow start as they two are eagerly awaiting the grilse run. Nordurá has currently had 150 fish so far (compared to the 560 this time last year) with high water conditions making fishing conditions a little tough, especially in the canyon section. It is still very early for Langá at this point as their runs normally kick in a couple of weeks later than the other rivers in the vicinity, so watch this space.

Fishing in the north is doing better with an excellent start on the Nes beats on the Laxa I Adaldal which is very encouraging. The weather around Akureyri has maintained air temperatures between 12 - 14°C and the large multi sea wintered fish it is so famous for have begun pushing up the river system in earnest.

The fishing on Laxardal has slowed up since the opening days, but what is certainly noticeable is these fish are bigger and more spread out than usual. These large wild brown trout are incredibly powerful and hard to land once you find them.

The fish are starting to rise more freely over the past week and a half now, but the wind keeps cooling the surface temperature down and putting the fish down too. It has been possible to target rising fish but also prospective casts with large dry flies has proved successful. There’s quite a bit of weed in the river for June, so these fish have a constant stream of food flowing down the river.

With a week to go until Alex and Charles Jardine head up to Laxardal with their group, we are hoping to see the rising trout with more frequency. The heavy tippets and strong hooks are being prepared for these monster wild brown trout.

I am heading to Iceland myself on Thursday to Laxá I Kjos and Grimsá to look after groups of our clients and I will have more detailed information on my return.

If you would be interested in further details or an itinerary then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.