Cosmoledo; 9 Degrees South - Land of Giants

September 2nd, 2014

Peter McLeod will be joining Keith Rose-Innes, GM of Alphonse Island, Astove atoll and Cosmoledo, at Farlows, Pall Mall on Tuesday 16th September from 1200. They will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the destinations or the tackle.  There will be specials available on a variety of fishing tackle so please do chat to the Farlows staff who will be on hand to help.

We will be there for the première of the new Cosmoledo film “9 degrees South - the land of giants”, please have a look at the trailer below.

The Land of Giants event teaser from Fin Lovers.

For more details or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 84738901980 847389.

Kooi Noom - a new Patagonian frontier of technical fishing for massive rainbows

September 2nd, 2014

Kooi Noom is the newest fly fishing experience in Argentina, offering what is arguably the best trophy rainbow trout fishing in the world. Located in a 4000 acre ranch in Central Patagonia, Santa Cruz province, 400 km north of El Calafate, Kooi Noom has exclusive access to the hottest new fishing. To date very few anglers have fished here leaving the fish incredibly fresh and unaccustomed to seeing a fly. Alongside traditional Argentinian lodge comfort and the majestic beauty of the Patagonian steppe, Kooi Noom is quickly becoming an important destination for the adventurous and dedicated trout fisherman. “We’re really excited by the new season at Kooi Noom. So far our catch records have been very, very good and we’re learning more each season about the behaviour of these big fish. The fishing has so much potential here. ” Alex Trochine

Location and Fishing

Kooi Noom’s fishing is at once varied and challenging. There are two lakes, a main river that tumbles down off the Patagonia meseta and a beautiful spring creek. On a given day anglers can fish all three zones. The lake, Quiroga, is a large, crystalline, high altitude, endorheic lake. It’s slightly more alkaline waters hold a massive cache of food for the trout. The fish grow huge on a diet of scuds and native bait fish (Galaxias sp.) These rainbows are wild and chrome coloured providing exhilarating takes and runs when fishing the bays and coastline. The biggest fish are found here, some reaching 20+ pounds.

The river that flows out of the lake is our primary fishing. During the season fish migrate down the fast flowing Capitan river holding in pockets and pools along its length. The fishing here is technical and dynamic and with a lot of the river still unexplored there’s much to keep anglers busy. The smaller Toro Lake also holds impressive quantities of fish with an average size of 5 to 10 pounds. Most of the fish can be targeted from the shore with dry flies and nymphs. The smaller spring creek, Tavia, is found here and can provide great stream fishing on lighter tackle. Classic creek tactics are required with patience and tricky casts rewarded.

Due to the extensive area that we have to cover we are equipped with two 4×4 trucks, a Polaris ATV for four people, Quad bikes and a 22 foot semi-rigid boat with two 75mph engines. Your guides are Alex and Nicolas Trochine. Renowned not only within Argentina, the young brothers are extremely experienced fishing guides. They have guided clients throughout the entire length of South America and continue to search for new fishing grounds and possibilities. They work tirelessly in the pursuit and protection of Patagonian trout waters and there really are no better people to be associated with.

Alex stalks fish in the Tavia creek

“In the two and a half years we’ve been fishing these waters the average size of trout has been getting bigger. We don’t know how big these fish are going to get.” Nico Trochine

The Lodge

Despite being situated in one of the most remote areas in Patagonia, Kooi Noom lodge boasts the modern comforts and amenities of modern anglers. The lodge building is a refurbished settler’s house with three double rooms with private bathrooms, hot water and electricity available 24-7.

There is also a comfortable living space where anglers can unwind after fishing - all set in the rustic environment of a working estancia. You can enjoy lamb cooked over an open fire in typical Argentinian style or an asado at the nearby quincho, carefully paired with world-famous Argentinian wines. Horse riding can very easily be arranged and is a fantastic way to explore this stunning and pristine part of South America. The fishing also has two comfortable and well equipped huts to have lunch and rest from the outside conditions both located just meters away from the main fishing areas. Kooi Noom means the real possibility of targeting and catching trophy rainbows in such a wild environment which holds an unique combination of moving and still water.

Rates and Information

Season: November to March

Capacity: 6 anglers

Sat to Sat - 7 night/6 day: 4,750 USD

Sat to Wed - 4 night/3 day: 2,650 USD

Wed to Sat - 3 night/2 day: 2,050 USD

Included: Standard ground transfer from El Calafate to the lodge, fishing licence, meals, all wines, beer and local spirits, professional guide service, laundry and Wi-Fi

Not Included: Airfare, Buenos Aires transfers and hotels, staff and guide gratuities.

If you would be interested in further details or logging your interest for next year then please contact Steffan Jones, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 2nd September 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Many who have fished Iceland regularly will understand my comments in my last report about this season mirroring the 2012 season. It actually transpires that the 2014 season has not been as bad by any means as 2012 which I hope instils a large amount of hope that the 2015 season will another bumper one. Even at this stage of the year with the season not closed some rivers have done significantly better than that lean grilse year.

The weekly statistics started appearing at the weekend and it is clear that even though fish are still being caught here and there, some of the big fish rivers are finally beginning to slow down. Due to the poor grilse run and the uptick of bigger salmon appearing in Iceland there was renewed interest in those looking for a big one this year, and certainly rivers like the Laxa I Adaldal have obliged. The Nes beats have now produced over 320 fish caught so far, and 22 fish over 100 cm. The largest fish have been one of 112 cm (33 lbs) and one of 110 cm (31 lbs) caught which is simply phenomenal for Iceland. The beat has produced 90 fish over 90cm (17lbs) with 40 fish over 96cm (20lbs). There have also been record days in terms of size and numbers with 23 caught in a day and 4 over 100cm. The average weight has been 84cm (14 lbs) for the season which is incredible.

Local weather and falling water have played a big part in this weeks statistics. The list below only includes those rivers who has submitted new figures:

West Rangá                265

East Rangá             162

Miðfjarðará                110

Blanda                       106

Laxá í Aðaldal              67

Selá í Vopnafirði          57

Hofsá                          53

Laxá á Ásum              52

Víðidalsá                     50

Affall                           50

Vatnsdalsá                 48

Norðlingafljót              47

Haffjarðará                 42

Þverá/Kjarrá              40

Norðurá                      36

Jökla                            25

Stóra Laxá                   22

Breiðadalsá                20

Búðardalsá                 17

Hrútafjarðará              17

Laxá í Kjós                   17

Grímsá                        16

Straumfjarðará           16

Þverá í Fljótshlíð         15

Fnjóská                        14

Laxá í Dölum               13

Fljótaá                         12

Elliðaár                        10

Gljúfurá í Bo.                6

Then out of interest it is worth looking at this year’s top rivers figures so far followed by the stats for 2012 behind it.

Blanda             1,892(843)

Þverá/Kjarrá   1,056(738)

Laxá á Ásum       841(210)

Laxá í Aðaldal     744(427)

Vatnsdalsá          537(358)

Víðidalsá             480(328)

Skjálfandafljót (20.8)   290(265)

Straumfjarðará  261(244)

Leirvogsá             249(200)

Svartá                   211(147)

Hrútafjarðará     182(177)

Fljótaá                  103(95)

The top river this years continues to be Laxa I Asum. The total catch is now closing in on 900 salmon for only two rods. The river closes on 11 September after their 82 day season. Still to come are 11 great days of fishing. Families and friends are still gathering on the banks of Laxá á Ásum to experience and enjoy the best salmon fishing available. We are already looking forward to the 2015 season and have had numerous requests for availability.

Finally Alex has been back in Iceland looking after two clients at Laxardal. Both fishermen landed fish over 60 cm, and they also explored some smaller streams in the area landing over 50 trout in a day. We continue to explore the trout fishing possibilities in Iceland and look forward to bringing some new operations for next season.

We will shortly begin rebooking fishing in Iceland with first right of refusal to all our rods that travelled this year, so if you would be interested in further details or logging your interest for next year then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

Indian Ocean space update @ 2nd September 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Farquhar space has seen a fair amount of movement in the last week and below a roundup of the Indian Ocean space still available at 2nd September 2014.

For more details or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 84738901980 847389.

ALPHONSE .. species diversity coupled with very comfortable accommodation, it doesn’t get much better than this. If your preferred dates aren’t showing, please contact us as there may be rods held but so far unconfirmed.

1-8 October 2014 (Wed/Wed) x 3 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 2 rods
3-10 January 2015 x 6 rods
10-17 January 2015 x 10 rods
24-31 January 2015 x 2 rods
31 January – 7 February 2015 x 1 rod
14-21 February x 3 rods
28 February - 7 March x 5 rods
7-14 March x 2 rods
21-28 March x 1 rod
4-11 April 2015 x 4 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 and not much space left already.  There still three rods left in the second week - fish it early :)

16-23 February x 3 rods remaining

16-23 February x 3 rods remaining
23 February - 2 March x 1 rod
2-9 March x 4 rods
9-16 March x 6 rods
16-23 March x 1 rod
30 March - 6 April x 3 rods
6-13 April x 6 rods

COSMOLEDO .. extreme saltwater fishing with the focus on GTs, for the remainder of this season, it remains a liveaboard operation.

14-22 November 2014 x 1 rod
29 November – 6 December 2014 x 5 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
21-30 October x 2 rods
1-10 November 2014 x 2 rods
13-22 November x 4 rods

31 March - 9 April 2015 x 6 rods
22 April - 1 May x 4 rods
5-14 May 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 1 rods
22-29 October 2014 x 1 rod - Peter McLeod’s hosted week
3-10 December x 5 rods
4-11 March x 10 rods
11-18 March x 10 rods

1-8 April 2015 x 10 rods
8-15 April 2015 x 10 rods
15-22 April 2015 x 3 rods

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 84738901980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 26th August 2014

August 26th, 2014

Even though we are coming to the end of August in Iceland rivers on the north and east coasts are still fishing hard. However the world once again focused on Iceland following the announcement at the weekend that an eruption was underway.  Scientist have since reviewed their data, and now believe that no eruption took place. The intense low-frequency seismic signal observed yesterday has therefore other explanations. The Icelandic Met Office has decided to lower the aviation colour-code from red to orange, indicating that the volcano is showing signs of unrest, but there is no eruption. All flight restrictions have been lifted. Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga remains strong. There are no indications that the activity is slowing down so it is impossible to exclude that this will result in an eruption in the (near) future. We are monitoring the situation closely.

Looking across the country a recent river report was published based on the Icelandic fisheries board statistics doing a cross river comparison. It makes for interesting reading. The Rangás as normal have reached the top spot based on statistics which is unsurprising. Then there are the “usual suspects” including Miðfjarðará, and not forgetting Laxá I Asum as the only river classed as “outstanding”.

The highest figures are: East Rangá 1877, Blanda 1786, West Rangá 1.453, Miðfjarðará 1.168 and Þverá/Kjarrá 1016. Norðurá is next and has fallen far from a four-digit number with 806 salmon a week and only 26 multi sea winter salmon. If the trend continues, it will not reach a thousand. Looking at the catch statistics last week, where readers can see what is going on at any point.

West Rangá                      307

East Rangá                      269

Miðfjarðará                     133

Blanda                            105

Laxá í Leirársveit             92

Selá                                 78

Þverá/Kjarrá                    75

Laxá á Ásum                    71

Hofsá                                67

Vatnsdalsá                       64

Víðidalsá                          60

Laxá í Aðaldal                  60

Langá                              54

Jökla                                43

Svalbarðsá                      41

Affall                                 41

Haffjarðará                      40

Fnjóská                            38

Hítará                               35

Breiðdalsá                       35

Laxá í Dölum                   35

Grímsá                             32

Hrútafjarðará                   30

Norðurá                           26

Þverá Fljótshlíð               22

Elliðaár                            18

Straumfjarðará                17

Fljótaá í Fljótum               13

Gljúfurá                            9

The west coast rivers are now winding down after a tricky summer. After a very late grilse run and some tough conditions to contend with through prime time there has been a reasonable sea trout run with some very large fish caught on rivers such as the Laxá I Kjos.

The Laxá I Ásum has now reached the 7th highest total catch in Iceland with 789 salmon caught by last Wednesday night. That comes down to 395 salmon per rod making Laxá I Ásum the highest catch per rod in Iceland with Blanda coming in second at 118 salmon per rod. At the same time last year the total catch in Laxá á Ásum was 818 which just goes to show how consistent it has been. Last year salmon no. 1000 was caught by Ívar Hákonarson on 8 September in Sauðaneskvörn. The river is now closing in on that magic number and the guys on the ground are fairly certain the river will reach 1000 before closing on 11 September.

The Nes beats on the Laxa I Adaldal have continued in a similar vain to earlier in the season and they too are headed for a record season. As Iceland’s premiere big fish river it has lived up to its reputation and although at this time of year some of the fish are colouring they are still attacking flies with aggression and putting up some extra ordinary battles. Andri Gudmunds and his father and an exceptional morning landing fish of 88 cm, 100 cm and 105 cm in one session.

Our clients fishing Svarlbardsa last week had some great fishing landing 25 fish to 3 rods, mostly big salmon but still with silver fish running the river. Svarlbardsa has had a great season this year and we are sure there will be a big demand for this private big fish river next season.

We will shortly begin rebooking fishing in Iceland with first right of refusal to all our rods that travelled this year, so if you would be interested in further details or logging your interest for next year then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

Alphonse Island, special offer - save US$3,200 per angler

August 26th, 2014

Due to pre-season logistics running ahead of schedule Alphonse have now opened up the first week of the season and we have a special offer that enables you to be one of the lucky few that gets the season underway. An opportunity not to be missed, especially at this price.

Week 1-8 October 2014 is now open for a maximum of 8 rods at a special rate of US$5,300 per person including the internal charter flight to/from Mahe plus US$175 conservation levy (paid locally).

If you are looking to travel later in the season there are still a few remaining rods, click HERE for the current Alphonse and Indian Ocean availability.

Please contact us for further details and included below is the first week fishing report from last season.

“Alphonse Opening Season Starts with a “Super Grand Slam”

“Alphonse Opening Season Starts with a “Super Grand Slam”
The first week of the 2013-2014 Alphonse season has just ended, and what a week it has been. Frans Jansen along with his closed group of 8 fishing friends took the opportunity to capitalize on as many of the gamefish species that St Francois and Alphonse has to offer. Early in the week the team tucked into 560 Bonefish before swiftly changing their focus to target all the other species on offer. Frans was quick off the mark and caught the seasons first Giant Trevally, sparking an infectious bout of GT fever throughout the team. The action was tackle busting at times, with stories of broken backing, hooks pulling, bite-offs, fly lines snapping and of course some great photo’s of GT’s. Sheila Banfieild followed soon after Frans and was our first lady angler of the season to catch a GT, landing a beautiful 30 pounder. The Bluefin were around in good numbers with 48 being caught and released along with the multitude of other species such as Spangled and Yellow-Lipped Emperors, Marble Grouper, Bohar Snapper and the ever present Triggerfish.  As the weather was settled the Milkfish congregated in good numbers while feeding offshore on the low tide. Some fish where hooked and lost after being fought for over an hour, and others landed after tiresome fights.  During the week 636 gamefish were caught and safely returned after a quick photo.There were some incredible achievements this week with Scott Kiscaden coming very close to a “Grand Slam”, catching 2 Milkfish, some Bonefish and a Giant Triggerfish all in one day.  The highlight of the week was definitely David Moeller’s “Super Grand Slam”, which he achieved by catching a Milkfish, GT, Giant Triggerfish and a Bonefish all in a days fishing. Once again other outstanding achievement, which continues from last seasons success and echoes how remarkable the St François fishery really is.


Indian Ocean; space availability @ 26th August 2014

August 26th, 2014

Astove has seen a fair amount of movement in the last week and below a roundup of the Indian Ocean space still available at 26th August 2014.  There is now just one rod remaining in Peter McLeod’s hosted week on Farquhar if you would like to join him pushing the boundaries of saltwater fly fishing.

For more details or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 84738901980 847389.

ALPHONSE .. species diversity coupled with very comfortable accommodation, it doesn’t get much better than this. If your preferred dates aren’t showing, please contact us as there may be rods held but so far unconfirmed.

1-8 October 2014 (Wed/Wed) x 6 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 8 rods
10-17 January 2015 x 10 rods
24-31 January 2015 x 3 rods
31 January – 7 February 2015 x 3 rods
14-21 February x 3 rods
28 February - 7 March x 5 rods
7-14 March x 2 rods
4-11 April 2015 x 6 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 and not much space left already.  There still three rods left in the second week - fish it early :)

16-23 February x 3 rods remaining
9-16 March x 6 rods
16-23 March x 1 rod
30 March - 6 April x 3 rods

COSMOLEDO .. extreme saltwater fishing with the focus on GTs, for the remainder of this season, it remains a liveaboard operation.

14-22 November 2014 x 1 rod
29 November – 6 December 2014 x 5 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
21-30 Ocotober x 2 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 x 3 rods
16-25 May 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.

22-29 October 2014 - Peter McLeod’s hosted week

8-15 October 2014 x 6 rods
22-29 October 2014 x 1 rod
5 -12 November 2014 x 6 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 84738901980 847389.

Fishing for Forces day - Thursday 14th August 2015

August 19th, 2014

Once again Peter participated in taking the wounded to the waterside with the Salisbury And District Angling Club. Here is his report from the day:

On Thursday I once again represented Fishing For Forces and in conjunction with the Salisbury And District Angling Club we took some of the wounded from Tedworth house recovery centre out fishing. This week we were coarse fishing at Petersfinger lake near Salisbury.



Since my first involvement one of the most important factors in what we do on these days is that they are entirely about the soldiers. There is no money raising, no marketing spin, it remains simply about taking the wounded to the waterside. I am always staggered by the generosity of the members and how many volunteers turn up to help out - today was no exception.

The minibus from Tedworth House pitched up as usual at about 1030 and after a quick welcome chat and a cup of coffee we partnered everyone up with individual mentors and got them out on the water. I know the SADAC members always get a big kick out of sharing their knowledge and getting them hooked into fish, and like all fishing it is wonderful to watch people new to it become so absorbed in what they are doing. I think this is one of the reasons it is so beneficial.

As I am not very good at coarse fishing these days I do the cooking at lunch time, so as per usual out came the BBQ and we laid on a feast although I can never understand why no one eats the salad.. A little inclement weather made an appearance but we did not let that curb our enthusiasm.


Fish were caught throughout the day, although nothing massive appeared in the keep nets today. By the time it came to 4.00pm I think the fresh air and food had got to everyone. Again another highly successful day with a couple of the lads saying that they would like to so more after trying it which is congratulations enough. Thanks to all those that participated and we look forward to our last day of the year in September.

Iceland - Fishing Report 19th August 2014

August 19th, 2014

As the Icelandic season continues we are seeing night time temperatures beginning to cool off now as day light hours continue to shorten. An astonishing amount of multi sea wintered salmon are still being caught throughout Iceland, yet the grilse runs have remained lower than expected. Growing numbers of sea trout are now being caught too as we move through August and this is expected to keep improving into to September.


The Laxa I Asum remains the outstanding river on the West Coast this summer. The 2 rod river is forecast to reach 1000+ salmon this year. The grilse runs have increased as the season has moved on but what is truly amazing is the amount of large salmon that have been caught. 93 salmon have been caught in the last four and a half days including fish of 86, 92 and 105 cm. The top fly at the moment is the Collie Dog.


The Svalbardsa River has now had over 270 salmon for the 2-3 rods. Fish are still running and fresh fish are still being caught reguarly on the lowest beat. Over 80% of the fish caught have been large salmon (Msw salmon). The river has recently been very high after heavy rain. True Svalbardsa monsters are being caught, fish around and above 20lbs.


The fishing on the Nes beats of the Laxa I Adaldal slowed down for a few days due to high and weedy conditions but it has now picked up again. Several 100 cm plus fish have been landed recently, including one for David Wilkinson who became a new addition to the Nes 20 lber club, well done David!


Lodge manager Arni Petur also had a great moment when his daughter Andrea, a 6th generation Nes angler, landed her first ever salmon, a stunning 90 cm fish. “I am a proud father, she did so well with this strong fish, almost falling over few times but daddy was there to catch her and support in the most trying times of the battle. Brilliant day.”


The colder weather conditions in the north of Iceland have slowed the dry fly fishing for wild brown trout on Laxardal and Myvatnssveit, but fish are still being caught on nymphs and streamers. Head guide, Bjarni Hoskuldsson, has stuck with dries and with great reward too. On a great pool called Slaeda, upstream from Raudholar lodge, Bjarni landed a beautiful 66 cm brown weighing 7.2 lbs on a foam dryfly called the “Flip Flop”.


There are still a few last slots available at the end of August and early September so if you would be interested in further details or logging your interest for next year then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.

Iceland - Fishing Report 12th August 2014

August 12th, 2014

The Icelandic rivers last week have had mixed reports, some rivers performing extremely well and some having a tough time of it. This is partly due to conditions, but also we are still seeing a lack of numbers on the grilse run across the board. This season seems to be shaping up along similar lines to 2012, so my own view is that not only do the grilse and summer salmon have very different feeding areas to the multi sea winter fish, but I think they have had to go much further to find good feeding grounds this year. If the 2013 season was anything to go by this bodes extremely well for next year as those grilse that stayed out will come back in incredible shape and much larger than usual. Some may think this is looking through rose tinted glasses, but basing it on history of catch statistics over the last decade I think it is a logical theory. The lack of grilse has certainly been compensated by the size of the multi sea winter salmon which have continued to be most impressive.

Last week the Laxá I Asum was the star of the show. The river is forecast to hit 1000 salmon to two rods or close to it based on how the fishing has been. There is not another river that is even close on catch per rod this season and the run has been phenomenal. Not only has the river had a strong run of grilse and summer salmon, but rather unusually they have had a good number of large fish including some approaching 100cm (20 lbs) which for the size of river and the light tackle being used has certainly been testing anglers.

The Laxá I Kjos has reported dropping water and for the first time the river is running at summer heights. Normally this would not be an issue but this was accompanied by a very strong and cold northerly wind that slowed down the fishing a little. The river currently stands at 350 plus for the season, but there have been larger fish caught and seen on the river this year than most can remember. One of our clients, Paul Clarke, who arrived over the weekend headed for the meadows on arrival with sea trout on his mind. He hooked a sea trout in the mid teens which he battled for over 20 mins on a 6# and a nymph before it final snapped his 15lbs leader. Mid-August is when the sea trout fishing really begins to hot up on the river.

On Midfjardará last week was the best of the season so far. The 10 rods landed 221 fish with a couple of fish over 100 cm salmon caught. Some grilse have been entering the river system as well, even though we wish they were showing up in bigger numbers. Water levels are dropping and the river could use some rain in the next few days. 20 fish landed yesterday morning with 10 of them from beat 5.

Steff recently returned from a tour of Iceland (he will be writing a report shortly) and spent some time up on the Langá. He caught three fish in one session and turned a number of others, although he had to work hard in the wind to put a fly in the right spots. This is very encouraging as he also reported seeing fish in the pools as he fished down them.

The Nes beats on Laxá I Adaldal had some difficulty at the end of last week. As happens every so often the river became very murky and hard to fish. Once or twice a season conditions reach a peak in Lake Myvatn and a greenish algae pops off the bottom along with the weed growth before flooding down the river making visibility pretty rubbish. After a couple of days it then clears out. Unfortunately the Taubman group had it tough but that did not stop them from catching 3 fish over 100cm. The photo is of Bill Parfet with 105cm fish. The river is clearing up now and last 2 shifts have 12 fish and 2 of them over 100cm! Our clients that went in at the weekend report the cleared river, and one of them caught a lovely cock fish of approximately 22 lbs.

The trout beats in the north had a tough time during the murky water being only able to fish dry fly only. However there has been abundant caddis activity in the late evenings and a monster fish of 72 cm (9.2 lbs) was landed at Laxardal on Saturday.

All in all a mixed bag for Iceland this week, and as the rivers begin to wind down towards the end of this month our attention will begin to move to next year.

There are still a few last slots available at the end of August and early September so if you would be interested in further details or logging your interest for next year then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine, alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.