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Salmon Fishing Successful in Iceland

The salmon fishing season in Iceland has been excellent so far this summer. “It is so good that you hardly dare to believe it’s true,” said Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson at the Federation of Icelandic River Owners.

Fishing in Laxá river in Adaldalur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“The rivers that were the first to start, Nordurá, Thverá and Blanda, have all provided an outstanding catch,” Thorsteinsson told Morgunbladid.

“It is not just the fish which are coming early this year but there are a lot more of them so I’m beginning to be convinced that the situation will continue like this,” he added.

Blanda is the “sputnik” river this year. An angler who was fishing at the river’s lower part last weekend caught 52 salmon in two days, and they were all caught on a fly.

The largest salmon was 103 centimeters and 22 pounds but the angler, along with other eyewitnesses, saw two other fish that were even bigger.

In Fljótsá river, which is one of the county’s best Arctic char fishing rivers, the season was also off to a good start. One angler caught 40 chars and three salmon in a day and a half, and sometimes he caught two fish at once.

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