We have been in love with Iceland since we first visited in 2009. Countless lakes and rivers with crystal clear water where trout, both sea run and brown trout, Atlantic salmon and Arctic char find the perfect conditions to thrive. Due to private ownership of all water there is a limited number of rods on each river so pressure is kept low and regulations are in favour of the fish and their environment. So not only can you find great fishing in Iceland you can also find the rare chance of privacy, solitude and the sense of getting away from it all.
From the beautiful Lake Myvatn flows an even more beautiful river, the Laxa Myvatn River. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rivers in all of Iceland and beyond. One of the best things about this river is that it is full of brown trout. And these fish are no ordinary creatures. They are big and fat from gorging on the rich insect life this very nutritous and healthy river produces and is habitat and important food source for so many species of birds as well as these monsterous brown trout.
The top beat of the Laxa Myvatn River is called Laxa in Myvatnssveit. Here a total of 10-14 rods are allowed giving each angler plenty of room to fish and enjoy nature far from anyone else. What seems to be endless amount of pools, runs, pockets and places for fish to feed and hide make up your playground during your stay at the Laxa Myvatn River.
The beats above the dam are considered by many to be the beast trout fishing available in the world. The number and size of brown trout have to be seen to be believed. The fishing is done in two 6 hour sessions with the morning session lasting from 8:00 - 14:00 and the evening session lasting from 16:00 - 22:00. Meals are served at the lodge accordingly. During each session two beats are rested so the fishing pressure on the Laxa is kept at a minimum.
The Laxa in Myvatnssveit beat requires some walking but there are always pools that have easy access on all of the beats. Wading can be tricky at times but that only applies to the pools where you need to get to the sweet spots that hold the biggest fish. We advise everyone thinking about fishing the Laxa in Myvatnssveit to do so with an experienced guide who knows the river, where to wade and where the big residents live.