River Lónsá is situated in North East Iceland on the Langanes Peninsula about a 2,5 hour drive from Akureyri. The river has a healthy stock of stationary brown trout throughout the season and sea runs brown trout and arctic char coming in and out of the estuary with the tides. Around the middle of July the runs of arctic char start coming in and are usually running strong throughout August & September, offering some of the best fly fishing in Iceland.
Lónsá is the little pearl of the Langanes Peninsula about a 5 minuet drive drive from the fishing village Raufarhöfn. The river is producing about 500 trout/char a year. The river allows 2 rods per day from April 1st until June 1st. From June 1st until October 31th the river allows 4 rods per day.
Fishing the Lónsá in springtime can be amazing as the arctic char and sea run brown trout are coming in & out of the estuary in great numbers feeding on tiny clear shrimp and you are sight fishing for these fish from a fairly short distance. It is hard to compare with any other fishing and most anglers that have tried it described it being like nothing else they have ever tried before.
The Sauðaneslón or the lagoon that the river runs into also holds an abundance of arctic char in spring time that can be tricky to catch as well and finding the exact insect or crab they are feeding on can take a while but when you hit it all of a sudden the take is on.
In the upper river the fishing is more classical with nymphs or streamers in the first half of the season for brown trout and then dry fly fishing as the summer progresses.
In the upper river it is very important to approach the river with caution as it is very easy to spook the trout.
When the first runs of arctic char start making their way up river in a feeding frenzy the river suddenly offer a whole new experience and you can literally see tens of silver char sliding into a pool and you do not know where to start. This happens at a different time each year as it is more connected with the temperature of the ocean and weather conditions than a certain date and for some anglers chasing first run which is usually the bigger size char is the greatest thrill there is.
Along with a fishing permit for the river Lónsá you also get access to 5 different lakes ether connected to the river or in the vicinity of the river.
Rods allowed per day
The river allows 4 rods to fish it per day.
The fishing season in Lónsá is from April 1st to October 30th.
The accommodations for Lónsá is the Ytra Lón guesthouse and the offer everything from single rooms or apartments to dormitory accommodation upon request from each client.
Self catering or full catering upon request.
The river is situated about 2,5 hour drive from the town of Akureyri or 10 minuet drive from the town of Þórshöfn.
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