Mýrarkvísl is a relatively small river that holds a great stock of brown trout along with getting good runs of salmon trough out the summer. The river runs trough plains on the Reykjaheiði plateau for the first 15km making it perfect for dry fly fishing, after that the river runs trough a canyon where the river is a bit more powerful and you can often see the fish you are targeting. For the last 4 km the river runs down the plains by Laxamýri and into the Laxá in Aðaldal about 5km from the ocean. These extreme changes in Mýrarkvísl’s character offer you some of the most versatile fly fishing in Iceland.
The river has an amazing character with such diversity that there should always be something for every angler weather it is fishing the plains with small flies or hitch or sight fishing for salmon in the canyon pools.
The fishing season starts on June 1st with brown trout fishing and at that time it is not unusual for angler to be catching 10-15 browns a day with a fairly good average size. Later in June the salmon start making their way up river in small numbers but since the focus is mostly on dry fly fishing for brown trout there are not many salmon caught in June every year.
In early July the salmon run picks up and around the middle of July the salmon fishing really gets interesting as the numbers increase dramatically.
The prime time period of fishing for brown trout in Mýrarkvísl is from June 1st to July 20th. After July 20th the brown trout tend to get selective in feeding and the best way to catch them is by targeting them with what they are feeding on and this is the time dry flies are most effective.
From July 20th and throughout August and September it is all about salmon fishing on the Mýrarkvísl with the bigger brown trout getting territorial towards the end of August and throughout September we are catching good size brown trout on the salmon flies.
The fishing permits in river Mýrarkvísl also include a license to fish the Lake Langavatn and river Geitafellsá.
Along with the fishing in Mýrarkvísl a license for the Lake Langavatn is included in the permits. The lake holds a great big stock of small arctic char along with good size brown trout making it a great option for families. Rules: Fly, spin or bait.
Also included in the permits for Mýrarkvísl is the little river Geitafellsá that runs through plains above the lake before ending up in the lake Langavatn. The river is small and sensitive, perfect for dry fly fishing. In June and July anglers can expect to catch good size brown trout & from late July the arctic char from the lake start heading up river for spawning in great number. Rules: Fly only catch and release.
- Húsavík: 10 min drive
- Akureyri: 1 hour drive
- Mývatn: 30 min drive
Included in the fishing permits.
The river is about an hour drive from Akureyri & a 10minuet drive from the town of Húsavík.
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