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    Default Can anything beat this beat?

    Just returned from 3 days fishing at Hofsá in Iceland and thought pictures of this wonderful river should be shared - especially those from beat 1. Hope you like them.


    Heading for the upper pools at beat 1 (about 40 minutes tough hike along the river)



    Fishing at "Foss 2" - one of the upper pools


    The fall just above "Foss 1"


    Top view of the pool "Foss 2"


    The "Net Pool" at one of the middle beats


    12 lbs salmon caught and released on # 8 single-handed rod at "Net Pool"


    Fishing "Odin's Bank" on the lower beat


    "Odin's Bank"


    Fighting a huge salmon on double-handed rod at "Cambusmore I" for 45 minutes. The salmon went through three pools and finally broke the leader!

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    Looks a pretty spectacular place and that looks like a big fish right enough in the last picture. What did you estimate its weight to be? Were you fishing riffled tubes mainly using the single hander or conventional flies ?
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    Tried the hitch flies but without any luck this time. Have previously been lucky with them, though. Hard to guess the weight of the one I lost but it takes quite a big fish, if after about 45 minutes with a double-handed rod you can still not control it. The salmon in Hofsá get quite big for Icelandic standards and the group fishing before us caught a 20 lbs salmon. I hooked both my fish on a single hooked Laxa Blue size 6 and 8 but several salmon were caught on size 10 - 12.

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    the water looks incredibly clear, do you target individual fish?

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    The water is cristal clear and in some pools you can spot the fish. Must admit, though, that I am not much of a "fish spotter" unless I get up on high grounds. Quite often you see the fish jump which of course makes fishing very intense.

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    Looks stunning! 12 pounder on a single hander must have given you a good scrap too!

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    Yes, it kept me quite busy for about 40 minutes and I could certainly have done with a net, but managed with a good grip around the tail.

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    Beautiful photos !!
    Iceland has always intrigued me , however it's the price tag that keeps me away .

    Must have been quite the exprience .


    Mike
    Have you swung a spey fly today ??

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    I have seen that sometimes good fishing water in Iceland is available at
    www.laxaonline.com/auctions/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8lakesflyer View Post
    Beautiful photos !!
    Iceland has always intrigued me , however it's the price tag that keeps me away .

    Must have been quite the experience .


    Mike
    Fully agree Mike! The change in 'topography' from one pool to another is stunning.
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