This is the perfect fishing trip for a novice or experienced angler looking for a short fully guided holiday with the chance of catching an exceptionally large Trout. Fishing on stunning private beats, you will have your guide on hand to answer any questions and photograph your magnificent fish.
Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland, with a surface area of 32 square miles, it has an abundance of natural food which is how the Trout manages to grow so big but out of all this natural food its the vast shoals of Arctic Char that help fuel the diets of these super-sized Brownies. Lake Thingvallavatn consists of deep water in the middle and then shallows up into many different bays that the trout use to push the Char into and then hunt them down and feed on them. The lake is found in the South West part of the country approx 50km from Reykjavík, it is surrounded by other amazing natural wonders that make up Þingvallavatn national park. Looking at the lake it is clear to see its volcanic heritage with an abundance of porous rocks covered in fissures!
The fish of Lake Thingvallavatn are of a different ilk to virtually any other Brown Trout in the world, this subspecies started off as Sea Trout but are believed to have become trapped in the lake during the last ice age, where they developed into the chrome bodied Super Trout that they are today.
The shallow bays in the lake are the areas that you can wade and target these big Trout with streamer patterns, tapping into their heightened predatory instincts. As well as fishing with streamer patterns at times your guide will read the fishes behaviour and advise you to fish more traditional wet and dry flies, watching a double-figure wild Brown Trout come up and sup in a size 14 dry fly really does take some beating.
Your guide will tell you on a day to day basis but generally fishing setups consist of a 6# rod with either a floating or an intermediate line for fishing the smaller flies in settled conditions, or in windier weather a single or switch rod in 7/8# is good for casting bigger patterns in search of some dedicated fish eaters.
When tackling up for these brutish fish it is advisable to have a reel that holds plenty of backing, as once hooked these Chrome torpedoes try to head straight out to deeper water and can quickly have your fly line surging out of sight. With five exclusive prime beats on the lake and some of the best local guides in Iceland, Lake Thingvallavatn really does have the potential to hand out a new PB Brown Trout every trip.
This trip is based on you and one other angler per guide, this is a good combination as it means you do not have the guide breathing down your neck the whole time but if you need assistance they can be with you in a very short time. The guide will take you to some of the lakes best beats that we have private access too. these areas are a mixture of shallow bays and deeper drop-offs that give you some fantastic varied fishing in different weather conditions.
This part of Iceland has so many different activities that are very interesting to any nature lovers. Mountains, Lava fields, natural hot springs, and fantastic waterfalls are just the tip of the iceberg. The number of National parks are countless, each one with its own unique highlights and all worth visiting. There are so many extra activities that can be added on to this trip it is probably worth calling one of the sales team who can talk you through some different options.