We knew that the cabin we were heading to was relatively isolated on a farmer's land so we were on our own for food and beverages. After hitting the grocery store we wound around and finally found ourselves making the last turn onto a dirt road. We parked right alongside the deck which was perfectly aligned with flawless views of the Laxá River stretching ahead of us and flowing straight north into the Atlantic, short kilometers away. The Laxá is a well-known salmon river with large specimens by Iceland standards. We were a little early in the season for salmon and still had brown trout on the brain for our day of fishing here.
We got the lay of the land from our new friend Snaevarr who took the day off of guiding to fish with us. We were told assorted nymphs and small streamers were typically the way to go so between the four of us, we tied on a mixture. Two with streamers, two with nymphs. A few smaller fish were intrigued by the nymphs but the biggest look we had after a few hours into the day was on a small, heavy light brown and olive streamer. If the rest of us wanted to find bigger browns, we figured we had to start stripping streamers.
The Laxá is big water for single-hand rods, but certainly manageable. After the first few larger fish, we started to pattern their likely spots and between three of us landed 5 fish over 24" in a short period of time. Seeing native, resident river brown trout of this size was unforgettable. We have to go back though, we are told there is another size class above these ones in there...
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