The Haukadalsa River flows from the Lake Haukadalsvatn into the Haukadalur Valley, in the west of Iceland. The river is eight kilometres long with forty pools and fished with five rods in total. The river is perhaps not well-known, however, it is a beautiful small/medium-sized river and maintains good flow of water even during dry summer months.
The water is crystal clear and you can see the Salmon that you are trying to catch. This 'sight-fishing' is a very special experience. The river is fished with fly only and we recommend single-handed rods, floating lines and small flies. The river is also perfect for trying to get the fish to the surface using the 'hitch' method. Most beats can be walked to from the lodge.
We would suggest single-handed rods in the 6-8 weight class. However shorter double-handed rods or switch-rods may be handy for those who prefer the double-handed style of fishing. These rods can be combined with a floating line but a sink-tip line is always good to carry as well.
Flies should be small doubles in sizes 10-16. Bring your favourites but also make sure you have a good selection of colours and sizes, small tube flies and cone-head tube flies are also good to have. Those weighted tubes to get down and the small plastic tubes for that different movement in the water. Hitch tubes and Sun-Ray Shadows are a must as well.
Tippet strength of about 12 – 15 pounds. Clarity of water, size of water and the size of fly play the most crucial part in that recommendation.
Bring chest-waders, warm undergarments, a water and wind resistant jackets, cap or hat and polarized glasses to see the fish as well as provide protection for your eyes.
Most of the fishing is off the shingle with some ankle/knee-wading. The river is a comfortable river to fish and for suited to all ages and abilities.