The West Ranga is regarded as one of the best, if not the best Salmon rivers in Iceland. Thanks mostly to a smolt releasing programme the river produces a consistently high number of Salmon each year and whilst they are not all big the average size is in the six to nine pound range. There are bigger fish caught each year, twelve to twenty pounds and accasionally one or two over twenty-five pounds.
The river is spring-fed and therefore the water remains clear through the season and has a very consistent but cold temperature and flow. The river is classed as medium to large and can be fished with a single-handed rod however we would suggest that a double-handed rod would be a better choice, teamed up with a floating line and range of skink tips to get the fly down fast in the colder water.
Between fourteen to twenty anglers can fish the river depending on the part of the season and runs of fish. Fishing is usually with one guide to two anglers. The river is fished by wading which is generally quite easy and all the pools on the river are easily accessible by car and a some walking.
As with all the Icelandic rivers being prepared to vary techniques, fly size colour, speed of retrieve and depth of fly will generate the best results.
Bring chest-waders, warm undergarments, a water and wind resistant jacket, cap or hat and polarized glasses to see the fish as well as providing protection for your eyes. We would also advise that you take a midge net.