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Fishing in Iceland

Fishing in Iceland is surely on most fly anglers bucket lists and rightly so because this incredible landscape full of volcanoes and geysers is home to watercourses teeming with Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, large Brown Trout and Arctic Char. Aside from the world renowned salmon rivers such as the Ranga and Laxa  in Kjos, there are hundreds of other fish-able rivers and lakes that can suit anyone's budget. Fishing in Iceland is truly a remarkable experience so here's a selection of films and shows that will give you an idea of what to expect if you ever make it to the land of fire and ice.

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Iceland - volcanoes, glaciers, amazing trout and salmon fishing, and... surfing?! Ja (pron. "Yow") is Icelandic for "Yes", and is raw expression of exuberance. But for Shane Stalling - a fly fisherman from Montana - and his friend Elli Thor Magnusson - a surfer from Iceland - it is a feeling, a lifestyle. In this film they battle the harsh conditions, big fish, and big waves.  
The movie is recorded in Iceland, which has some of the best atlantic salmon rivers in the World. From tiny fast flowing canyon rivers to slow and wide streams. Nils fishes their entire season every year, from the beginning to the end as a real salmon bum. The camera has joined Nils on a number of these trips to very different rivers. He shares his knowledge and we’ll see him catch numerous salmon. An instructive movie about strategy, techniques, flies and the tackle to use in very different conditions. All together experiences and knowledge that can be used no matter where in the World you fish for atlantic salmon.  
Icelandic Tails brings some of the best fly fishing around from the land of fire and ice. This 6 part series, produced and narrated by Eggert Skulason,  visits some of the best rivers in Iceland in search of Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Arctic Char and Brown Trout. Featuring different anglers and guides in each episode, the series gives a real sense of how Icelandic anglers cherish this incredible fishing destination. Stunning scenery in remote locations from the people who know where the best spots are makes this series a must watch for keen fly anglers. The series is presented in Icelandic with English subtitles To wacth this series, just login or register now
Of all the species of fish out there, perhaps the most iconic is the Atlantic Salmon, and much of that is down to the species remarkable lifecycle. North Atlantic Miracle – shot in the astonishing scenery and untouched scenery of western Iceland – tells these fishes’ life stories from their point of view– from vulnerable fry, hatched out of pinkish eggs hidden among the gravel of the riverbed, constantly under threat of predation, until the semi-mature fish head out to sea to feed, and their eventual return to spawn and start the process again. This affectionately shot film includes amazing scenery and underwater footage of salmon in their natural home, and highlights not only the natural dangers that salmon must overcome in order to complete the cycle and spawn, but also includes some of the most amazing fishing action we’ve seen.  
As Iceland's fly fishing guides don't get to fish much themselves during the summer season, some of them make use of the very first days of the season. But only the toughest dare to fish opening day in Iceland; a big mistake, according to Iceland fishing guide Matti Hakonarson. In "Frozen Guides" we join him and a client as they fish the first week of April for hungry trout and char.
Volcanoes, glaciers and cascading water, Iceland’s magnetic allure is irresistible for the travelling fly fisher. In this land of myths and legends nature tells it’s own epic saga. From the river of their birth, the salmon make the journey out to sea to grow strong, returning each year bringing nourishment to the land and it’s people. The pristine rivers and lakes are home to four indigenous salmonid species - Salmon, Brown Trout, Arctic Char and Sea Trout - a bounty of opportunity. This epic cinematic experience captures the passion and excitement of fly fishers exploring this unique land.  
Meet Jan, Jonas and Lukas Borinski, three German brothers with a passion for fishing and filmmaking. Jan's the eldest, and works in Swedish Lapland, where they do most of their fishing; Jonas is the filmmaker; and Lukas - the youngest - is a musician: all tattoos, piercings and cigarettes, he lend the group an air of rock n' roll. These guys are the next generation of fly fishermen. They've been sharing videos of their Lapland trips for a while. As their online following grew they started filming further afield, and Welcome to Iceland represents their first foray to the land of fire and ice. Germany has an unsual catch and release policy - it's illegal to return fish over a certain size - so the boys are keen to find out about how Iceland is working to preserve their amazing fishing grounds. Along the way they meet a 25-year-old citizen scientist who is carrying out pioneering work on a single trout stream, to study the effects of catch and release. And of course the Brothers on the Fly fish in some amazing locations, catching sea-run arctic char, wild brown trout and salmon.  
Its hour 9 of World Fishing Day and we join experienced salmon angler and Fishing TV presenter, Rae Borras in Iceland on the Grimsa River, one of the most productive catchments in the country, if not the world. Surely he can catch a salmon live on camera then? We also welcome Sweden to the show as Matilda Leijon takes to a boat in Karlskrona with her friend, Louise Arvidsson hunting for pike. We check in with Thom Hunt in Croatia, where weather has hampered his fishing but he's still keen to get out there. Back in Italy and Vito Rubino and his team are having a load of fun as they get into the sea bass on lures and fly gear.
Once again we join Nils Jørgensen in Iceland, but late in the season, where the salmon have migrated far up the rivers. Late season requires a different set of eyes on the river. Nils Jørgensen will share his knowledge on where to find the salmon, flies, tackle and fishing techniques. All the time, adapting technique, tackle and choice of fly to the exact conditions and situation facing you is important. And Nils Jorgensen is a master at this. The camera will follow Nils on a number of fishing trips, where he tells about his fishing, and we join him up close in dramatic fights with big salmon. This is an instructive movie about strategy, fishing technique and tackle under different conditions. Experiences and knowledge that can be used where ever in the world you fish for Atlantic Salmon.  
April Vokey and brothers Naoto & Yoshi Aoki are on the Midfjardara River in Iceland. It is one of the world's top destinations if you want to catch Atlantic Salmon. It's also stunningly picturesque. They are not disappointed as local guide Rabbi Alfredsson knows where to find the fish and how to have a bit of fun.
In part two of his Icelandic fishing adventure, Rae Borras is taken to the River Jorkla on the east coast of the island. It's a spectacular corner of the planet that is guaranteed to set the pulses of any game angler racing with its salmon, sea trout and Arctic char. Rae’s targeting the river’s char on the fly first of all in the company of an expert guide, and the pair are soon catching fresh-run fish in the fresh, crystal clear waters. But Rae has salmon on the brain, and needs ladders, ropes and the bottle of a mountain goat to reach the his next destination, where he's greeted with the incredible sight of dozens of big salmon that are easy to see, but not so easy to catch… He's up with the larks the following morning determined to break his duck and finally catch an Icelandic salmon on the fly. He finds himself at a picture postcard a pool that has not been fished in living memory, and finally Rae has his prize salmon in the net… and his mojo back!  
Rae Borras immerses himself in the scenery, mystique and outstanding salmon fishing of magical Iceland.
Tributaries is a journey to uncover the commonality among different cultures, people and water. It explores the contrasting experiences of three diverse guides — a Bahamian flats-drifter, a Patagonian trout bum and a Viking-blooded Icelander. Watch three characters’ stories merge into one: a tribute to the world’s water.  


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