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Half of all fly fishermen in popular Icelandic salmon rivers this summer will be from Britain

By Staff

  • Elliðaár river in Reykjavík One of the best and most popular salmon fishing rivers in Iceland runs through Reykjavík. Elliðaár river is completely sold out to fishermen this summer. Photo/GVA.

Many of the best salmon fishing rivers in Iceland are already sold out this summer and spots in many more are fast filling up. Most of the increase is caused by a growing interest among foreign, primarily British, fly fishermen who are flocking to Iceland. Nearly half of all fishermen in Icelandic salmon fishing rivers this summer will be from Britain, the local newspaper Morgunblaðið reports.

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A great salmon catch last year is part explanation for the increase in interest, since a good catch one summer always leads to greater demand for fishing permits the following summer. Fishermen are expecting this summer will see large numbers of big salmon, especially during early summer. As a result the most popular and best rivers are already sold out, while many more are quickly filling out. Among the rivers which are completely sold out are the Elliðaár river in Reykjavík.

The demand has been driven by foreign fishermen, especially from Britain. However, Icelandic fishermen are returning to the rivers. Demand from Icelandic fishermen fell drastically after the 2008 financial crisis, but is picking up again, according to Morgunblaðið.

During the pre-crash years the Icelandic banks and investment companies were among the largest customers of the most expensive salmon fishing rivers. Icelandic corporations have all but disappeared from the market, Morgunblaðið reports.


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