Wondering what streamers to tie and bring on your trip to Iceland. Well look no further. Below you’ll find a list of some f our favorite streamers, some of them you’ve probably fished before in your homewaters, and some are Icelandic designs that you might not recognize. In any case, there are tried and tested and recommended by us here at Fish Partners as well as our expert guides.
If you want these flies for your next trip, Fish Partner can furnish all your fly needs.
For all the streamers on the list, I’ve added a short description, a photo and a link to either a tying tutorial or a recipe. Some of the flies are variants of famous streamers. That’s because we’ve found that these variations to work best in the Icelandic lakes and rivers.
As I mentioned above, some of these patterns are Icelandic creations and the tutorial / material list is only available in Icelandic. Google translate can be used in those instances.
Black Ghost – Zonker
The Black Ghost by Herb Welch needs no introduction. Originating like so many other great streamer patterns from Maine, MA.
The most popular variation here in Iceland is tied with a zonker wing, rabbit or squirrel, and with a cone to give it a bit of weight. The Black Ghost is a must have in any lake or river situation here in Iceland and will catch you native brown trout as well as sea trout and arctic char.
Black Ghost Sunburst – Zonker
Another variation on the great Herb Welch original. The same goes for this one as the more traditional version above. It’s a mainstay in our fly boxes and a great choice for brown trout, arctic char and sea trout.
Black Ghost – Olive
Last but definitely not least. If you’re heading to Lake Thingvallavatn and looking to get acquainted with some of those huge ice age brown trout, the olive version is a must have. Tied much like it’s more famous brothers mentioned above, with just the collar changed to olive green.
First one on the list from late great Icelandic fly tier Sigurður Pálsson. A painter by trade, “Siggi” is responsible for designing some of the more famous Icelandic streamer flies. Dýrbítur is one of his best known designs. Typically tied in sizes 6 – 10 it borrows some of the design from the Wooly Bugger and the Dog Nobbler. But it is quite unique in its own right. Dýrbítur can be tied in multiple colors. The black one is a classic, but you should also try tying it in Orange, Pink and White.
Egg Sucking Leech
There are few patterns more simple than the Egg sucking leech, but then again, few are more effective. Tied in sizes 8 – 12, it definitely pays to have a few versions in your box whether you’re fishing lakes or streams here in Iceland.
The Dog Nobbler (Icelandic variation)
The Nobbler is such a popular fly in Iceland that it’s almost the general consensus that it’s an Icelandic pattern. It isn’t. Although the Icelandic variation is a bit different to the original Dog Nobbler. It’s tied in a multitude of colors, White, Orange, Black, Pink. You name it.
Another one by Sigurður Pálsson. Siggi said he wasn’t thinking of anything special when he designed this fly. He just wanted to do something different to what he had seen. As soon as it hit the water, Flæðarmús proved itself as an absolute weapon for sea trout. Has been known to catch brown trout and salmon as well.
Designed by legendary Icelandic fly tyer Kolbeinn Grímsson. Kolbeinn, along with Sigurður Pálsson, is responsible for some of the most popular Icelandic patterns ever designed. Rektor is an awesome fly for brown trout.
John Barr’s Slumpbuster
When you need to get down a strong current, the Slumpbuster is a great choice. Tie it in pretty much any color you like, our favorite are olive and black. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
Kelly Galloup’s Zoo Cougar
A few of Kelly’s flies have been really popular here in Iceland recently. The Zoo Cougar is a great choice when targeting the browns at Lake Thingvallavatn or Lake Villingvatn. Olive and Khaki brown are the way to go.
By Eidur Kristjansson
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