Grenlæk Beat 4

Distance from Reykjavík:

270km

Season:

7 May - 20 October

Average size:

Sea Trout: 5-10lb Char: 3-5lb

Number of rods:

4

Tackle:

Fly only

Fishing equipment:

Single-Handed #6-8

The best flies:

Streamer and Nymph

Lodging:

Options available

Accessability:

Mixed

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Grenilæk, Beat 4 (Fitjárflóð)

River Grenlækur is a fertile spring fed river, rich in fresh water life. There we find one of Iceland’s greatest sea trout (Salmo trutta) population. The river is fed by springs originating from the glacial river Skaftá which flows onto and through the Eldhraun lavafield that filters the glacial water before it emerges in Grenlæk. Like many other rivers on the south coast of Iceland the main fishing here is for Sea-Run Brown trout, although resident browns, arctic char and Atlantic Salmon can also be found lurking the clear waters of Grenlækur. Fishing in Beat 4 of Grenlækur, or Fitjárflóð as it is often called, begins in May and lasts until October 20. Large numbers of Sea Trout gather in Beat 4 prior to going to sea in mid-June, before returning in mid-July. This allows for a much longer season than in many other areas. Summer fishing in this area is robust and healthy Arctic Char, and resident Brown Trout.

Fishing Area

Fish Partner manages Beat 4 on River Grenlækur. The area is marked by the Efri-Skurð pool above, and widens below the bridge by the Neðri-Skurð pool. Beat 4 is almost a lake, but a noticeable current can be seen in many places which often produces excellent fishing. There is a fishing trail along the east bank of the river, and it is possible to drive this area with four-wheel drive vehicles.

Heavy vegetation is found in the mid-section of this beat where the Sea Trout often lay in the weed banks. Casting flies along the weed banks is often an effective fishing method. Beat 4 ends where the river forks between islets before merging in to the Neðri-skurð pool. There are excellent chances for fishing in both Efri and Neðri-Skurð pools, as well as in the forks where the two pools meet.

Directions

Following the eastbound Route 1 highway, turn right just before reaching Skaftárbrún. Drive for roughly ten minutes and cross Grenilæk, Sýrlæk and Jónskvísl. Turn into the town of Fossar and Arnardang and continue driving to Arnardrrangi. Just before reaching the slope at Arnardrangur, turn right and follow that road until you reach the bridge over Grenilækur. Follow the signs and avoid driving beyond them. Close the gates behind you. Please note: Large SUVs cannot cross the bridge.

      

Spring Fishing:

Number of Rods: 4

Division of Days: Two days (afternoon half, whole, morning half)

Fishing Dates: 7. May – 20. June

Type: Fly only

Summer and Fall:

Number of Rods: 4

Division of Days: Two days (afternoon half, whole, morning half)

Fishing Dates: 20. June – 20. October

Type: Fly only

 

Fishing Time:

Fishing is allowed for a maximum of 12 hours per day. The available fishing hours are as follows:

  1. May – 14 August from 7-22

  2. August – 18 October from 7-21

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Accessability

  • Easy – Very little hiking required, easy for every one.
  • Modrate – Some hiking required.
  • Hard – Strenuous hiking require, good physical conditions required.
  • Mixed – Some easy access areas and others that require hiking.