FLY FISHING ON THE SELÁ RIVER

Fly Fishing

FLY FISHING ON THE SELÁ RIVER

An Experience You Won’t Forget

The Six Rivers Project manages what we believe to be the best salmon rivers in the world. Set in a remote part of North East Iceland, the region provides an opportunity to enjoy world class salmon fly fishing. We offer exclusive, tailored fishing experiences using local English speaking guides. We require our guests to adhere to our strict fishing conservation rules which aim to minimise angling pressure through limiting the number of rods on each river and restricting the amount of time guests can fish each day.

What to Expect

Our Rivers

We offer some of the world’s best salmon fly fishing from our rivers in Iceland, among them the Selá and Hofsá, with its tributary the Sunnudalsa located in the Vopnafjord on Iceland’s east coast, as well as the Midfjardara in Bakkafjörður and the Tungulaekur (sea trout river) on Iceland’s south coast.

Range of Species

The Six Rivers Project is intended primarily to protect the Atlantic salmon, our rivers’ most prominent species. You may also encounter other fish on these rivers, including Arctic char and sea trout.

Conservation Rules

We pride ourselves on the strict fishing regulations we adhere to which reduces stress on the salmon. These rules seek to control fishing pressure by limiting the number of rods on the river and restricting the number of hours visitors can fish each day. Any salmon which are caught are released back into the river and our guests are only allowed to use light tackle and small flies.

Exclusive Fishing Beats

The rivers are divided into beats, providing many kilometres of exclusive fishing. For example the Selá, with 36 kilometres of fishable waters and over 120 fishing pools, is divided into six beats with six rods in total.

Ability Levels

The Six River Project’s exclusive fishing and pristine environment, coupled with our expert guides and the high-class service provided in each of our river lodges, provides the opportunity for an unforgettable fishing and nature experience for all ages and abilities. Whether you are new to fishing or an experienced fly fisher, our local English speaking guides will be able to provide you with a tailored, exclusive experience that will allow you to enjoy these wonderful rivers at their very best.

Adventurous Beats

All of our beats can be reached in a 4 wheel drive driven by our guides who will accompany you throughout the day. Some beats require a good walk to reach the river, whilst others will require a scramble down the river bank. For those looking for an extra challenge, ask your guide to take you to the less accessible beats, some of which require descent down a steep slope using a fixed rope.

Easily Accessible Beats

We recognise that many will seek a more gentle angling experience. Our local guides can recommend beats that are best suited to you and the rest of your party’s needs. Many beats for example can be accessed via a short drive from our comfortable lodges.

Family Friendly Holidays

We are able to cater to guests of all ages and we encourage families to come and visit us at the Six Rivers Project. Our guides are experienced in introducing the joys of fishing to young children and teenagers. Children may find it easier to fish for Arctic char, a smaller species, and we can tailor your outings to make them more suitable for your family needs. We see this as an opportunity to enjoy quality family time without distraction in a place of extraordinary natural beauty.

Fish Species

Salmon (also known as Salmo salar) Six Rivers Project

Atlantic Salmon

Salmo Salar CLASSIFICATION
Typical Size
66cm/2.2kg
Record Size
109cm/17kg
Artic Char (also known as Salvelinus alpinus), Six Rivers Project

Artic Char

Salvelinus Alpinus CLASSIFICATION
Typical Size
40cm/1.1kg
Record Size
72cm/7kg
Sea Trout (also known as Salmo trutta), Six Rivers Project

Sea Trout

Salmo Trutta CLASSIFICATION
Typical Size
53cm/2kg
Record Size
75cm/6kg

Our Fishing Rivers

Our Guides

Local, English Speaking Guides

We offer experienced local guides to help you maximise your time on our rivers. Our guides are originally from Iceland but speak excellent English.

Knowledgable and Friendly

Our guides are able to provide a tailormade experience to support guests of all backgrounds and experiences.

Jón, Six Rivers Project

Jón

Our head guide on the Hofsá wears many different hats. In addition to being a fantastic guide, he is also a local farmer close to the Hofsá river (he lives near the “Telegraph”, one of the best pools on the river) and chairman of the local river association. Always calm and professional, his guiding skills are superb.

Denni, Six Riveres Project

Denni

Our head guide on the Selá, Denni was born in Akureyri. Ever since he can remember he has had a fishing rod in his hand. Denni is at his best out in the wilderness and when not helping anglers to spot, catch and land salmon, he is out there looking at flowers and birds with his camera!

Stebbi, Six Rivers Project

Stebbi

One of the core team on the Selá and Hofsá rivers. He was born in Akureyri but has lived in Vopnafjörður for many years now which makes him a true local. He has been fishing and guiding for all his life. If something needs to be fixed at the river we can always call Stebbi, a true handyman!

Hilmir (Busi), Six Rivers Project

Hilmir (Busi)

One of the local boys, Hilmir or ‘Busi’ as he is more often called is from Vopnafjörður but lives close to Reykjavik. He returns every year to Vopnafjörður to guide. Busi works on both the Hofsa and Sela rivers – he is very dedicated and has high standards which he tends to expect from his clients too!

Óli, Six Rivers Project

Óli

There is never a dull moment with Óli. Óli lives in Reykjavik but has been guiding on the East coast for many years. Óli used to be a chef at the old Selá lodge, Hvammsgerði. Óli guides mostly on the Selá every summer. He works as hard on his jokes as he does guiding and helping out our clients!

Hilmar, Six Rivers Project

Hilmar

In the winter time the actor Hilmar works as a director in the theaters in and around Reykjavik but in the summertime he travels to Vopnafjörður and guides on the Selá and Hofsá rivers. An outdoor person: he likes to fish, hunt and walk his dog. A true gentleman, Hilmar works hard for his clients in order to maximise their experience on our stunning rivers.

Practical Information

Pre-trip Information

You will find detailed pre-trip information in a downloadable pdf in the Rivers section on this website including information on:

  • International and domestic travel
  • River information, beats and rotations
  • Recommended tackle and flies
  • Catch and release rules
  • Fishing methods
  • Clothing list

Tackle Disinfection

Before travelling to Iceland every guest travelling with his own gear needs to have his equipment sterilised before entering the country.

This must be done by a certified vet who will provide you with a signed list of the sterilised equipment which you show on arrival in Keflavik. The equipment you need to have sterlised includes:

  • Rods
  • Reels
  • Flies
  • Lines
  • Waders
  • Wading boots

Tackle

You can either bring your own tackle or we can connect you with suggested suppliers in Reykjavik to hire your equipment which we can then arrange to have delivered to our lodges and ready for you on arrival.

You can fish most of the pools on our rivers with a 7 or 8 weight single handed rod, 9 1/2 to 10 ft. We do however strongly recommend that you bring a 7, 8 or 9 weight double handed rod as well.

Flies

We can recommend local suppliers where you can buy sufficient flies for your trip. We can arrange for these to be delivered to the lodges, ready for you when you arrive. Further information on flies can be found in our pre-trip documents on the Hofsá and Selá pages.

Fly lines

Our strict conservation rules require that you fish only with a floating line on our rivers: use of sinking lines and sinking tips is not permitted.

With informed, humorous and knowledgeable guides further enhancing the experience I struggle to think of anywhere else I’d rather fish for the mighty Atlantic Salmon. (Toby, Hampshire)