Laxa i Kjos, Iceland
The Laxa i Kjos is a river you should try at least once during your life as a Salmon fisherman.
The Laxa i Kjos is the centrepiece of one of the most stunning glacially forged valleys in Southern Iceland. A narrow upper canyon splays into a gentle, peaceful, arable valley before cascading down the final falls and pools into the sea. This exceptional river and its beautiful tributary can be reached within an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. Besides being a first class salmon river, it also has a very substantial run of good sized sea trout, some straying into the 8 to 10lbs class and it goes without saying that the sea trout add another exciting angle to this wonderful river.
The Laxa is the main river, originating in lake Stiflisdalsvatn. Close to the sea, the shorter but prolific Bugda tributary enters. Laxa i Kjos is a medium volume river and is fished by 8 rods, the Bugda tributary is fished by 2 rods, the full 10 rods rotating over five beats and sharing the lodge. From late June, when the salmon run begins to strengthen, the rivers are fly fishing only.
The rivers are ideal for light line fishing, 4 to 8 weight rods, small flies, notably hitched tubes on floating lines and even dry flies have been known to work well here. The Kjos, whilst intimate and visual, invites a longer cast in some pools and therefore it might be wise to take a small double handed rod, ideally a 12ft 8wt, some larger flies and a sink tip line.
The Kjos has a phenomenal July run of strong, large sea-trout. Averaging 3 to 5lbs but with several fish in the 8 – 11lbs range, these fish tend to colonise the middle ‘meadows’ section of the river where fishers can often sight cast to an individual sea trout.
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The Laxa I Kjos has a fantastic lodge situated on the edge of the river and looking downriver to the legendary Laxfoss. It is one of the finest fishing lodges in Iceland and is a large attractive wooden lodge with a central gathering area that leads onto the open plan dining space. Each guest has their own spacious and well-appointed en-suite bedroom with a river view and a second bed should for rod sharers. The Kjos also boasts a large wader/drying room.
The food at the Lodge is simply delicious. Starting the day with Icelandic traditional foods and a classic full cooked breakfast, buffet style lunch followed by a three of four course dinner using the freshest meats and produce from Iceland.