La Villa Maria Behety 4-11 January 2019 Week report
By Jack Selby
Fishing has improved this week with floating lines beginning to be effective. The team of 6 rods had a great week with a lot of laughs amongst great fishing. They landed 85 fresh fish with 16 fish over 15 pounds for an average weight of 10.1 pounds. The middle and lower river have fished best with slower sessions in the upper river.
As to be expected early season, sinking lines with nymphs were best. The EMB nymph and green machine were the most successful flies of the week fished on Skagit heads with T11-T17 tips. Having said that a floating line accounted for a 16 pounder and were more successful as the week went on. Small, fast stripped sunrays were most effective on the floating line. 12-19 pound tippets up to 14 foot were the norm.
William W was the top rod with 17 fish to the net. His biggest and the biggest fish of the week was a lovely 19 pounder.
The river is clean and clear with daily temperatures between 6 and 9 degrees Celsius. The wáter is a good height with pools showing a good flow.
Weather this past week was predictably windy mainly from the North West and often strong. The air temperature ranged between 3 and 15 degrees Celsius and with mainly clear skies the temperature dropped fast at sunset.
The West Ranga is the most prolific river in Iceland – sounds straightforward when you read it but it is when conditions are at their toughest that this fact really comes into its own.
Arctic char fishing in Greenland has been on my radar for a long time but for various reasons I have never actually taken the plunge. That all changed last year when, on the way to host a group on the East Ranga in Iceland, I spoke to Valgerdur Arnardottir (Arni Baldursson’s daughter) who had just come back from Greenland and was utterly raving about it.