Sela is one of Iceland’s great rivers with salmon being able to access the whole 55km of its length. Though a double-handed rod river, it is very intimate and technical die to the variety of water. Lies have to be fished to specifically, with sound/line management and perfect presentation. With gin clear water, it meanders its way in and out of gorges and more open areas. Sela is a flagship of the NAFS as an example of how good management can improve the salmon stocks and benefit riparian owners.
This is perhaps the most interesting and challenging river in Iceland with clear powerful water populated by a mixed run of salmon from 20lbs fish down to grilse. The fish react superbly to skated and tiny flies as well as skated collies and sunrays.
Sela probably has the most modern lodge in Iceland. It is very spacious with fine rooms with large, modern ensuite bathrooms, some rooms even have baths! The common parts of the lodge are equally spacious. A superb lodge with great views over the river.
Sela requires larger flies and sink-tip or slow-sinking lines. By mid-season the rivers have dropped, temperatures have risen and floating lines are the norm. There is no river where the fish react better to skated and/or small flies or a skated collie/sunray. Double hander river.
Sela is one of the top rivers in Iceland. Hope for good numbers of fish from grilse to well into the teens caught on small flies and the hitch in reliable water. Certainly expect to enjoy the lodge and the food too, usually with a charming team of guides. Located in the north-east of Iceland, Sela is close to Vopnafjordur and only 25 mins from its airport. Alternatively you can fly into Reykjavik airport by private jet, 8 hrs away; or Keflavik airport, 8 hrs away.
Every trip to Iceland is different with a varying number of days fishing, possibly in different areas staying in different lodges and with or without non-fishing extensions. Therefore, every trip is by quotation once planned based on your choices and preferences as well as choice of accommodation.
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