West Ranga/Ytri Rangá


West Rangá, is one of the best known salmon river in Iceland.  Not only for its beauty and great variety of fishing pools, but also for the high volume of salmon caught there every year.  West Rangá usually ends as the most productive salmon river in Iceland.

Stability is why the West Rangá produces such high numbers of salmon per rod/day. It is never low in water. It is seldom, if ever coloured due to flooding and heavy rains. The only enemy could be high winds, but there is always the opposite bank….right?
The headwaters of West Rangá are near the foot of the spectacular Mt. Hekla, one of the country’s active volcanoes.  This entirely spring-fed source is responsible for both the consistent water temperature and flow.

Location: South of Iceland, about 90 km from Reykjavik. Take Highway 1 South towards Selfoss. Drive through Selfoss towards Hella. A few hundred meters before Hella there is a sign on your right that says Þykkvibær. Turn right at that sign and drive about 2 km and then you see the lodge at your left hand side. The lodge is located at the riverside, with a great overview to the Rangafludir, homepool to the West Ranga river one of the most productive salmon pools in the world.

Fishing season 2016: June 23th – October 23th

Fishing season 2017: June 20th  – October 20th

Tackle: Double handed rods 12-14 feet #8-10 or Switch rods 10-12 feet # 5-8 will work very good, also single handed rods can be used during the summer season. Best lines will be floating og sink tip lines with fast sink of super fast sinking leaders.

Best flies: HKA Sunray, Frances both on hooks and tubes, Sunray Shadow, Black & Blue, Snælda, Mentalizer, Collie Dog and even hitch tubes. Micro tubes work well in the autumn. We carry all the right tackle and flies for the river in our shop at the lodge, so dont worry you will always be able to get the right gear for the river when you are guest at the West Ranga Lodge.