About the area
Laugarvatn is located in the south of Iceland, approx. 60 mins drive from Reykjavik. The lake is neither large nor deep but it holds a great number of Arctic char and Brown trout. Right next to Laugarvatn is another lake that is much bigger but equally shallow called Apavatn. Apavatn has more brown trout but these two lakes are joined by the river Holaa.
The Holaa river flows into the Apavatn but then almost straight back out to the river Bruara and then to the sea. This makes an open passage for sea run species such as salmon, sea trout and sea char to run all the way up to Laugarvatn lake through Holaa river. This is not very common but in the mouth of the tail-water of Holaa there have been big salmon and trout caught as well as char.
The Laugarvatn lake is very productive in the spring especially and also very popular by the local anglers. The char are strong and willing in the early season but as the season progresses they are not as willing to take the anglers flies in the lake. As the temperatures go up they seek the cooler water of the tail-water and in July they start feeding heavily in the Holaa river.
The Holaa river is often filled with char on warm sunny days making it perfect for upstream nymphing with small midge patterns or dry fly. This area is excellent for both experienced anglers and beginners alike. The area allows fly fishing as well as spinner and bait fishing although the spinner fishing is preferred in the lake.