The Laxá in Ásum is one of those names that feature in any salmon fisherman’s top ten rivers in the world to fish. Its catch records have set it apart from Icelandic salmon rivers for decades. This quiet and somewhat humble beauty has not ceased to amaze anglers with gigantic runs of salmon and catch statistics that would make proud any salmon river many times the size of Laxá in Ásum. In this fact lies the reason why Laxá in Ásum is by most considered Iceland’s premier salmon river. Dedicated anglers, royals and celebrities alike from all over the world return here year after year to enjoy remarkable fishing, a peaceful time and the unique connection to nature. Only two rods fish Ásum so it is very private. You can fish for days without ever seeing or meeting another person.
Laxá in Ásum originates in lake Laxárvatn in North Iceland. It runs some 14 kilometers to the estuary of the river at Húnaflói, gently winding itself through the green countryside of Húnavatnssysla. On route it passes by two other lakes and the additional freshwater contributes to the excellent living conditions it provides the fish. Laxá in Ásum is a fairly small and a very clear river, from five to ten meters wide and in many areas there is little reason to wade. The river is especially well suited for riffle hitch and micro tubes.
Earliest documentation on fishing in Laxá in Ásum is from the early 13th century and from the beginning the river is noted for abundance of fish. So much that through the centuries serious conflicts regularly arose over fishing rights. Since 1940 nets have been banned and Laxá in Ásum serves fly fishing anglers only.