The lower beat, Laxárdalur, is wide and shallow and is a little like bonefishing for trout. The upper section at Mývatnssveit is wonderfully braided with fast runs, pocket water and crystal clear water. Pools for the most part are grass banked, wide, and with a relatively even bottom. There are the intermittent lava shelves that drop away, hidden from someone reading the surface, in turn creating some excellent lies. As these fish live in fast and powerful water they are extremely strong, and hooking one will test your tackle and skill. Some Icelanders fish with streamers, but upstream dry fly and nymph tactics are considerably more effective. Although there is none of our normal variety of biting mosquitoes in Iceland, they do have a number of other chronomids that the trout feed on readily. The brown trout in the Laxá-river in Aðaldal have only a few short months of the Icelandic summer to feed as much as possible, so they really feed hard below or above the surface.
The 90 day season normally produces from 3-5.000 wild brown trout, with the best years producing up to 8.000. This is truly one of the places to visit to experience spectacular nature and some of the best trout fishing in Europe.