With classic pools initiated in fast runs and bellowing into smooth tails, Svalbardsa is one of the secret gems of Iceland, fished year in and year out by the same fishers which seldom offers much new availability. Svalbardsa is best fished with a 9-10ft 7 or 8wt. However, fishers should bring a sink tip as well as a floating line in case of higher water (even in flood the river runs very clear but for the first hour or so). Some guests bring a 12ft 8wt light double-handed rod but this is almost certainly an overkill unless guests encounter a huge flood. Tippet used should be 10-15lb breaking strain and classic Icelandic fly patterns such as micro 1″ hitching tubes, small silver and black trebles in sizes 8-16, black and red Frances tied on small trebles and also on ¼ and ½-inch tubes along with the Sunray Shadow and Collie Dog tubes to 4″ (total fly length).
The Svalbardsa self catering lodge is a traditional Icelandic small river lodge newly built and very comfortable. Full service accommodation and meals can be arranged. It happily accommodates 8 fishers (so it is perfectly feasible to take wives or family to rod-share the three rods).
For more info about Svalbardsa River visit www.hreggnasi.is