The East Rangá has received wide acclaim, along with its sister river, West Rangá as two of Iceland’s top producers over the last 15 years. In fact the two annually vie for the number 1 position, with East Rangá edging out the West by just 70 fish with an astounding 6280 fish landed! (The West did finish number 1 in 2009 with an astounding 10,749 fish landed!). A 3000 fish season is an exceptional number for any river in Iceland, and it’s only been with the advent of the two Rangás in the past 20 years that we’ve seen unworldly numbers up over 5,000, even 10,000 fish landed!
The Rangá is located in the lush southern part of Iceland, approximately a one hour drive east of Reykjavík.
The river system consists of the main river West Rangá and it’s smaller tributary, East or Eystri Rangá. The entire system provides 70 kilometers of salmon water but the 22 kilometers of the East Rangá are extremely productive.
The Rangá’s success is due to a unique smolt rearing and stocking program that has moved it from a minor salmon producer by Icelandic standards to the most productive salmon river system of the past 2 decades! This program continues to improve and the future of the Rangá’s incredible runs seem assured.
The East Rangá is a medium sized river and can be covered easily with either single or double handed rod. The river’s natural flow is augmented by some glacial melt which keeps water temperatures cooler than many other Icelandic Rivers. For this reason, sunk fly techniques (weighted tube flies are the norm early in the season), often in conjunction with sink tip lines (or sinking leaders) are frequently more productive. Later in the season, fish will often respond to smaller flies fished on floating lines, but periods of unusually warm weather can increase glacial run off and actually cool the river, so anglers need to be prepared to try a variety of methods.
As with most south coast rivers, the Rangá run is primarily grilse, usually ranging from 5 – 9 pounds. The average fish is slightly more than 7 pounds. 2-sea-winter salmon generally range from 12 to 20-pounds, but specimens as large as 27 pounds have been landed. Peak weeks have seen 400 – 500 salmon caught by 14 – 16 rods. Like its sister river, the West Rangá, East Rangá’s pools are easily accessible by car, and offer very easy wading.
The luxurious, new, riverside Rangá Lodge offers anglers services and amenities commensurate with this world-class fishery. The new lodge features a large living room-lounge area which houses the bar and is tastefully decorated with an array of overstuffed leather couches and chairs. Each double occupancy room has it’s own
private bath with shower and ample closet and shelving for storage. Outside on the deck, anglers enjoy a soothing soak in the Jacuzzi after a long day on the water. Sumptuous international cuisine is prepared by the lodge’s award winning chef and served in the lodge dining room.
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