The West Rangá has vied with her sister river, the East Rangá, for the #1 & #2 positions as Iceland’s most productive salmon river for the past 15 years. 2010 was no exception with the West Rangá finishing 2nd in total catch with 6,210 fish. The East edged her out with 6,280, but the West shattered Icelandic all time records with an astounding 10,749 fish landed in 2009!
Rangá is located in the lush southern part of Iceland, approximately a one-hour drive east of Reykjavík. The West Rangá is the larger of the two tributaries with over 50 kilometers of salmon water. The West is essentially an enormous spring creek and as such, enjoys much greater stability of flows than the East.
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 decade. This program continues to improve and the future of the Rangá’s incredible runs seem assured.
The West Rangá is a medium to large size river, but fished entirely by wading, and most of the lies and can be covered easily with either single or double-handed rod.
Due to its entirely spring-fed source, the West Rangá enjoys consistent flows as well as cooler water temperatures than many other Icelandic Rivers. For this reason, sunk fly techniques, often in conjunction with sink tip lines (or sinking leaders) are frequently more productive. During warm weather, fish will often respond to smaller flies fished on floating lines, but anglers need to be prepared to try a variety of methods.
As with most south coast rivers, the Rangá is primarily a grilse river. Rangá grilse are quite large by comparison to Canadian grilse, and usually range from 6 – 9 pounds (grilse as heavy as 10 pounds are not uncommon and fish under 5 pounds are rare). 2-sea-winter salmon range from 12 to 20 pounds, with the occasionally fish over 25. Peak weeks have seen in excess of 500 salmon caught by 12 rods.
Accommodations at West Ranga are in the brand new lodge overlooking Home Pool. Each full rod has its own private room, and there are ample accommodations for full rod sharing. The comfortable rooms each have two twin beds, full private baths and ample closet and shelving space for storing items.
Meals and socializing occur in the newly refurbished main house lodge, adjacent to the sleep lodge, and also overlooking the “hot spot” in Home Pool. The lounge area offers comfortable over-stuffed leather couches and chairs making a comfortable spot to unwind and exchange stories from the day.
West Ranga is fished in two daily 6-hour sessions; from 7:00 am to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Because of the lengthy fishing day, rod sharing is popular giving each angler 6 hours of daily fishing. The river is limited to a maximum of 12 rods and is divided into five, two-rod beats in a rotation that changes after lunch each day.
All the pools on West Ranga are easily accessible by car and little walking is required. Experienced English speaking guides with 4-wheel drive vehicle are provided at a ratio of one guide for each two-rods.
For Reservations, Contact:
P.O. Box 872
Old Lyme, CT 06371
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