Jökulsá a Brú (Jökla river)
The Jökla system lies just to the north of Egilsstadir town and runs a 62 miles (100 km) course to the sea. Jökla once had the greatest density of silt of any river in the land, but now runs clear for most of the summer thanks to the hydro- electric dam that was built at the very top of the river in 2006.
The Angling Club Strengir are taking advantage of this clear water by building a fishery stocks with a smolt releasing program, using fish bred from Jökla natives. Last season was only the sixth year of operation. There is still a way to go, but the catch increases each year.
Fish are being released into all the major tributaries throughout the system. Most of the effort is concentrated on the lower river, which contains the three major tributaries and fisheries. These are the Fossá, Laxá and Kaldá. The Fögruhlíðará is a separate stream which runs parallel to the Jökla in the very lower reach of the valley. All have natural stocks of salmon, sea-run char and sea-trout are found in the latter.
There are numerous pools on the Jökla and as effort has been focused mostly on the gorge section upstream of the bridge carrying Route 1 over the river and down the river from there. A fish pass has been built to secure the steady run of fish to the upper Jökla.
The fishing on the tributaries is varied and gives a pleasant contrast to the daily rotation of beats. With over 31 miles (50 km) of water for 6-8 rods, as usual with the fishing, there is always a good choice of water. The short Fossá and Laxá are ideal for fishing with a single-hand rod. The Kaldá is a longer and bigger river containing more numerous pools than the other two tributaries. Finally, there is the Fögruhlíðará. It has the character of a meadow stream. Most of the salmon fishing is found in its upper half.
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