Over the years, Laxá í Dölum’s reputation as one of the great international Atlantic salmon fishing destinations has grown steadily and it has become a popular fishing venue for several famous public figures.
The river flows through the valley Laxárdalur and empties into the Hvammsfjördur Bay and every year it is placed among the best in Iceland, both in terms of total annual catch and in terms of fish per rod day. The total ten-year annual average catch is 1226 salmon during an 80 day season caught by 4-6 rods per day. The bulk of these fish are 5 to 12lb salmon, although every season fish in the 18 to 20lb range are caught.
Laxá í Dölum is divided into two to three sections, fished by two rods each, and in total they amount to 25 kilometers of fishable water, including 33 named pools with fabulous fly water. The majority of the pools offer easy access by four wheel drive vehicles, avoiding long hikes on difficult terrain to get to the fishing.
Flowing through a wide valley, the lower river offers a number of ideal pools for hitching and the Kristnipollur and Svarfhólsstadagrjot pools are favourites of visiting fly fishermen. In contrast, in its upper stretches, the river narrows considerably requiring fishermen to employ a variety of techniques.
The best dates to fish Laxá í Dölum tend to fall between mid July until the end of the season. However, the best fishing is determined more by water conditions than by tides or specific dates and Laxá í Dölum continues to produce fish even during very low water conditions.