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    Default Re: Patagonia/Rio Grande for trophy browns...

    Quote Originally Posted by sindrih View Post
    Looked into Iceland? We got giant sea run browns that are actually native(opposed to introduced fish in patagonia), only 5hour flight from the east coast and you will find both high end lodges as well as the more rustic lodges. Its all private waters but outfitters here happily sell you licenses and let you DIY.

    Full disclosure I run an outfitter in Iceland so apolagize if this comes of as solicitating which I know is against forum rules, just thought Id suggest it since brown trout fishing here seems to tick many of your boxes. Prices vary hugely but you can definatly get a weeks fishing for a lot less then 8K.
    Very interesting. Is there any other fish to be caught up there? We had looked at Greenland and arctic char but were kind of turned off to the fact that the waters are 100% sterile and the only life in them are the arctic char that run up seasonally. No chance to hook into something else to mix it up.

    I honestly think Alaska ruined me. That was my first real big trip and we floated a remote NW Alaska river for 7 days. We targeted dolly varden but also caught chum salmon, pink salmon, grayling, and even saw a burbot. I will look into Iceland. Not sure that was even on my radar.

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    Default Re: Patagonia/Rio Grande for trophy browns...

    Quote Originally Posted by cwb124 View Post
    Very interesting. Is there any other fish to be caught up there? We had looked at Greenland and arctic char but were kind of turned off to the fact that the waters are 100% sterile and the only life in them are the arctic char that run up seasonally. No chance to hook into something else to mix it up.

    I honestly think Alaska ruined me. That was my first real big trip and we floated a remote NW Alaska river for 7 days. We targeted dolly varden but also caught chum salmon, pink salmon, grayling, and even saw a burbot. I will look into Iceland. Not sure that was even on my radar.
    Sea-run browns as well as resident browns, Arctic Char, sea-run and resident, and Atlantic Salmon. Salmon fishing tends to be lot more expensive(you'll run into the same as with Patagonia on a lot of the better salmon rivers that you have to buy ridicules 5 star accommodations as a whole package, you can still find good salmon fishing for reasonable price though just requires a little more searching as the high-end places obviously advertise a lot more and they tend to be a little further drive from Reykjavk). Most rivers will have more than just one species.

    August-Oct is usually the best time for Sea-Run browns, Salmon start running in June and throughout the season(Oct). Resident brown and Char fishing is usually best June-Sept(June/July if you want dry fly action, August/Sept for more streamers). Id looks into Lake Thingvallavatn as well if you want big browns and don't mind lake fishing, think Jurassic or Pyramid lake but with Browns instead of rainbows and cutties.

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    Default Re: Patagonia/Rio Grande for trophy browns...

    I'd just like to validate what sindrih is saying. Although I haven't fished in Iceland myself I've gillied a lot of guests who have - and seen the photos! If it's specimen browns you want then Thingvallavatn must be considered. There be monsters, as the old maps read. I didn't mention Iceland earlier because I figured Patagonia = southern hemisphere = 'winter season fishing' from a northern perspective, but if you're not restricted to a winter trip then go Google.
    The salmon fishing, I understand, can be spectacular on many rivers but it's subject to the same vagaries of weather and fate as anywhere. Fine it you hit it right but a costly time if you don't. Forgive me, sindrih, but as I understand it from a UK perspective, Iceland is an expensive holiday destination - alcohol especially!
    An attraction for me, should I ever make it, is that many Icelandic salmon rivers tend to be gin-clear. Sure, this makes the fish easily spooked but, after a lifetime of fishing for salmon in peaty waters, guessing where they might lie, I'd love to spend some time just observing them in the play of the river.
    One of my guests was guided by a woman who specialises in upstream nymphing for salmon (iIrc). Maybe sindrih knows who I mean as I believe she's well known there?

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    Default Re: Patagonia/Rio Grande for trophy browns...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Chessman View Post
    I'd just like to validate what sindrih is saying. Although I haven't fished in Iceland myself I've gillied a lot of guests who have - and seen the photos! If it's specimen browns you want then Thingvallavatn must be considered. There be monsters, as the old maps read. I didn't mention Iceland earlier because I figured Patagonia = southern hemisphere = 'winter season fishing' from a northern perspective, but if you're not restricted to a winter trip then go Google.
    The salmon fishing, I understand, can be spectacular on many rivers but it's subject to the same vagaries of weather and fate as anywhere. Fine it you hit it right but a costly time if you don't. Forgive me, sindrih, but as I understand it from a UK perspective, Iceland is an expensive holiday destination - alcohol especially!
    An attraction for me, should I ever make it, is that many Icelandic salmon rivers tend to be gin-clear. Sure, this makes the fish easily spooked but, after a lifetime of fishing for salmon in peaty waters, guessing where they might lie, I'd love to spend some time just observing them in the play of the river.
    One of my guests was guided by a woman who specialises in upstream nymphing for salmon (iIrc). Maybe sindrih knows who I mean as I believe she's well known there?
    Iceland's expensive, think New York or London prices for drinks or dining out. But if you just hit the supermarkets and stock up in the duty free on alcahol its not horrible.
    Salmon fishing out of the nicer lodges, also crazy expensive(comparable to the Patagonia Prices listed earlier in the thread and higher). But you can still DIY(still have to rod fees for each day but plenty of great fishing spots that don't require you to buy a high-end lodge and guide along with the rod fee) or guided trout trips with full board, still expensive but usually cheaper then prices if seen for Alaska and such places. And in general trout fishing is just way cheaper.
    British noblemen started coming to Iceland for salmon fishing in the 1800s so the farmers have 200 years' experience of trying to fleece rich foreign aristocrats wanting some salmon fishing. Trout fishing though has always been for the commoners here, weve seen a trend of rising prices for trout fishing in the last few years though, especially places like ION beats on Thingvallvatn that are trying to emulate the salmon fishing model here but luckly we still have plenty of decent priced options. Easy jet does dirt cheap flights from the UK now as well so that would cut down a lot of cost.

    You most mean Katka, fished with her once, nice lady. Not to uncommon to up stream for salmon here, especially in the smaller clear rivers and creeks. Trying to swing can be tough when they see you.

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