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Laxa in Leirarsveit

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64.394252° N 21.829890° W

This is one of Iceland’s main rivers. It is of medium volume and fished with seven daily rods. The catch has varied from 700 to 1400 salmon in a single season. It has recently declined slightly as most other rivers in the country have swung up.

Fisheries biologists are not worried though. Last season there were more fish than the logs suggest, as long and hard droughts drove great numbers of the salmon into the lakes at the headwaters. The salmon did not return until late in the season. The farmers manage the river themselves with some help from local businessmen.

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