George Percy tackles Iceland with Fulling Mill flies
Earlier this year I had the good fortune to join a team of friends to fish the Laxa in Kjos, one of the most stunning glacially-forged valleys in Western Iceland where a narrow upper canyon splays into a gentle, peaceful, arable valley before cascading down the final falls and pools into the sea.
Amongst a mountain of kit I took a full set of the latest Fulling Mill flies, including their Micro Hitches, small Sunrays, Hairy Mary’s as well as a full set of their lethal Conehead Black & Red Francis’s. As ever with the Fulling Mill range, there aren’t many gaps when it comes to choosing the right fly, be it for trout on the Annan, Salmon on the North Tyne or Sea Trout on the Kjos.
Over four days, our team of eight rods took thirty nine grilse (in low water conditions), as well as three sea trout, all of which were around 10lbs, and providing us with some fantastic sport surrounded by staggering scenery. Our trip was expertly organised by Peter Rippon at the Fly Fisher Group (recently merged with Roxtons.)
Overall the trip was a huge success and I look forward to returning in the near future when I hope to try some of the latest Fulling Mill patterns, targeted at the Icelandic rivers, which are due to hit the shops in mid 2016…