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Published May 21, 2023 Updated May 22, 2023

Salmon Flies

Icelandic pack featuring a different salmon fly on every card.

1996 Iceland Piatnik Sports Add to Collection

Historically, commercial fishing always played a key part in the Icelandic economy. Nowadays, recreational fishing is a popular pastime, given this island nation’s network of lakes and rivers. Among the different species of fish found in Icelandic waters, salmon can only be fished from June to September, and only in freshwater. Several hundred different types of salmon fly exist, of which 52 are displayed in full colour in this pack, named top and bottom. The pack exists with red or blue patterned backs. See the box

Salmon Flies playing cards published by Laxakort hf, Reykjavik, Iceland, c1996 Salmon Flies playing cards published by Laxakort hf, Reykjavik, Iceland, c1996
Salmon Flies playing cards published by Laxakort hf, Reykjavik, Iceland, c1996

Above: Salmon Flies playing cards published by Laxakort hf, Reykjavik, Iceland, c1996. Printed by Piatnik, Vienna, Austria. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers + 1 extra card in tuck box. Size: 58 x 89 mm.

Laxaflugur = salmon flies in Icelandic.

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