Updated
2008-
12-14
Swedish version
   

Dry Fly Fishing in Pyrenees
by Salvelinus Fishing Adventures

  Fishing conditions in the region

Fly fishing on these waters in the right season and at the right spot, is one of the most exciting, challenging and enjoyable experiences for the subtle fisherman.

The rivers and the habits of the trout in them are perfect for dry-fly lovers: each beat, pool or lake provides a different challenge for this style of fishing which offers the best results over other techniques.

Fly fishing in the Pyrenees is for those who are looking for something different. Surrounded by wild, unspoilt countryside, the whole day can be spent without even seeing another angler.

Rather than fishing for enormous fish with a sinking line; you will experience the heady sensation of actively and continuously sight-fishing for wild trout between 0.5-2 lb.

  Welcome to the Pyrenees

The Mountains and Rivers of Northern Spain – Angling Adventures for the Fly- Fisherman.

“A lifetime experience fly fishing for native brown and brook trout on rivers and lakes set amongst wild and unspoilt landscapes...” defines flyfishing in the Spanish Pyrenees with your hosts SALVELINUS.

In these superb surroundings SALVELINUS invites you to discover one of the most exclusive dry-fly fishing destinations for salmonids in Europe due to the excellent quality of the waters and the elusive character of the trout they hold.

  The Aragonese Pyrenees

The word “Aragon” comes from a language older than Celtic (13th Century B.C.) meaning “region of water courses”. This gives the visitor an idea of the region’s ancient, close ties with the waters of the Pyrenees. Thousand-year old traditions, a product of this region’s long history, have created a rich cultural heritage set in an extraordinary variety of landscapes.

The total population of the region is around 1 million inhabitants, some 650,000 of which live in the capital city, Zaragoza [which holds the 2008 Expo] This means that the overall density of population in Aragon is very low. In the mountainous northern province of the region, Huesca there are only some 20 inhabitants per square mile. This means there are extensive areas of wild, unspoilt countryside cut by rivers and streams and dotted by lakes and tarns for you to enjoy.

The River Ebro and its tributaries form the main river system of Northern Spain. The rivers of the Aragonese Pyrenees alone constitute more than 50% of this system. Additionally this region, the central section of the Pyrenees, is home to most of the sub-systems, valleys and 3000- metre peaks.

  Pyrenees, waters for fly fishing

There are the famous rivers fished by Hemingway when he was attending the Sanfermines bullfighting fiestas in the 20's and again in the late 50's. With over 800 miles of water courses to choose from, there is every possible combination of fishing condition to experience but in general these medium-sized rivers have distinct characteristics:

Source: typical high mountain streams with large rocks and rapids.

Mid-section: more comfortable fishing with smaller rocks, rapids, churning pools and calm water with an average width of 10 to 15 yards.

Lower reaches: slower flowing water up to 90 yards wide. The rivers here are between 2 and 6 feet deep so are suitable for wading. Temperatures vary between 50-60 Fahrenheit (11-17C.)

Hidden in the high mountains (2000 metres and above), there are a large number of Ibons (a high-mountain lake of glacial origin) These lakes are normally only accessible by trekking on foot for between 2 and 6 hours.

  Flies

Insects hatch in abundance from April to September and the variety of species is enormous due to the high quality of the water. The most widely used and successful flies include:

  • Mayflies & caddis no 12-18

  • Stoneflies, flat & cad. Nymphs no 8-14

It is important not to forget:

  • Attractors no 12-16

  • Varied terrestrial no 8-12

  • Streamers in natural colours no 6-8

Once your reservation is complete we will be happy to provide you with a complete study of the natural flies for each month.

  Rods & Lines

For dry-fly fishing on rivers we suggest rods be 8 to 9 feet and of between 3 to 4 in gauge. Floating line. 8 to 10 foot trailers with a final tippet of 5X to 7X.

For lake fishing we recommend a 9’ or 9’ 6” rod of between 5 to 6 in gauge, floating WF line, 10 to 12 foot trailers and a taper of 2X to 5X.

  Fishing season

General
1st of March – 30th of November

High Mountain
1st of June – 30th of September

June-July is the best season for Dry-Fly
Fishing July-August is the best season for High Mountain Fishing

  Fishery management

The regional administration is responsible for fisheries management. It is necessary to have a regional (Aragon) fishing licence (there is no national fishing licence in Spain as there is in other countries).

The fishing beats are between 3 Km and 30 Km long with restricted access where it is necessary to have a personal day permit in addition to the regional licence. We are able to process applications for your licence if necessary and relevant permits.

Legislation (and enforcement) is very strict and catch-and-release is compulsory in most areas.

  Climate, fauna & flora

The southern face of the Pyrenean range, our area, has a very favourable climate.

The average temperature during the fishing season (June to August) is around 60-80 Fahrenheit (16- 26C.) In winter snow covers the majority of the valleys where we usually fish.

The Aragonese Pyrenees has many protected natural areas covering approximately 8% of the region. There are also 200,000 hectares of hunting grounds.

There are many species of wild animals, reptiles and birds in the Pyrenees – from brown bears to fire salamanders. Egyptian, griffon and bearded vulture, golden eagle, dipper, capercailles, wild boar, sarrio (similar to chamois), mountain goat, eagle owl and red squirrel are all frequent sights to accompany a day’s fishing. There is also the possibility of spotting the elusive Pyrenean desman in the higher mountain streams.

Text and photos by Salvelius Fishing Adventures © 2008

Visit site for more info:
Salvelinus Fishing Adventures Spanish Pyrenees

"SALVELINUS is a dynamic company with dedicated fly fishing specialists working in the earth of Pyrenees Mountains of northern Spain, to offer you the best option in each moment. At work, our main objective is your complete satisfaction if you chose a fishing trip with us.

Once inside our organization you’ll see it in everything around-all day long doing our best in the following areas:
Fly Fishing Lodge
Fly Fishing School
Alpine Fishing Routes

We strive to achieve the utmost quality in our products and services in order insure their success and exclusivity."

 

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