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This fishing opens up possibilities to try and learn many different techniques: many fish were caught and lost and some absolute monsters spotted
Patrick Senior (Bristol, UK)
Catch & Release
This fishing opens up possibilities to try and learn many different techniques: many fish were caught and lost and some absolute monsters spotted.
Patrick Senior. (Bristol, UK)
If there are two things that characterize fly fishing in the Pyrenees it is the sheer variety of scenery and the very shy trout that bolt for cover at the slightest danger. These trout descend from the native gene pool of Mediterranean trout.
So fly fishing for these wary trout in their natural habitat entails the mastery of different techniques and using the right ones in each of the different fishing scenarios where trout will be encountered
The range of possibilities expands dramatically when you realize that you can find trout waters from the foothills to the upper areas of the Pyrenees; from 600 feet above sea level to just over 8000 feet.
Dry fly fishing is the best way to fish these rivers if you know when to use this technique in each stretch of water. Many fishing sessions organized by SALVELINUS involve 100% dry fly fishing and that means sight fishing too!
Nymphing is, however, the most productive way to fish in the majority of these waters.
Fly fishing with lures or streamers as they are sometimes referred to, is also successful, albeit more with rainbows than with other trout species.
Logically, the rod length and line weight are dictated by the technique to be used, the species and size of trout we are going to target and the place and time of year
“The only rods you should need are: a 4-weight for dry flies and a 6-weight for nymphs and streamers/lures. Bring a selection of loop to loop sink tips for fishing streamers/lures at different depths and a 150-200 grains sink tip line if you come in spring or fall, just in case. 4X and 5X tippets get the job done. The fish don´t seem to be leader shy when it comes to streamers/lures, so 2X is fine. A fairly standard collection of flies is all you need, including some terrestrials and attractor patterns”
American Angler Magazine (USA)
Anglers should plan for weather extremes. In a single day, anglers can go from shirtsleeve fishing to having to wear layers of clothing for protection against the cold and wind.
From mid July to mid September the weather can be hot: up to 30-35º Celsius degrees ( 85-95 F) in some lower areas.
We use rods from 7 to 8ft 6 inch long rigged with 3 or 4 weight lines for summer dry fly fishing in small streams and brooks.
We mainly use 9ft / 9ft 6 inch long rods rated for a 6-weight line for fishing streamers. 11ft switch rods rated for a 7-weight line for fishing lures/streamers in still waters and for sinking lines in big rivers during the thaw.
Rods from 9ft 6inch to 10 ft long rods rated for 4 or 5 weight lines rigged for dry fly, tandem and nymph are by far and away the standard outfit for rivers.
It’s hard to imagine a hatch of fly so dense that the naturals collide with your rod during casting. This is exactly what happened one evening and, as darkness fell, clouds of spinners dropped to the water when it seemed every trout in the river was rising, a truly amazing sight and I felt privileged to witness such an event so close to your Lodge
Paul Procter (Cumbria, UK) Professional angler
Once a guest completes his reservation SALVELINUS will be happy to provide him with a complete study of the native flies for each month.
The pure Pyrenean waters are rich in freshwater insect life.
Although stoneflies are present from the start of the season to the middle of July, May and June is when trout feast on them.
There is a wide range of mayflies; the most important are stream mayflies or heptagenia and small mayflies or baetidae.
Caddis or sedge flies are widespread in a variety of colors and sizes and make up a significant part of a trout´s food supply. The shucks often carpet the bottom of certain trout waters. Sometimes a lucky angler will witness a massive hatch allied with trout in a feeding frenzy. Prospecting the waters with a general nymph pattern is often effective.
The lower stretches of many rivers sometimes provide opportunities to fish with imitations of two-winged flies.
Anglers should always have flying ant and wasp patterns in their fly box just in case!
Dragonflies and their nymphs are important in the lower stretches of certain waters
Terrestrials are widespread in the Pyrenees in the summer and can be effective, too.
There are a good number of beautiful rivers and fish in the Spanish Pyrenees with effective Catch & Release rules
Fly Fisher Japan Magazine. (JAPAN)
The first catch and release stretch of water in Spain was set up more than 30 years ago.
Regional governments believe firmly in catch and release. The best policy is one of catch and release in those waters that have sufficient capacity to sustain native wild trout in natural conditions.
It is estimated that in the near future 80% of Pyrenean waters in the province of Huesca will be catch and release.
90% of the waters fished by Salvelinus are subject to the rules of catch and release. Policies set up in the last few years and aimed at conserving the genetically native trout are beginning to yield significant results, with larger or more plentiful populations.
SALVELINUS company´s philosophy is founded on: respect for the environment, the sustainable development of fishing and making the sport more popular within a conservationist approach. Salvelinus owners and guides hold a deep reverence for the rivers, streams and lakes of the Pyrenees.
Salvelinus Fishing Adventures is a strict practitioner of catch and release fishing. The company firmly believes that a policy of catch and release is a moral obligation even in well conserved rivers and lakes. The waters will thus sustain stable profiles of fish populations with specimens of different sizes.