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GENERAL: How do I get there?
You will fly to Barcelona International Airport-El Prat (BCN) where a lodge’s chauffeur will meet and transfer you to the lodge in a 2.5 – 3 hours’ drive.
GENERAL: When should I go?
From early March to end of November. You will be fishing on extremely diverse scenarios at different elevations, from 600 to 7800 feet above sea level, to enjoy comfortable weather conditions with specific opportunities including dry fly fishing. March to June offer the most consistent hatches. June to September is the time for a variety of species and scenarios, including evening hatches, backcountry options and Heli fly-outs. September to mid-October usually means nice fishing on stable weather, and late October to the end November bring prolific nymphing and streamer fishing.
GENERAL Who is best suited to this destination?
Anglers of all skill levels. Avid anglers seeking to get the most out of Europe´s fly fishing opportunities love this program. Well-traveled anglers and folks who like really well-run operations with a wide range of fishing options including chances at trophy fish, are often the ones who return to Salvelinus year after year. With a travel companion program rarely found in the industry, and delicious food and wine, Salvelinus is also great for couples, families, private parties, and anniversary celebrations.
GENERAL: Should I bring my equipment & flies?
It is fully optional as Salvelinus provides gear at no extra cost:
We suggest bringing:
You should bring:
GENERAL: What is a typical day like?
Please note that at Salvelinus, we’re pretty flexible with the timing. The schedule is customized according to your preferences, season conditions, and to the specific opportunities available at each time.
GENERAL: How far away are the fishing grounds?
30 minutes – 1 hour drive
GENERAL: Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
Yes, there are several managers on site for anglers and travel companions.
LODGE: Is there Internet and cell service?
Yes for both. WIFI is available at the lodges. Phone coverage is pretty good all over Spain. Guides are equipped with satellite phones for the heli fly-outs.
LODGE: Is there spa and gym facilities?
Arén Lodge has a spa and wellness center fitted with a massage room, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym.
LODGE: Is there a menu for those with food restrictions?
Yes. Before your arrival, you will receive a questionnaire to indicate your food restrictions, allergies and preferences. Our chefs will prepare your food based the information you filled up.
BOOKING: Is there any hidden expenses?
No. Ground transportation from/to Barcelona, licenses, club waters’ permit, wines & drinks, even laundry, and spa, are included in the packages. You would not have to worry about anything from the moment your chauffeur picks you up from Barcelona to the moment of your departure. Helicopter fly-outs and gratuities are the only exceptions.
BOOKING: What is the payment and cancellation policy?
Payment should preferably be made via bank wire transfer. 50% of the total payment is made (as deposit) the moment you confirm your reservation, and the remaining balance should be paid 60 days prior to arrival.
Cancellations with more than 90 days before arrival: 100% of sum paid can be used as future deposit. Cancellations from 90 to 45 days, 50% of sum paid can be used as future deposit. Cancellations less than 45 days, 20% of sum paid can be used as future deposit.
BOOKING: Can I hire and pay for extra services at the lodge?
We are so sorry but we CANNOT accept any payment at the lodge, neither by cash or credit cards, so be sure you have booked any of the services you desire in advance. All fly fishing and tour guides, single rates, and extra services / upgrades must be booked and paid in advance prior your arrival.
FLY FISHING: Can the fishing be customized to my interests?
Salvelinus is well-known for its ability to customize program to the anglers’ preferences. That is why we ask for your interests when you first make your inquiry and also along the booking process. We will adapt each itinerary based on weather and water conditions prior the welcome briefing and over the course of your stay.
FLY FISHING: How is the wading and hiking like?
The program is all wade fishing. Technical wading is not required since there are different wading options from semi-flat riverbeds for easy wading to freestones that are fully manageable with studded boots. There is no long hike for the most part, but it can be as physically demanding as you like with plenty of backcountry waters at your disposal.
FLY FISHING: What if I have never fly fished before?
Private on-water lessons and casting instruction are available at no extra cost, prior reservation required. This is an ideal destination with a seasoned team of guides and instructors for those new to trout fishing looking for a week of detailed, on-water instruction.
MULTI ACTIVITY: Can I extend my fishing trip with side tours?
You can easily add some extra days for enjoying private wine touring, sightseeing, cultural visits, and adventure sports like kayaking or hiking in National Parks. You are only required to book this in advance.
MULTI ACTIVITY: Should companions decide the itinerary before arrival?
Not necessary. You will be asked before your arrival about your travel companions’ preferences for culture, nature, adventure, or wellness. Please note that the multi activity program is a flexible itinerary that is customized according to available options and to guests interests at the specific point in time.
MULTI ACTIVITY: Is it possible for companions accompany angler?
Travel companions can choose from going into multi-activity program for the entire day or just for part-time. Having lunch together is a possible option most of the time. We just need to know this preference in advance so we can plan it accordingly.
Trips to the Pyrenees are usually quite logistically challenging, especially if there are non-anglers in the group and or you are doing more than one location on your Spanish holiday. These kinds of logistically complex trips are no problem at all for Salvelinus.
Another wonderful feature of the experience at Salvelinus is that everything is included in the price, including all meals and drinks, including local wines with lunch and dinner. The only extra is a gratuity for the guides and staff.
Good company – culture – food –and fishing (“CCFF-top”) that is a wonderful combination (not necessarily in this order … )