Eastern Pyrenees

Fly fishing scenarios where no one else reaches

From UNESCO’s biosphere reserves or preserved National Parks to recondite fly fishing spots, 700 miles of river and 20 lakes within an hour drive from Salvelinus’ Eastern Pyrenees location, Arén Lodge. Truly magnificent valleys between Spain and France set against a setting of rugged alpine wilderness and filled with sparkling waters as clear as glass.

Fly Fishing in Eastern Pyrenees

Eastern Pyrenees is an incomparable Salvelinus destination

Arén Lodge is located in the Pyrenees foothills between Aragon and Catalonia, the ideal spot from where to explore Eastern Pyrenees. In Arén, population 300, there is something for everyone, from a Baroque cathedral to dinosaur footprints and everything in between. Unique fly fishing, rugged countryside, wildly flavorful food, and plenty of dry-land activities to spare non-fishers. Even if you never wet a line, you will always remember this trip.

Anglers

From March to November, fly fishing in Eastern Pyrenees is full of possibilities. The high-mountain waters of Eastern Pyrenees are ideal for browns and the native Zebra trout and the mid and lower stretches for browns and rainbows.

Companions

The perfect trip for couples, blending first rate fly fishing with European charm, to fully immerse on the authentic rural taste of Spain. Salvelinus offers numerous activities ranging from cultural tours in historic venues to gourmet experiences including tapas and wine tastings and even adventures for children.

Fly Fishing in Arén

EASTERN PYRENEES

Fly fishing in Eastern Pyrenees with Salvelinus

Experience the thrill of scouting freestone rivers for the most voracious Zebra Trout, explore prolific tailwaters in search for a Brown Trout, or find excellent pocket waters on a chalkstream where to sight-fish. If you want to try something different, dare with a stealthy Iberian Barbel. They are as interesting as fun to catch!

In the preternaturally clear water of Eastern Pyrenees, you will experience the heady sensation of sight-fishing in such a wilderness that sometimes it will feel like casting into the sky itself.

Life is better when angling in Eastern Pyrenees

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Eastern Pyrenees

Variety of species, sizes, and fly fishing scenarios

The variety of waters and species makes Eastern Pyrenees a perfect destination for a made-to-measure fly fishing adventure. If you are looking for dry fly in high country waters or fly fishing in medium and low mountain rivers as well as tailwaters, Eastern Pyrenees will satisfy all your fly fishing cravings. Salvelinus’ regular weekly programs include an easily adaptable mix of scenarios and techniques.

Zebra Trout

Considered not only the fastest trout and one of the most challenging to catch but a living fossil. The Zebra Trout is also a subspecies of Brown Trout belonging to a Mediterranean lineage which survived the latest Ice Age and because of that, it is considered the oldest trout in Europe. Extremely alert and able to disappear instantly, its speed taking the fly is outstanding. Although there are very dense populations of small individuals, there are also trophy specimens of Zebra Trout mostly in remote high mountain lakes.

Zebra Trout

Considered not only the fastest trout and one of the most challenging to catch but a living fossil. The Zebra Trout is also a subspecies of Brown Trout belonging to a Mediterranean lineage which survived the latest Ice Age and because of that, it is considered the oldest trout in Europe. Extremely alert and able to disappear instantly, its speed taking the fly is outstanding. Although there are very dense populations of small individuals, there are also trophy specimens of Zebra Trout mostly in remote high mountain lakes.

Brown Trout

Brown Trout is the predominant species in the area, inhabiting most of the waterways of the Eastern Pyrenees. In many cases, there is hybridization with the native Mediterranean trout. The Brown Trout adapts well to a large number of scenarios, and therefore we find stable populations in high-mountain from 8-10 inches long up to 20 inches in lower courses.

Brook Trout

Active brookies inhabit some of the remotest spots for fly fishing in the Eastern Pyrenees. The headwaters of many rivers in the Pyrenees were stocked with brook trout back in the 1950s. However, they are only found in specific streams in the Eastern Pyrenees. Brook Trout thrive in icy oxygen-rich waters which means that they are rarely seen with other trout. They rise readily to dry flies. The Eastern Pyrenees has several lakes where you can see significant populations of Brook Trout. These remote alpine lakes are located in high country valleys without any surrounding forest.

Brook Trout

Active brookies inhabit some of the remotest spots for fly fishing in the Eastern Pyrenees. The headwaters of many rivers in the Pyrenees were stocked with brook trout back in the 1950s. However, they are only found in specific streams in the Eastern Pyrenees. Brook Trout thrive in icy oxygen-rich waters which means that they are rarely seen with other trout. They rise readily to dry flies. The Eastern Pyrenees has several lakes where you can see significant populations of Brook Trout. These remote alpine lakes are located in high country valleys without any surrounding forest.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbows were first introduced into Pyrenean waters more than 60 years ago and are mainly present in Eastern Pyrenees’ rivers. Healthy and powerful specimens inhabit some of the rivers of the Eastern Pyrenees, and they have somewhat different habits to other species of trout that live in the Pyrenees. Rainbows are generally more active and less selective than Brown Trout. The large Rainbow Trouts that inhabit these waters are incredibly cunning, selective, and can drive the best angler crazy.

Iberian Barbel

The freshwater bonefish inhabits in great numbers some of the reservoirs of the Eastern Pyrenees. This exciting species is an excellent match for those looking for a different fly fishing experience. Although the average Golden Bone that inhabits these cold waters do not usually exceed 8-10 pounds, there is a stable population in some spots with an average weight of about 3-4 pounds, which delights fishers who dare to angle this little-known species.

Iberian Barbel

The freshwater bonefish inhabits in great numbers some of the reservoirs of the Eastern Pyrenees. This exciting species is an excellent match for those looking for a different fly fishing experience. Although the average Golden Bone that inhabits these cold waters do not usually exceed 8-10 pounds, there is a stable population in some spots with an average weight of about 3-4 pounds, which delights fishers who dare to angle this little-known species.

An unforgettable fly fishing adventure in Eastern Pyrenees

The catch and environmental diversity of Eastern Pyrenees will inspire you to put into practice different techniques while improving your fly fishing skills.

Some technical dry fly fishing for the speedy Zebra Browns to streamer fishing for the huge browns and rainbows. Beautiful scenery, but most important was the sincere hospitality from Salvelinus.

Brian CooperBethesda, Australia

What an amazing day! I don’t even know what to say. An experience I will never forget. Ivan runs a wonderful operation, and Aleix is an incredible head guide! Thank you.

Fiona SadaOhio, USA

A top quality fishing experience, very different experience from most fishing trips I have experienced across the world, but one of the most enjoyable that I have made. Highest quality accommodation and wonderful food to accompany some truly memorable fishing. I have already booked to go back this season, and that says it all really!

William SmithHigh Wycombe, UK

Fall into the spell of Eastern Pyrenees

The remote mountainous reaches of the Eastern Pyrenees offer excellent fishing opportunities in a stunningly picturesque environment ready to be discovered.

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