For those thinking of planning a fishing holiday in the Pyrenees, the most interesting areas for trout are on the southern slopes, in north-eastern Navarre, northern Aragon and north-western Catalonia.
The western part of this extensive area is considered one of the most pristine areas in Western Europe. There are very few areas in the world with such an enormous variety of climates, altitudes and landscapes than this region.
SALVELINUS operates from two different bases so as to cover locations in both the western and eastern Pyrenees.
Typical high mountain streams with large rocks and rapids
These are the typical high mountain streams for fly fishing and feature fast waters, large rocks and boulders and small deep pools where big trout lurk.
The further you go up Pyrenean valleys the more high mountain streams you find. They make for thrilling fishing.
At present, fly fishing the high mountain lakes known as «lacs», «ibones» or «estanys» depending on where you are in the Pyrenees (and wich languaje is used in the area), is hardly ever practised in Spain.
2.512 high mountain lakes have been identified and catalogued. Some are totally or partially frozen 9 months a year which creates incredibly hard conditions for the resident trout, and brook trout population.
These lakes are so remote that the access is via a 2 to 6 hour hike or by helicopter.
Countless hours spent scouting and exploring many of the high mountain lakes enable us to guide our guest to the most productive areas to fish.
- High Mountain Spring Creeks
Smooth waters, full of food for trout, selective trout and sight fishing are the four features that sum up spring creeks.
They are very few and far between in the Pyrenees so visiting anglers really appreciate the opportunity.
These are ideal fly fishing waters and there are many of them in the Pyrenees.
They are very comfortable to fish. These waters display pebble strewn beds, alternating pools and rapids. We are talking about rivers that –on average– are from 15 to 25 meters wide.
- Middle Level Mountain Lakes
The lakes and reservoirs in the middle area of these mountains are home to the biggest native trout.
Specimens of over 5 kilos (11 pounds) are hooked and landed every year and trophy fish tipping the scales at 9 kilos or 20 pounds have been caught.
Trout this size feed on other fish, small mammals and large nymphs that are brought in by inlet waters.
Float tubes and boats can be used on certain reservoirs for those interested in hooking the fish of a lifetime.
- Flat Rivers & lower reaches
Comfortable wading waters with long glides and pools summarize angling in the lower stretches of the majority of Pyrenean rivers. The average depth varies from 65 cm to 2 meters and the average temperature is between 11ºC to 17 ºC (51 to 62 F)
SALVELINUS has access to 14 big rivers in the Pyrenees that house big trout. It is extremely important to know when to fish and what flies to use.
These waters have certain specific features that make them different to other trout waters. The stable water level and temperature produce vast populations of aquatic insects which produce a healthy population of trout
The average size of trout in these waters is superior to that of fish from other rivers. This habitat and the quality of the water produce 55 cm ( 22 inches) long fish who spend a great deal of their time surface feeding
A real challenge for fly fishing anglers in the Pyrenees.