The Pyrenees

Salvelinus creates authentic experiences in the Spanish Pyrenees

Salvelinus unveils the essence of the Pyrenees for you the way they would for friends and family. Aside from exceptional fly fishing, Salvelinus offers a wide range of activities to choose from. Take a relaxing walk through a National Park explore fascinating stories around local castles and monasteries, visit century-old wineries and delight your palate with an assortment of award-winning wines paired with traditional Spanish tapas. The immensity of the Pyrenees jointly with the enthusiasm and knowledge of Salvelinus’ team will leave an everlasting trace in you.

The Spanish Pyrenees

Experience the unspoiled nature of the Pyrenees

Embark on an adventure with Salvelinus through the picturesque Spanish Pyrenees, an utterly natural and cultural retreat off-the-beaten-track which includes more than 2,400 Km (1,500 mi) of top fly fishing waters for dry or wet flies, nymphs, and streamers.

High Mountain

Pocket Waters

Filled with rocks and rapids, high-mountain fly fishing streams feature fast waters, large rocks and boulders, and small deep pools where big trout lurk. The further you go up the Pyrenean valleys the more high-mountain-streams you find — ideal for exciting fishing.

High Mountain

Lakes

Salvelinus is within reach of 2,512 high mountain lakes only accessible via a 2 to 6-hour hike or by helicopter. Fly fishing on these lakes, known as "ibones," is hardly ever practiced in Spain. Some are frozen nine months per year which creates severe conditions for the resident trout population.

High Mountain

Spring Creeks

Spring creeks offer some of the most challenging fly fishing spots. The combination of abundant food, clear waters, and substantial trout densities produce conditions that require stealth and technique. There are only a few spring creeks in the Pyrenees, so anglers particularly appreciate visiting these sites.

Mid-Mountain

Streams

Ideal fly fishing waters, welcoming to everyone, and there are plenty of them in the Pyrenees. These incredibly comfortable waters display pebble-strewn beds, alternating pools and rapids on rivers that, on average, are from 15 to 25 m wide.

Mid-Mountain

Lakes

Lakes and reservoirs in the middle mountain are home to the largest native specimens. These trout feed on other fish, small mammals, and large nymphs brought in by inlet waters. For those interested in hooking the catch of a lifetime, certain reservoirs are accessible.

Low Country

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 goes from 60 cm to 2 m, and the average temperature is between 11ºC to 17 ºC (51 ºF to 62 ºF). It is critical to know when to fish and what flies to use.

Fly Fishing in the Pyrenees

More than 1500 miles of rivers and hundreds of lakes for wild trout fishing

For those planning a fishing holiday in the Pyrenees, the most exciting trout areas are on the southern slopes, in north-eastern Navarre, northern Aragón, and north-western Catalonia. The western part of this extensive region is considered one of the most pristine locations in Western Europe. There are very few places in the world with such an enormous variety of climates, altitudes, and landscapes than this area.

Discover Salvelinus' secret spots in some of the most beautiful and pristine places of the Pyrenees. Escorted by passionate and experienced English-speaking guides who, with more than 250 years of combined experience exploring every corner of the area, know and understand each fishing location in detail.

01. Waters

The variety of waters covers a vast spectrum from small creeks to high mountain streams, pocket waters to big rivers, and a variety of different lakes. Pyrenean rivers are from 19 km (12 mi) to 201 km (125 mi) long, although each section is entirely different. The headwaters carry fast flowing waters and boulder-strewn beds while the middle stretches with rapids and pools are more comfortable areas to fish. The lower stretches with their deep pools can reach up to 100 yards wide. Every pool, every current has its own personality, every feeding location and every lie are distinctive, and Salvelinus knows them all. These food-rich waters breed feisty trout that more often than not surprise the angler leaving him staring at a snapped tippet.

01. Waters

The variety of waters covers a vast spectrum from small creeks to high mountain streams, pocket waters to big rivers, and a variety of different lakes. Pyrenean rivers are from 19 km (12 mi) to 201 km (125 mi) long, although each section is entirely different. The headwaters carry fast flowing waters and boulder-strewn beds while the middle stretches with rapids and pools are more comfortable areas to fish. The lower stretches with their deep pools can reach up to 100 yards wide. Every pool, every current has its own personality, every feeding location and every lie are distinctive, and Salvelinus knows them all. These food-rich waters breed feisty trout that more often than not surprise the angler leaving him staring at a snapped tippet.

02. Techniques

Two things characterize fly fishing in the Pyrenees, the sheer variety of scenery and the extremely shy native trout that bolts for cover at the slightest danger. Salvelinus has specialized in tackling these wary trout in their natural habitat, which entails the mastery of different techniques in each of the different fishing scenarios.

Fly fishing with Salvelinus, the range of possibilities dramatically expands when one realizes that there are trout waters from the foothills to the upper areas of the Pyrenees; from 150 m (452 ft) above sea level to just over 2,500 m (8,202) feet.

Dry fly fishing is the best way to fish these rivers. Many fishing sessions organized by Salvelinus involve 100% dry fly fishing, and that means sight fishing too, although often nymphing is way more productive in the majority of these waters. Fly fishing with streamers is also an option, albeit more with rainbows than with other trout species.

Rod length and line weight depend on the technique, the species, and size of the trout as well as the season and location.

03. Weather

In a single day, anglers can go from shirtsleeve fishing to having to wear layers of clothing for protection against the cold and wind. Even when it is 27 ºC (80 ºF) at the lodge, temperatures in high mountain might decrease up to 20 degrees on average. From late-July to early-September the weather can be up to 30-35 ºC (85-95 ºF) in some lower areas.

03. Weather

In a single day, anglers can go from shirtsleeve fishing to having to wear layers of clothing for protection against the cold and wind. Even when it is 27 ºC (80 ºF) at the lodge, temperatures in high mountain might decrease up to 20 degrees on average. From late-July to early-September the weather can be up to 30-35 ºC (85-95 ºF) in some lower areas.

04. Equipment

For fly fishing on high country streams, Salvelinus suggests rods be 7,6 to 9 feet, line weights 3 or 4. Floating line, 9 ft leaders with a final tippet of 4X to 7X.

For fly fishing in mid and low country rivers, Salvelinus recommends a 9 ft rod, line weight 5 with a floating WF line, 9 ft leaders with a final tippet of 3X to 6X.

For lake fishing and streamer fishing a 6/7-weight rod, 9 feet, floating and sinking tip lines will be handy, 9ft leaders with a final tippet of 0X to 1X.

05. Catch and Release

Salvelinus is a strict practitioner of catch and release fishing. We firmly believe 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 including specimens of different sizes.

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 and denser populations.

Salvelinus’ philosophy is founded on respect for the environment, a sustainable fishing development, and making the sport more popular within a conservationist approach. Our team holds the most profound reverence and respect for the rivers, streams, and lakes of the Pyrenees.

05. Catch and Release

Salvelinus is a strict practitioner of catch and release fishing. We firmly believe 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 including specimens of different sizes.

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 and denser populations.

Salvelinus’ philosophy is founded on respect for the environment, a sustainable fishing development, and making the sport more popular within a conservationist approach. Our team holds the most profound reverence and respect for the rivers, streams, and lakes of the Pyrenees.

The Spanish Pyrenees

Small glaciers, lakes, cirques of glacial origin, and an enormous range of valleys and canyons

The Pyrenees extends for about 267 miles from the Bay of Biscay in the west to the Mediterranean sea on the eastern coast of the peninsula. To the West, there are the granite ridges of Maladetas and Balaitus, the deep valleys of Ordesa National Park and the extensive native forests of the valleys of Ansó, Echo, and Aragüés. The southern slopes of the Pyrenees include Navarre, the province of Huesca in Aragón, and the provinces of Lleida and Gerona in Catalonia. Salvelinus counts on two strategically located lodges from where to cover the whole Pyrenees mountains. Santa Cilia Fishing Lodge, located in the mountains’ Western side, and Arén Lodge, located in the Eastern region.

Undiscovered Pyrenees Wine Tour

SPANISH PYRENEES

Salvelinus offers a thousand things to do in the Pyrenees mountains

With its heavenly natural setting and sacred pilgrimage sites, the Pyrenees is a soul-inspiring place. The gorgeous landscape includes forested mountains, green valleys and a variety of fishing waters hard to find anywhere else in the world. Every corner of the Pyrenees is worth exploring, from the alpine peaks to the ancient Romanesque churches.

Salvelinus has been providing luxury eco-tours since 1999

Cruise through some of the landscapes that captured Ernest Hemingway’s imagination. Come and discover an unprecedented natural territory, impressive gastronomy, unique architecture, millenary culture, and warm people. Let’s bring Spanish history to life!

Salvelinus represents quality: premium guides, excellent service, beautiful scenery and great dry fly fishing.

Gilly BateInstructor & UK Fly Odyssey Travel Director. Hampshire, UK

Friendly personalized service and first class accommodation and amenities, all set amidst the grand natural beauty of the Pyrenees.

Rob SloaneEditor Fly Life Magazine, Australia

Congratulations for your Orvis Award! You have earned it. We don’t know of anyone who works harder than you do to keep all of your guests happy.

Cathy & Barry BeckProfessional Anglers and Photographers. Benton, Pennsylvania, USA

Try out your technique while having the time of your life

Plan and book a tailor-made trip with Salvelinus packed with personality and stimulating adventure for all comfort levels, and you will keep on savoring the Salvelinus experience for the rest of your fishing days.

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