Western Pyrenees

Explore the charm of Western Pyrenees with Salvelinus

For years, trout fishing in Western Pyrenees was a coveted secret, not just by anglers, but the rugged terrain also helped to protect these waters. Verdant green valleys, high altitude wildflower meadows, ancient villages, and the majestic Pyrenees mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to hundreds of trout streams. Each of these waters is a springboard for exploring further creeks in the area, and Salvelinus has access to more than 1,200 Km (800 miles) of river and 30 lakes within an hour’s drive from their Western Pyrenees location, Santa Cilia Fishing Lodge.

Fly Fishing in Western Pyrenees

Quality fishing and excellent weather conditions in a natural wonderland

The rivers, mountains, and valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees offer a unique opportunity to fly fishers who want to enjoy a trip with their non-angling companions. Western Pyrenees combines diverse fishing options in an unspoiled wilderness within reach of cultural landmarks, top-notch gastronomy, and welcoming villages.

Anglers

Western Pyrenees is the dry fishing spot for native Zebra Trout in captivating natural scenarios. Heli-fish in mountain lakes, high stick in headwater rapids, fish spring-fed pools, or angle for larger browns on middle and lower reaches. Salvelinus provides a full range of fly fishing options, so you always are comfortable on the water.

Companions

Offering the most detailed pre-trip planning, Salvelinus makes all your wishes come true. Fly fishing accompanied by world-class destinations regarding leisure, gastronomy, history, and culture. In the evergreen mountains of the Pyrenees, you will find yourself in nature's paradise where to come back over and over and never get bored.

Fly Fishing and Wine in Santa Cilia

WESTERN PYRENEES

Fly fishing in Western Pyrenees with Salvelinus

Fly fishing in Western Pyrenees is highly active and challenging but also truly fulfilling for all skill levels. Fly fish in solitude for the cunning Zebra Trout in a crystal-clear spring creek, stalk sizable fish on dries in calm waters, or sight fish on a glacial lake enjoying the dramatic fauna of the Spanish Pyrenees; spot free-flying birds of prey, red deers, marmots, and the beautiful Pyrenean chamois. Fly fishing on Western Pyrenees rivers in the right season and at the precise spot, is one of the most pleasant and fun experiences for any fisher.

Fly over villages, valleys, and monasteries to reach a secret spot where to cast into crystalline waters surrounded by untamed nature. Fishing in Western Pyrenees is for those who are looking for something different. Wrapped by wild, unspoiled countryside and pristine waters, the whole day can be spent without even seeing another angler.

There is always time for one more cast in Western Pyrenees

Western Pyrenees

Dry fly fishing for the native Zebra Trout in high-country waters

Much more than just catching trout, Western Pyrenees has it all. Incredible scenery, fauna, flora, prolific hatches, crystal-clear waters, and a wild native trout species, the Zebra Trout. The area is perfect for dry-fly fishing: each river, pool, or lake provides a distinct challenge for this fishing style turning Western Pyrenees into one of the most extraordinary dry-fly fishing destinations in Europe.

Zebra Trout

The Zebra Trout is a genetically unique species. Its genes have been preserved unaltered from population introgressions, and it is considered the oldest variety of trout in the European continent. The largest populations of Zebra Trout in the world inhabit the rivers of Western Pyrenees. Their strength is impressive, able to fight against the current and face great water avenues in freestone rivers without damming, like the majority of the rivers in Western Pyrenees. Juveniles can have pectoral fins that exceed in length up to one-third of the total length of their body.

Zebra Trout

The Zebra Trout is a genetically unique species. Its genes have been preserved unaltered from population introgressions, and it is considered the oldest variety of trout in the European continent. The largest populations of Zebra Trout in the world inhabit the rivers of Western Pyrenees. Their strength is impressive, able to fight against the current and face great water avenues in freestone rivers without damming, like the majority of the rivers in Western Pyrenees. Juveniles can have pectoral fins that exceed in length up to one-third of the total length of their body.

Brook Trout

Western Pyrenees has several creeks and lakes where you can see significant populations of Brook Trout, which thrive in icy oxygen-rich waters. These pocket waters are located in high country valleys surrounded by an impressive flora and fauna. Many headwaters in the Pyrenees were stocked with Brook Trout back in the 1950s. However, they are only found in specific streams. They are rarely seen with other trout and readily rise to dry flies. In high mountain streams, they may reach up to 14 inches in length whereas Brook Trout found in certain lakes can measure as much as 19 inches.

Brown Trout

The conventional Brown Trout, a common species everywhere in the world, is found in isolated populations in a few valley headwaters of the Western Pyrenees, both in streams and in high-mountain lakes as well as heterogeneous populations in other high and medium mountain valleys. The Brown Trout mimics extraordinarily with the environment in the rivers of Western Pyrenees. Although this species is considerably fast and astute, the Brown Trout is not comparable in agility and resilience to the native Zebra Trout.

Brown Trout

The conventional Brown Trout, a common species everywhere in the world, is found in isolated populations in a few valley headwaters of the Western Pyrenees, both in streams and in high-mountain lakes as well as heterogeneous populations in other high and medium mountain valleys. The Brown Trout mimics extraordinarily with the environment in the rivers of Western Pyrenees. Although this species is considerably fast and astute, the Brown Trout is not comparable in agility and resilience to the native Zebra Trout.

Iberian Barbel

Powerful barbels feeding on dries are great fighters who honor their pseudonym “Golden Bone.” They love crystal clear waters, and you can find them in numerous reservoirs and rivers of Western Pyrenees. If you know how, where, when, and with which flies to fish the Iberian Barbel, you will find it is a fascinating species since, compared to the trout, it is quite less aggressive. If you have never tried fishing for Iberian Barbel and want to give it a try, your Salvelinus’ fishing guide will show you the best spots where to test your skills and accuracy.

A fly fishing trip out of the ordinary in Western Pyrenees

The outstanding fly fishing options for Zebra Trout in the Western Pyrenees are remarkable, but the added Salvelinus' touch: the romance around the Spanish culture, the food and wine selection, and the sense of encountering history everywhere makes the overall experience unforgettable.

For me, fishing for the Mediterranean strain Zebra trout was a particular drawcard. Catching native trout in spectacular natural surrounds has to be the ultimate in fly fishing.

Rob SloaneEditor Fly Life Magazine, Editor Fly Life Magazine. Campania, Tasmania, Australia

The abundance of fish was incredible, catching the stunning local Zebra trout with dries on a 3-weight rod with the mountains in the backdrop is something I will never forget.

Sam McleodLondon, UK

We've fished Montana, Chile, Tasmania but this trip was exceptional. Ivan and his team push you hard; their enthusiasm is unmatched; they would fish you 24/7. The terrain is challenging, the scenery, stunning, and the fish wild and lightning quick. Their home is your home, great hospitality and a total belief in what they do. Book!

Can ManosLondon, UK

Salvelinus creates made-to-measure experiences in Western Pyrenees

There are over 1,000 km (620 mi) of fishable river and over 300 enticing mountain lakes within a 50 km (30 mi) radius of Santa Cilia Fishing Lodge, and all are inhabited by native Zebra Trout. Ready to get acquainted?

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