The Spanish Pyrenees

Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School

Founded in 1999, the Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School was one of the first on the water fly fishing schools in Europe. The school was created to transmit the essence of catching fish on the fly so the fishers and future fly fishers will improve their techniques and get results fast. Whatever your expertise might be, you will leave the Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School as a better angler.

Fly Fishing in the Pyrenees

Learn how to fly fish in the Spanish Pyrenees

Over 20 years of experience guarantee that Salvelinus’ Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School is the safest bet to learn how to fly fish or hone your skills with some of the world's best fly fishing instructors. Learning to fly fish with Salvelinus is fun and easy, in the Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School you will learn everything necessary to embark on a lifetime of angling enjoyment, whether you plan to stalk Brown Trout, Brook Trout, or Zebra Trout. Salvelinus' fly fishing lessons are offered in spectacular natural locations that provide plenty of activities for anglers and non-anglers alike.

Expertise

Iván Tarín is one of the most experienced fly fishing instructors in the world, having taught over 500 anglers fly casting as well as many Fly Fishing Guides worldwide.

On the Water

Salvelinus’ instructors will patiently explain and educate you on the water about specific techniques, concepts and fundamentals of fly casting, fly selection, entomology, reading the water, and knot tying.

Customizable

All lessons are practical and tailored to your needs. Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School’s goal is to make sure you are successful on the water while enjoying the experience.

Guaranteed

With Salvelinus’ effective methodology, success is assured. But if necessary, free instruction time is offered. In 20 years only two students needed extra instruction time.

Location

The Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School courses are taught in different natural scenarios, optimal to improve various techniques and for different fly fishing levels.

Techniques

You will learn about angler positioning, fly casting in diverse scenarios, reading the water, fly selection, presentation and drift, and specific techniques for fighting trophy fish on light outfits among others.

Spanish Pyrenees

Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School

Zebra Trout is the name Salvelinus gave to the native Mediterranean Brown Trout in 2001, hence the name of the school. Iván Tarín and his instructor’s team have grown up trying to catch one of the most challenging and elusive species in the world, the Zebra Trout.

Step 01

Localization

While you might get lucky pulling up to any old spot at a river and throwing a line, learning the areas that trout prefer in a stream will increase your chances of catching them. Salvelinus will help you understand where to find the Zebra Trout in a freestone river. For that, it is essential to have an idea of how Zebra Trout behaves and why they relate to specific areas in the river. When you are able to spot a Zebra Trout, you can spot any other trout in the world.

Step 01

Localization

While you might get lucky pulling up to any old spot at a river and throwing a line, learning the areas that trout prefer in a stream will increase your chances of catching them. Salvelinus will help you understand where to find the Zebra Trout in a freestone river. For that, it is essential to have an idea of how Zebra Trout behaves and why they relate to specific areas in the river. When you are able to spot a Zebra Trout, you can spot any other trout in the world.

Step 02

Approximation

A huge part of the fun in fly fishing is landing fish with a fly rod, but there are some differences in approximation and technique that can be challenging to the beginner fly fisher. The Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School, you will learn how to approach a Zebra Trout unnoticed, hook the fish, keep it on the line, and get them to the net so you will have trophies to brag about rather than stories of the one that got away. If you can approach a Zebra Trout without alerting it, you can approach any other trout successfully.

Step 03

Presentation

An essential step in becoming a successful angler is learning to present your fly to the fish accurately. Salvelinus will teach you how to choose a target, place a cast without alerting the fish, throw long leaders to Zebra Trout without scaring them, and properly drifting the fly on the current so it looks like natural food. You could easily spend a lifetime improving the art of the presentation, but it is essential to start with a solid foundation. Mastering basic presentation strategy with Zebra Trout will give even the neophyte fly angler the chance to tangle any trout.

Step 03

Presentation

An essential step in becoming a successful angler is learning to present your fly to the fish accurately. Salvelinus will teach you how to choose a target, place a cast without alerting the fish, throw long leaders to Zebra Trout without scaring them, and properly drifting the fly on the current so it looks like natural food. You could easily spend a lifetime improving the art of the presentation, but it is essential to start with a solid foundation. Mastering basic presentation strategy with Zebra Trout will give even the neophyte fly angler the chance to tangle any trout.

Step 04

Hook

The hook set is the most critical part of the fight. It is a crucial step after a fish takes your fly that drives the point of the hook into the fish’s mouth and keeps it there throughout the fight. There is more to a solid hook set than simply rearing back and giving it to the fish. A good hook set involves subtlety, timing, and some luck. If you can hook a Zebra Trout before it spits the fly, your fast reflexes are ready for any fish.

Step 05

Catch

Anglers who have caught and released many trophy fish know that planning beforehand is the best way to prepare for what is sure to be a fierce battle. Salvelinus will teach you how to visualize the fight before making the cast. You will learn to look for any hazards along the bank or snags in the water that could cause a problem. You will develop the habit to think about where the fish is likely to swim and what direction you should pull to guide the fish away from potential threats. If you can fight an 18-inch Zebra Trout with a 5-weight rod, you can easily fight any trout in the world up to 30 inches.

Step 05

Catch

Anglers who have caught and released many trophy fish know that planning beforehand is the best way to prepare for what is sure to be a fierce battle. Salvelinus will teach you how to visualize the fight before making the cast. You will learn to look for any hazards along the bank or snags in the water that could cause a problem. You will develop the habit to think about where the fish is likely to swim and what direction you should pull to guide the fish away from potential threats. If you can fight an 18-inch Zebra Trout with a 5-weight rod, you can easily fight any trout in the world up to 30 inches.

Fly Fishing Courses

Learn how to fly fish in optimal conditions with world-class instructors

Iván Tarín’s passion as head of the instruction team has not only been to develop the necessary techniques to successfully tackle the native Zebra Trout but also to understand its habits, behaviors, and reactions. Salvelinus teaches different methodologies in a variety of scenarios to learn specific techniques.

The Essence of Fly Fishing

Iván Tarín’s passion as head of the instruction team has not only been to develop the necessary techniques to successfully tackle the native Zebra Trout but also to understand its habits, behaviors, and reactions. Salvelinus teaches different methodologies in a variety of scenarios to learn specific techniques.

Advanced Fly Fishing

With Salvelinus, you will also learn different presentation techniques, such as European Style Nymphing, long leaders and tippet extension with delicate flies, double traction, advanced water reading in complicated drifts, and sight fishing for trophy fish on technical waters.

Fly Fishing Guide

If you want to become a Fly Fishing Guide or a professional Fly Fishing Instructor, Salvelinus’ founder and Master Fly Fishing Instructor, Iván Tarín, offer the keys to teach fly fishing in a practical, comfortable, and profitable way to other people.

Fly Fishing Guide School

FLY FISHING SCHOOL

Advanced Fly Fishing for Trout

FLY FISHING SCHOOL

Species

Zebra Trout, Brown Trout, Iberian Barbel, and much more

The Spanish Pyrenees host to some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world. The incredible diversity of waters ensures that there is a destination to improve all skill levels. Salvelinus’ instructors keep close tabs on the different rivers, spring creeks, lakes, and small streams that we target to ensure that our students have the best chance at a productive day on the water.

Zebra Trout

Capturing a trophy specimen of Zebra Trout in technical waters is a challenge for advanced anglers. On the other hand, there are high mountain streams with incredible densities of small Zebra Trout that are the perfect allies for a successful fishing day for a beginner fly fisher.

Zebra Trout

Capturing a trophy specimen of Zebra Trout in technical waters is a challenge for advanced anglers. On the other hand, there are high mountain streams with incredible densities of small Zebra Trout that are the perfect allies for a successful fishing day for a beginner fly fisher.

Rainbow Trout

A very combative and aggressive species that will delight beginners or seasoned fishers, depending on the fishing techniques used and the sizes of specimens that are being sought.

Brown Trout

There are many streams, rivers, and lakes inhabited by Brown Trout or hybridized with Zebra Trout at different heights, with different sizes, and densities for all levels in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Brown Trout

There are many streams, rivers, and lakes inhabited by Brown Trout or hybridized with Zebra Trout at different heights, with different sizes, and densities for all levels in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Brook Trout

Undoubtedly, the most straightforward species when it comes to taking a dry fly. Not suspicious and less shy than other types of trout, the Brook Trout lives in ideal densities, ideal  for those looking for action. Perfect for anglers interested in dry fly, sight fishing, or beginners learning how to fly fish.

Iberian Barbel

A timid species ideal for sight fishing and stalking. It will test your ability as an angler as it requires enormous precision. The Iberian Barbel is an ideal species for those who are starting to sight fish because of its size, and easiness to be found.

Iberian Barbel

A timid species ideal for sight fishing and stalking. It will test your ability as an angler as it requires enormous precision. The Iberian Barbel is an ideal species for those who are starting to sight fish because of its size, and easiness to be found.

Become a better angler at the Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School

Join the Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School to improve your fly fishing skills. The techniques and methods taught by Salvelinus will be part of your arsenal of fishing tactics forever.

Going in as a true beginner to fly fishing, I feel I came out with a great understanding of the sport. The personal training provided was so beneficial to me. My presentation certainly improved and I caught many trouts. I never write reviews, but I honestly wanted to write a review of my experience with Salvelinus.

Billy and Ana LewisFlorida, USA

Ivan Tarín, an accomplished fly-fisherman as well as the mastermind behind the #1 2018 Orvis Endorsed International Lodge, was teaching at his Zebra Trout Fly Fishing School everything he learned from his 30+ years of fly fishing technical waters and his 20+ years of guiding experience.

T. AzzMontana, USA

One very careful fishing scenarios selection will permit the angler put in practice in the "real river" what he learned during his practices. Fishing with Salvelinus makes it easy to catch trout where you would think it would be impossible. Excellent way to teach combining training and river that makes the Salvelinus experience unforgettable.

José MongeBarcelona, Spain

Zebra Fly Fishing School, an exceptional fly fishing school for everyone

Salvelinus offers classes and workshops for both beginning and advanced fly anglers. Take a lesson from Salvelinus’ professional instructors, and you will be astounded at how it will help your technique and progress on the water. Guided by Salvelinus, you will leave the Pyrenees as a more skilled angler.

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