By Ricardo & Adrian from Pyrenees Fly Fishing
In northern Spain you can find one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe. With summits of over 3,000 meters there are multiple possibilities for fly-fishing: large-&-medium rivers, mountain streams, lakes and all of them in very close proximity to each other.
The Nobel Prize Winner, Ernest Hemingway, already visited the Pyrenees and the San Fermines festival in Pamplona, a clear indication that some of the best fishing in Europe was in Northern Spain. Its Mediterranean rivers have the best populations of wild trout on the continent, due to the low fishing pressure.
The queen of her waters is the trout. A trout of Mediterranean origin that due to the transversal stripes that covers its body is called Zebra Trout. They are very aggressive and readily accept dry-flies.
In the middle part of the river the Trout coexist with the big indigenous Barbel. These cyprinid with long whiskers feed off the bottom absorbing macro-invertebrates from the surface of the stones. The surface fishing with large beetles is explosive, difficult and spectacular. The Barbel can reach lengths close to 80 cm.
Pyrenees Fly Fishing (www.pyreneesflyfishing.com) is the company that operates in this mountain range. They offer the possibility of touring the Pyrenees from East to West, a unique experience accompanied by excellent wines, tapas, friendly climate, culture, National Parks and excellent fishing.
If you were ever looking for an excuse to make your way to Spain that does not involve running from bulls…this might just be it!