The spectacularly beautiful and rugged Pyrenees Range forms the natural border between northeastern Spain and France. They span 270 miles and flowing out of them, into the seldom traveled hill country of Spain, are 14 major river valleys and 60 remarkable wild trout rivers. Scattered throughout this sparsely populated region are quaint picture-perfect villages, wineries, castles, and cultural sites dating back thousands of years. This the home of Salvelinus, a remarkable fly fishing outfitter with two lodges, an incredible fishing program and polished staff of tour guides for travel companions who want to experience all that this remarkable region has to offer. With so much to offer, it is no wonder that a major percentage of Salvelinus's guests are couples looking to fish as well as take advantage of the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Salvelinus's fishing program stands up against many of the world's premier fisheries. They have access to a vast array of mountain lakes and streams as well as countless mid-elevation and lowland rivers. As one might expect, the higher elevation rivers and lakes offer higher catch rates for smaller fish in dramatic alpine settings. The surprise of the region is the mid-elevation and lowland rivers. These are often tailwaters that hold their flow throughout the season and produce some truly remarkable fishing for large rainbows and browns. The other surprise for the uninitiated is Spain's barble fishery. Barbel are a remarkable European sportfish often referred to as freshwater bonefish due to their tenacity and fight once hooked. They are by no means easy to catch, but when conditions are right, they readily feed on surface flies. In these waters, they average two to four pounds but trophy barble over 10 pounds are not uncommon.
Accommodation and Meals:
Unlike most lodges, Salvelinus operates out of two different locations to take advantage of the region's seasons. In June and July, guests will base out of Santa Cila Lodge in the western Pyrenees and focus their angling in the scenic high country of the Pyrenees as well as some of the mid-country rivers. In the second prime season of September and October, guests will base out of Aren Lodge in the eastern Pyrenees focusing their fishing on the mid-elevation streams and lowland trophy tailwaters. Both lodges are based out of small villages and offer comfortable accommodations paired with exceptional meals and wines.
All in all, Salvelinus and the Spanish Pyrenees is a true gem that few have had the pleasure of experiencing. With a wide range of scenic, unpressured waters, skilled guides, a chance at trophy wild trout and one of the most thoughtfully constructed programs for travel companions, Salvelinus is a must-see destination for couples and serious anglers alike.
2020 Rate: $7700 per person for a 7 night 6 day package based on double occupancy.
Included: Meals and accommodations as per itinerary, alcoholic beverages, transport to and from Zargoza Train Station or Lleida Train Station, all activities per itinerary, all guided activities, fishing licenses and club water permits, tourist tax, rental of all gear, instruction if necessary, full spa access and massage service, laundry service
Note: Transfers to and from Barcelona International Airport can be arranged for an additional fee.
Not Included: International airfare and airport taxes, gratuities
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, zebra trout, barbel
Season: March - November
Capacity: Parties of 2-6 are most popular but larger groups can be accommodated.
Map: Aren, Spain // Santa Cilia, Spain
Time: Central European Time (GMT+1)