The Pyrenees Tour
Season: May through November
7 nights, guided trip $6950.00
(2 different locations)
9 nights, 8 guided trips $8950.00
(3 different locations)
Experience the unspoiled nature of Spain’s Pyrenees where crystal clear waters teem with wild trout. You’ll have access to more than 60 rivers –1.500 miles– and 180 lakes all within easy driving distance of our two lodges. Salvelinus features comfortable accommodation, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and Spain’s famous Rioja wines. It’s the perfect trip for couples blending first-rate fly fishing with Old World charm.Be sure to join us for this absolutely amazing fly fishing experience! Enjoy outstanding fishing plus world class cuisine, wine and accommodations, this is truly an experience that will provide a lifetime of memories
THE PYRENEES IS HOME TO INNUMERABLE RIVERS AND GLACIAL LAKES
Pyrenean rivers are from 12 to 125 miles long Every pool, every current has its own personality, every possible feeding location, every possible lie has its own special characteristic.These food rich waters breed feisty trout that more often than not surprise the angler leaving him staring at a snapped tippet. Trout of all sizes can be caught because the trout population is balanced; it contains the appropriate proportion of age and size.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. They are about 100 miles wide in the central areaWild and unspoiled, the Pyrenees is home to innumerable rivers and glacial lakes populated with wild trout.DIFFERENT AREAS You will find a massive territory, impressive mountains, stunning scenarios and friendly people.The southern slopes of the Pyrenees include Navarre, the province of Huesca in Aragon and the provinces of Lleida and Gerona in Catalonia.The small tax-free country of Andorra is between Spain and France.The northern slopes of the Pyrenees extend from Aquitaine on the Atlantic coast to Rosellón in the eastern Pyrenees. We fish a whole range of trout waters found at altitudes from 200 (600 feet) to 2.400 metres (7.200 feet) above sea levelHigh Mountain Streams: fast riffles & pocket waters that are home to trout between 10 to14 inches long.Middle Mountain Streams & lower reaches: studded with pools, flats and runs with trout between 12 to 20 inches long.High Mountain Lakes: perfect for sight fishing from the bank for trout between 16 to 22 inches long.Tail Waters and Lakes: rich waters where you just might hook the trout of a lifetime
MEDITERRANEAN NATIVE BROWN TROUT IN THE PYRENEES OF SPAIN
The zebra trout -which is present in the Pyrenean waters of the Ebro drainage basin- is also known as the striped trout.The zebra trout is easily recognized thanks to its four dark stripes which, provide perfect camouflage when seen from above over the background of a pebble and rock strewn river bed. It is also slightly paler than other trout species. Of course, food and habitat also play an important role in the color and markings of members of the trout family The ability of the “zebra trout” to make the color of its body, especially its stripes lighter or darker in a matter of minutes.This trait has been observed in saltwater fish but has no scientific backing in the case of freshwater fish. Nevertheless SALVELINUS has posted several videos on YouTube where this change can be observed.Zebra trout have lived in Pyrenean waters for countless generations and are supremely adapted to their habitat.A constant feature in upland streams is the upsurge in water level especially due to flash floods. As a result “zebra trout” have developed disproportionally large pectoral fins.This particular feature is very marked in zebra trout fry whose pectoral fins are up to 25% as long as their total body length. This feature, of course, helps fry survive.“Zebra trout” are known for their fast selective strikes. The rise and refusal is often so fast that the angler is misled into thinking that the trout is ignoring his fly. The angler should match his speed to that of the trout and strike faster.Its fighting ability has led experts to claim that a 27cm (11 inches) long zebra trout fights as much as a 40 cm. (16 inches) long brown trout.“Zebra trout” grow big in favourable habitatsIn big Pyrenean rivers especially in the lower stretches, they have been known to reach 6 kilos (12/13 pounds.) Exceptional specimens have tipped the scales at 9 kilos or approximately 20 pounds!Specimens of up to 10 kilos or 22 pounds have been caught in reservoirs.Once it grows to weigh 2•5 kilos approximately five and a half pounds a “zebra trout” evolves into a ferocious predator feeding mainly on fish, crayfish and large underwater insects.A real challenge for the trophy hunter.
SALVELINUS FONTINALIS IN THE PYRENEES OF SPAIN
The most oxygenated and highest water are home to the Brook Trout or to give it its Latin name: Salvelinus Fontinalis The dominant color is green from the back to the belly. The flanks are marble patterned in pale yellow – brown and yellow – orange. Some individuals have an orange – red belly, which becomes more pronounced near spawning time. It is one of the world´s handsomest trout.Bottom feeding brook trout up to 26 inches long have been caught in high mountain lakes that are some 7500 feet above sea level. These lakes are extremely cold and cut off by deep snow which means they can only be fished for two or three months a year. Access requires helicopter fly in or an arduous 3 to 4 hour hike.
GERMAN BROWN TROUT IN THE PYRENEES OF SPAIN
Brown trout tend to display a dark dorsal area, a whitish – yellow belly and dark flanks stippled with large spots - many of them red. However, it must be remembered that habitat and food bring about major variations in color and markings.The Pyrenees is home two different strains of wild trout:The South Atlantic Group. This strain inhabits southern Europe and those rivers, which flow into the Atlantic.The Central European Group. This strain is a more modern one and is probably the result of small changes brought about during the expansion of trout from the Mediterranean and Atlantic areas into northern and central European rivers after the last Ice Age.Brown trout can weigh up to 4 kilos (9 pounds). They prefer the middle and lower stretches of Pyrenean rivers although there are some colonies that have adapted perfectly to high mountain waters and glacial lakes.
RAINBOW TROUT IN THE FOOTFILLS OF THE PYRENEES OF SPAIN
The hidden spots where we can find wild rainbows in Spain are considered like “lost rivers” Rainbow trout have somewhat different habits to other species of trout that live in the Pyrenees. Rainbows tend to rove and so can be found in different parts of a river at different times of the year.The rainbow trout is easily recognized. It is deep green above fading through silvery - yellow to a whitish belly. Its body is marked with spots and of course that trade mark slash of pink on the flanks. This stripe can vary from a strip of brilliant pink to a thinner and paler shade of rose, and in some cases to a faint pinkish line between spots.