Many years ago, in 2003, we had the opportunity to see Carlos Rodriguez, who was fishing with a series of small nymphs that were very effective. Flies that at that time were already being used by the French fly fishing team.
These nymphs did not have mobility, they were not realistic, they had striking colors … and despite all this, they fished like no other
The secret of its effectiveness was none other than its ability to deepen in a very fast way, deepened like shot pellets. Hence its name, name that was used in code by many competitive fishermen.
Nowadays fishing with “perdigones” has been popularized enormously among fly fishermen and there are many mounts of enormous effectiveness such as some of these:
Origin and new secrets not yet revealed by French and Spanish competitors of the most refined nymph fishing technique of the old European continent.
Ernest Hemingway when in the 1920s he visited the Spanish Pyrenees to fly fishing he would not have imagined that the waters he fished would be the scenarios where competition fishermen would develop a novel, sophisticated and effective nymph fishing technique that would revolutionize the world from fly fishing.
The French competition fishermen in their desire to improve the fishing technique to nymph in order to capture more fish adapted the essence of fishing to Czech nymph but using a long leader or fishing exclusively with tippet.
Throughout this last decade, Spanish anglers have incorporated some variations and improvements to achieve what is now considered one of the most effective nymph fishing techniques.
Thanks to this method in recent years Spain and France have obtained the best results in the international fly fishing competitions.
WHAT DOES IT CONSIST OF?
In certain European rivers, with wild fish that are very difficult to fish, nymph fishing consists in getting deep into nymphs of small size. Achieving the greatest possible depth and a natural drift of the nymph.
This is how techniques like Czech Nymph emerged that would evolve into Spanish / French Nymphing. Briefly consists of fishing according to the Czech model (the tip of the rod moves accompanying the drift of the nymphs with the arm of the stretched fisherman) but without the line touching the water, a big difference with the fishing techniques nymph in the USA.
This modality has kicked the essence of fly fishing, since the cast is not achieved thanks to the weight of the line but to the weight of our nymph, so to start in their practice it is necessary to temporarily forget the basic guidelines about the fly cast.
On this basis, experienced fishermen have refined the method using “perdigones” nymphs, spiral indicators, boiled leaders, long rods with parabolic action, improvements on the reels … We present you some of these little secrets:
Fishing with fine tippet helps to catch more trout, but not only because of their lesser vision, but also because they exert less resistance to water and make it easier to go deep.
This fact has a big problem: the finer the tippet is, the more possibilities there are to break the thread. This reality has been tried to solve by the fine Spanish competition anglers using long soft action rods (very flexible), which cushion the strike and fight with the fish and using very elastic leaders (this is achieved by boiling them in water a few minutes ).
Novelty nymphs “PELLETS”
The essence of the Spanish / French Nymphing originated when detecting the need to present small nymphs at great depth so as to be able to cheat the difficult wild Zebra Trout from the Spanish Pyrenees.
“Perdigones” were designed with this intention:
1 キ Great weight and small size.
2 キ Manufactured with materials that do not exert water resistance and they favor its sinking.
3 キ Striking colors that change underwater.
Assembly video of a shot:
Among the rules of competition, fishing is prohibited the use of Strike indicators. The bite of the fish can only be detected by observing the tippet.
Initially, some competitors ruffled and denatured colored tippet with a great memory and later greased them to try to float and exert more resistance to the rupture of the surface tension of the water. These functioned as false indicators.
The technique was refined with the invention of the elastics coiled indicators, consisting of a colored thread as a spring that acts as an indicator. In the following video we show its manufacture and operation:
In certain occasions when there is a high environmental humidity or fishing in the rain the tippet sticks to the blank of the rod due to surface tension and it is very difficult for us to run through the rings, making the set difficult.
For this, we wind a thread on the last section of the rod as if we were ringing it. This is how we get the tippet not “stick” to the blank of the rod.
Tip: we should not use tippets that favor adhesion due to their composition (high gloss tippet treated with wax or siliconized products).
When we fish with a lot of tippet in our reel they usually cause problems and entanglements due to the very wide entrance mouth of the line and with joints that hook the tippet. The solution can be small artisan inventions like the following, in which we have used for its confection a ceramic ring, a piece of PVC pipe and epoxy resin:
We hope this article will be useful and help you explore new fishing formulas. If on any occasion you are encouraged to visit the Spanish Pyrenees from Pyrenees Fly Fishing (www.pyreneesflyfishing.com) it will be a pleasure to guide you in these amazing mountains that have us spellbound and if you are interested I we will help you to know better this way of fishing.
Spain is the country with the greatest contrasts, the best climate and the most beautiful landscape of the old European continent. These are some of the reasons why more than 80 million visitors visit us every year.
Fly fishing in Spain is spectacular, the fisherman can enjoy a variety of mountain rivers, lakes, large rivers … where you can fish for Mediterranean Zebra Trout, broke trout, and even barbel with a dry fly. The enjoyment is guaranteed!
Pyrenees Fly Fishing offers a multitude of tailor-made activities for companions from our two operations centers. The angler can enjoy assured that his company has multiple options to choose from.
Hiking through the Ordesa National Park.
Visit wine cellars
Cultural tours through monasteries and castles.
Tour of “tapas” and wines by cultural towns such as Jaca and Ainsa.
Relaxation and massages in Spas …
In many occasions, the fishing day happens in remote places to which we arrived by 4×4 vehicle through restricted access roads. These places are fascinating for the companions since they can enjoy the landscape, hiking and a wonderful gourmet meal in the company of their loved ones.
Our goal is to make fly fishing holidays in Spain with family or friends an unforgettable experience.
Catalonia is a region of northern Spain with excellent beaches and holiday resorts by the Mediterranean Sea, historic architecture such as the works of Antoni Gaudí, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia or Park Güell, spectacular National Parks such as P.N. Aiguastortes and Sant Maurici … And excellent rivers for fly fishing!
Many tourists visiting Spain and Catalonia in particular those unaware that the country of tapas, siesta bulls and the sun are some of the best venues in Europe for fly fishing.
Did you know that only in the Catalan Pyrenees do we have the possibility to fish for 4 different salmonids and a spectacular cyprinid and all this with a dry fly?
This article aims to help you in the organization of your fishing holidays in Catalonia:
Licenses and permits to fish in Catalonia
Fishing in Catalonia requires a fishing license. There are licenses of weekly, annual, 5 years … This document allows you to fish some waters of Catalonia.
In the vast majority of cases, in addition to the fishing license, it is necessary to have a daily fishing permit for certain waters.
The processing of the fishing license and day permit can be done at the following link:
It is very important to consult the fishing regulations of Catalonia because there are certain rivers that can not be fished every day of the week and have specific regulations.
Species of interest for fly fishing in Catalonia
Depending on the stretches of river in Catalonia we can enjoy fishing for the following species:
Brown trout of European Central origin.
Mediterranean trout or zebra trout.
Where to fish – best rivers
The best rivers to fish in Catalonia are in its western part, very close to the limit with the Autonomous Community of Aragon. In the heart of the Pyrenees and next to the National Park of Aiguastortes and Sant Maurici.
Some of those rivers are:
The fishing season varies according to the river sections. Generally:
Opening of the season in the month of March and closes in September or October.
The high mountain opens in the middle of May until the end of September.
There are certain stretches of river where you can fish all year round.
For more information you can consult the fishing regulations in the following link:
If you want to enjoy spectacular, family fishing holidays with the maximum guarantees, we recommend hiring a specialized company.
Pyrenees Fly Fishing is a family and professional company that offers the most complete fishing operation in the Catalan Pyrenees.
From one of our operations centers located on the border between Aragón and Catalonia we offer the following fishing packages:
How to get?
Pyrenees Fly Fishing We offer transfer from Lérida train station to our center of operations in Graus. Located less than 1 hour by car.
From Barcelona to Lérida there are numerous AVE high-speed trains that connect these two Catalan cities in around 1h.
For more information you can call us at 0034653081173 or by email writing to the following address: [email protected]
Six of the 10 best rivers for fly fishing in Spain are in the Pyrenees. The beauty of its mountains, wild fish, and color of its waters make this spot a unique place to enjoy a fishing vacation.
Mountains of Toledo.
This rugged terrain hides some of the best rivers for fly fishing throughout Europe, but without doubt the Pyrenees are the national jewel, its variety of water in a short range, beauty of its mountains, good Zebra trout populations, its location near some of the most spectacular national Parks and the beauty of its villages they have become a national destination for fly fishing lovers.
River Ara (Aragon)
River Gállego (Aragon)
River Veral (Aragon)
River Esera (Aragon)
River Tormes (Castilla y león)
River Porma and Esla (Castilla y león)
River Cares (Asturias)
River de Noguera Cardos (Catalonia)
River Sella (Asturias)
River Ter (Catalonia)
Permits and licenses to fish in Spain:
In Spain there are no private rivers, all waters are public.
To be able to fish in the Spanish rivers it is necessary to have the fishing license of the corresponding autonomous community. But to fish in some of the best waters we will need an additional fishing permit on a daily basis.
Video of the different rivers for fly fishing in Spain:
Pyrenees Fly Fishing is a family company of local anglers. Our guides are experienced anglers and also speak English. We offer the most spectacular fishing holidays in the best rivers of the Iberian Peninsula. Our three main all-inclusive fishing trips are:
If you are interested in knowing the highest and most spectacular mountains in Spain and fishing in some of its best rivers, you can contact us by email at the following address:
or by calling 0034653081173
If there is something that sets us apart from the majority of fly-fishing destinations is:
GASTRONOMY: Spanish cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. 4 of the top 10 restaurants in the world are Spanish. Excellent wines, gourmet picnic lunch, tapas tours attached to a healthy Mediterranean diet served in our 4 star spa resort – located in Biescas.
CULTURE: The destination offers the possibility to fish in crystal waters full of history under Romanesque bridges passing by the Camino de Santiago, walk near prehistoric stone monuments, or contemplate monasteries and castles of the Middle Ages in the way to fishing spots.
Live a perfect experience it would not be possible if we were not located in Biescas, a village with two traditional historic centers, located near the Ordesa National Park and in which there are major services such as 24 hours medical service, pharmacy, shopping, many restaurants …
The trout that inhabit the waters of the Spanish Pyrenees is considered the oldest variety of trout entire European continent. We invite you to live experience of fishing and conserve one of the world’s oldest evolutionarily trout.
Spanish Pyrenees, unlike other major European destinations for fly fishing as Slovenia or Austria, has made a commitment to the conservation of wild trout populations. Every angler who visit our rivers contributes to the local economy, allowing the protection of rivers and trout. “Theres NO real protection on the rives until their conservation affect on the economy of local people”.
Our living “fossil” is a subspecies of brown trout belonging to MEDITERRANEAN group survived the invasion of Europe by the ice in the last Ice Age. It is therefore considered the oldest trout, as it is relegated in our mountains long before the last ice age.
You could say that the rest of Central European varieties of brown trout are much younger, as their ancestral populations disappeared with the ice. To this is added the genetic contamination of natural populations of trout in many of the rivers in the rest of Europe who have been and are strongly influenced by repetitive stocking.
Pyrenees Fly Fishing as a local company that focuses on the fishing resource we have a moral obligation to inculcate good environmental practices among our friends, always practice catch and release, help protect this unique species and allow conservation of their populations .
FEATURES OF OUR NATIVE TROUT, ZEBRA TROUT:
The wide avenues of water and the rivers rocky mountain background seems they cause the morphology of trout oversizing their pectoral fins.
To learn more please check this: http://anglersclub.com/trout-articles/zebra-trout/
The Nobel Prize Ernest Hemingway in his novel “The Sun Also Rise” traveled from Paris to Spain to fish in the Pyrenees and attend the San Fermines, for him the best fishing experience in Europe it was in Spain, a country that he fall in love with.
Ernest Hemingway in his novel describes his experience fishing in the Pyrenees, specifically in the valley of Irati in 1924. The experience and the good fishing made him dream with Spain and convince his wife and friends for a new journey in June 1925, days before the start in Pamplona’s San Fermin festival.
The excitement and exaltation that Ernest Hemingway found fishing in the Pyrenees, bound to the virginity of its mountains and abundant trout were obscured in this second trip by detecting that the old forests and river banks were being razed. A sense of grief, sadness and personal offense ran through the blood of the Nobel Prize, who suffered from the destructive consequences that logging could have on trout populations of these mountains.
As fishing guides in the Pyrenees we would love that Ernest Hemingway could see that the trees grew again in the Pyrenees, that populations of Zebra Trout in the rivers are recovering and that there still are adventurous anglers traveling to the Pyrenees to meet the immensity its mountains, the kindness of its people, its climate and especially help local companies to create a new sustainable tourism model for the enjoyment of future generations.