Salvelinus Lodge, Pyrenees, Spain

This fly fishing trip in Spain offers rare access to some of Europe's finest spots.

Salvelinus Lodge, Pyrenees, Spain

Overview

Verdant green valleys, high altitude wildflower meadows and the majestic Pyrenees mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to great trout fishing in Northern Spain. Ivan Tarin has built a knowledgeable and expert fly fishing business over the last ten years that covers more than two dozen valleys across 200 miles of mountain terrain, high quality accommodation in two Lodges, and 6 expert Guides. Catch browns, rainbows, zebra (Mediterranean) trout and brook trout in streams and lakes that can only be accessed with special permission in Nature Parks in the high Pyrenees. Ivan and his Guides are great hosts, the food in the Lodges is of the highest calibre, and you will be introduced a wonderful new world of fly fishing.

Your main base will be at the La Jacetania Lodge, Santa Cilia, near to the town of Jaca, which is centrally located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, half way between Barcelona and Bilbao. We have priced your trip based on staying at this lodge. Ivan Tarin also has a second lodge called La Ribagorza Lodge, Aren, which is a couple of hours drive to the East (see map above). If you intend to spend a week fishing with Ivan, then we would recommend staying at both lodges during your trip as this gives the best access to all the waters in the region. We know both lodges and can discuss all the options with you.

The fishing season is long in this region of Spain because fishing exists at altitudes from 1,000ft in the lowland farming areas, right up to 7,500ft in the higher mountain valleys where the snow may not leave some of the high altitude lakes until July. In the peak season of July and August, access to fishing at all altitudes makes brown trout, zebra trout and brook trout fishing possible - giving lots of options.

Travelling to the La Jacetania Lodge at Santa Cilia is easy. The main international airports are Madrid and Barcelona, and fast trains connect from there to Zaragoza where Ivan Tarin will pick you up and drive you to the lodge. Ivan can also collect you from Pamplona. We can discuss the full details of the best arrival points with you during the trip planning stage.

Season: March 1 - November 30
Pricing and Dates: Please contact Orvis Adventures directly for current prices and availability.

Location

Your main base will be La Jacetania Lodge, Santa Cilia, near to Jaca, Spain. We recommend flying to Madrid or Barcelona airports and then taking the train to Zaragoza, or flying to Pamplona, where lodge staff will pick you up. La Jacetania Lodge, Santa Cilia, is 2 hours drive north from Zaragoza. During the trip planning stage, we can discuss these options with you.

Two Testimonials from Visits in 2010:

"I admit it: I traveled to the Spanish Pyrenees as a skeptic. After all, I'd never heard anyone say that Spain has great fly fishing for trout. But my week with Ivan Tarin and Salvelinus Fishing Adventures opened my eyes to the incredible fishery to be found in the heart of the Old World. We fished all kinds of water - from high mountain streams to low-country rivers to lakes - in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Better yet, we caught plenty of good trout. The opportunity to catch "striped" brown trout in their native streams was especially exciting for this wild-trout nut, but I also enjoyed the rainbows, "regular" browns, and even brook trout. Everything about the trip, including the quality of the guides, exceeded my expectations, and I'm already thinking about how I can return to sample more of the eighty-plus waters that Salvelinus fishes."
- Phil Monahan, former Editor of American Angler

"I stayed at Salvelinus Lodge and La Ribagorza Lodge in July 2010 for 5 days, fishing eight different rivers in order to gain a good understanding of the huge potential of the Pyrenees region. Ivan, his Guides, and Ana the Lodge Manager & Cook could not have been better hosts. I was royally fed and expertly guided. We caught big rainbows on ants in crystal clear rivers that looked just like large spring creeks, and lively brookies on grasshoppers in a tumbling high mountain streams. The variety of fishing, spectacular mountain scenery, tapas and Rioja were a heady combination! I want to go back next year and discover more."
- Ian Maclean, Orvis UK Sporting Traditions

Salvelinus is the only Orvis-endorsed Outfitter in Spain. For more details about booking a trip, please visit www.salvelinus.com.

Itinerary

When you book your trip to Spain through Orvis Adventures, we'll work with the team of experts at Salvelinus to design the ideal itinerary for you or your group. Following are several sample itineraries that we've designed for other guests.

Sample Itinerary: Eastern Pyrenees (May To Nov)

Day 1 - Posets Maladeta Park

  • Dry fly fishing in freestone streams for the native Mediterranean Zebra Trout.
  • Learn about the history of La Ribagorza Kingdom on visits to monasteries and ancient villages.
  • Hike to a remote alpine lake or enjoy a guided nature walk in the national park.
  • Visit a 10th century monastery for a private lunch.

Day 2 - Canyons of Guara Nature Reserve

  • Fly fish for native trout in a protected natural area.
  • Choose from an organic food and wine tour, mountain biking or canyoning into the park.
  • An organic lunch in a family-owned local restaurant.

Day 3 – Aigües Tortes and Sant Maurici National Park

  • Fish gin-clear streams, creeks and lakes for browns, rainbows and brookies.
  • Explore two UNESCO sites and Romanesque villages by 4x4 vehicles.
  • Hike through some of the most spectacular valleys and lakes in Spain.
  • Enjoy a scenic lunch by the river in the park.

Day 4 - The Unknown Catalonia

  • Fly fish the biggest river in the Pyrenees for powerful rainbows and browns up to 24 inches.
  • Discover medieval sites on a guided walk in a nature reserve.
  • Dine on a specially-prepared barbeque lunch by the river.

Day 5 – The North Face Route

  • Fly fish for Atlantic browns in a freestone stream surrounded by villages and impressive forests.
  • Visit Spain's highest village for a homemade cheese tasting.
  • Wellness therapies and reiki in the forest.
  • Al fresco lunch near a monastery.

Day 6 - Lost River & Wine Tour

  • Fly fish on a rarely-accessed stream for Zebra Trout up to 20 inches.
  • Food and wine tour in the unique wine chateaux of the Pyrenees, including a visit to Grenache old vineyards.
  • Walking or kayaking in an impressive gorge.

Sample Itinerary: Western Pyrnees (May To Sept)

Day 1 - Valles Occidentales Park

  • Dry fly fishing in freestone streams for the native Mediterranean Zebra Trout.
  • Explore the monasteries and medieval villages of the Aragon Kingdom.
  • Enjoy a traditional Pyrenees lunch in the mountains.

Day 2 - The Aragon Valley & El Camino de Santiago

  • Sight fish for trout in the more than 100 miles of water in the Aragon Valley.
  • Visit San Juan de la Pena monastery and the picturesque village of Jaca.
  • Private food and wine tour in the unique wine chateaux of the Pyrenees.
  • Tapas tour in the historic town of Jaca, formerly the capital of Aragon.

Day 3 - Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

  • Sight fish in gin-clear streams and spring creeks for brown trout.
  • Explore Ordesa National Park by 4x4 vehicles and walk through some of the most stunning scenery in Europe.
  • Enjoy a scenic lunch by the river in the park.

Day 4 - The Hidden Valley

  • Fly fish in the most well-kept secret valley in the Pyrenees.
  • Relax in paradise with options for a mountain spa or wellness therapies in the forest.
  • Optional mountain biking on remote forest tracks.
  • Lunch in one of our favorite restaurants on a high mountain plain with superb views.

Day 5 - Hemingway's Pyrenees Route

  • Fly fish in the verdant valleys described by Hemingway in his novel "The Sun Also Rises".
  • Explore a magnificent beech grove in the most primitive area in Western Europe.
  • Dine on traditional cuisine in a private farmhouse.

Day 6 - French Pyrenees National Park

  • Remote fly fishing in "Brookie's Gorge" on the border between France and Spain.
  • A guided nature walk followed by a tasting of local homemade cheese.
  • A tasting menu in a private local restaurant.

Activities

Fly Fishing In Spain

Verdant green valleys, high altitude wildflower meadows, ancient villages and the majestic Pyrenees mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to great trout fishing in Northern Spain. The Pyrenees is a great destination for trout fishing if you know where and when to go. Salvelinus guides are well-known for their hard work and knowledge. Ivan Tarin has built a knowledgeable team of expert fly-fishing guides over the last 19 years covering more than 1500 miles.

The wide varieties of water see little pressure and are home to trout ranging from 10-18 inches on average. The alpine lakes and streams, productive tail waters and pristine freestone rivers hold brown trout, rainbows, brookies and native Mediterranean "zebra" trout.

Fly Fishing Trips For All Skill Levels

Salvelinus specializes in guiding anglers of all skill levels. Depending on the season, weather and water conditions, the guides will tailor your experience to your interests. Choose from dry fly fishing for lively brown trout and brookies, or stalking large rainbows and native zebra trout using streamers and nymphs.

Non-Angling Activities

Salvelinus specializes in organizing trips to Spain that highlight the culture, history and cuisine of the Spanish Pyrenees. Their team of travel experts is adept at organizing activities from wine tours, to easy-going hiking in national parks, to cultural and historic visits. Whichever itinerary you choose, their guides are committed to providing you with an exceptional experience from beginning to end.

Choose From Food & Wine Tours, Cultural Tours, Photo Tours And Nature Trips

  • Private visits to wineries, vineyards and local restaurants
  • Organic barbeques and tapas tours
  • Tasting sessions featuring olive oil, cheese, craft beer and wine
  • Spanish cooking classes
  • Guided cultural tours to the Kingdom of Aragon, El Camino de Santiago, Romanesque villages, monasteries, castles, and local artisans
  • Spa and wellness treatments, yoga and forest bathing
  • Guided nature walks in scenic national parks
  • Sightseeing tours by plane and boat
  • Guided photography tours led by professional photographers
  • Birdwatching trips for the lammergeier (bearded vulture), eagles and more

Multi-Activity Trips

See the best of the Pyrenees on a multi-activity trip that combines hiking, wine tours, fly fishing and more. It's the perfect adventure for couples and families with diverse interests.

Adventure Sports

We'll provide the gear for an incredible adventure in the Pyrenees. Choose from activities such as hiking, mountain biking and kayaking in remote alpine lakes.

Bespoke Travel

We can customize any of our trips to meet your interests for a truly unique experience. Following are examples of custom experiences that we've organized for other guests:

  • A Michelin-star private lunch in a chateau
  • Helicopter tours for sightseeing, photo safaris, fly fishing, and mountain biking
  • A Grenache wine pairing in a medieval town with a soprano performance

Flies

Insect hatches are in abundance from April to October and the variety of species is enormous due to the high quality of the water. The most widely used and successful flies include:

  • Mayflies & caddis - n° 12-18
  • Stoneflies, Nymphs - n° 8-14
  • Attractors - n° 12-16
  • Varied terrestrial (grasshopper) - n° 8-12
  • Streamers in natural colors - n° 6-8

As part of your trip planning we can notify you of the best flies for the month of your visit.

Rods and Lines

For dry-fly fishing on rivers we suggest rods be 8 to 9 feet, line weights 3 or 4. Floating line, 9 ft leaders with a final tippet of 4X to 5X. For lake fishing and streamer fishing we recommend a 9 ft rod, line weight 6. Floating WF line, 9 ft leaders with a final tippet of 2X to 5X.

Lodging

Easy Access From Barcelona And Madrid

Travelling to the lodges is easy. The main international airports in Spain are Madrid and Barcelona. We can organize a private car transfer or you can take a high-speed train to Zaragoza or Lleida where your guide will pick you up and drive you to the lodge.

Accommodations

Santa Cilia Fishing Lodge, La Jacetania

This 15th-century villa is ideally located on the banks of the Aragon River in the quaint village of Santa Cilia. The lodge consists of five well-appointed country-style bedrooms that offer the perfect respite at the end of a long day of fishing or exploring. Each bedroom has been updated while maintaining its rustic personality and charm. They can be furnished with two single beds or one double bed.

The lodge also has a wader room, a drying room, a modest, but well-equipped in-house fly shop, as well as a cozy dining room where mouth-watering Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine is served at breakfast and dinner.

The old winepress building used by the monks of the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña 500 years ago is now the anglers' bar and lounge area. Swap stories at the end of each day over a glass of regional wine as you anticipate the day ahead.

Aren Lodge, La Ribagorza

This is not a traditional fishing lodge, but a wonderful, intimate hotel nestled in the village of Aren. Each of the 15 air-conditioned, double rooms have en-suite bathrooms, cable TV and balconies. There is a lounge on the ground floor, limited spa facility, and a room for drying your waders.

Meals

This Pyrenees tour includes unique culinary experiences in each region, including tasting menus, wine tastings, private lunches at exclusive locations, wine and tapas in local restaurants, barbecues by the river and other culinary experiences that will delight wine and food lovers.

Meals at Santa Cilia are served in the lodge's dining room. It was recently restored in the 15-century style of the rest of the building. Good food and wine are clearly a passion here. Using fresh, local produce, the menu at the lodge is second-to-none. The meals are typical of Northern Spain and accompanied by a great selection of wines from the region's best wineries, including La Rioja, Priorato and Grenache Kingdom. Wine lovers will also have the option of sampling special reserve wines from Ivan's private cellar.

All meals at La Ribagorza are served at the nearby hotel restaurant, which is recognized as one of the most authentic hot spots in the region. The menu features local, organic meat, produce and wines, and are anything but ordinary. Traditional dishes are enhanced by a preference for organic produce, and everything is fresh and tasty.

The owner, Juan Antonio, and his family have owned the restaurant since 1715, and their attention to culinary detail is deliciously evident. Lunches and dinners are served with quality red wines and a large selection of mouth-watering tapas.

Reviews


Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Salvelinus Lodges
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

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