Salvelinus Fishing Adventures, Pyrenees, Spain

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

Salvelinus Fishing Adventures, Pyrenees, Spain

Overview

Fly fish and explore one of the wildest landscapes in Western Europe for wild trout in the Spanish Pyrenees. In addition to world-class fly fishing, you'll enjoy superb Spanish wines, mouth-watering cuisine, and authentic Spanish culture. Salvelinus offers a variety of tours to Spain for fly anglers and their non-angling travel companions including heli fly-outs, guided cultural tours, and food and wine tours. Ivan Tarin has built a unique fly-fishing business that covers more than a dozen valleys across 200 miles of mountain terrain, two high-quality lodges, and local, expert guides. You will be introduced to a new world of fly fishing as you travel back in time to explore remote mountain streams in one of the most picturesque regions of Spain. Fish the headwaters of the high Pyrenees for browns and brookies, and the mid and lower stretches for sizeable browns and rainbows. Non-anglers will be enchanted by the medieval architecture, ancient monasteries, Romanesque villages and old-world hospitality. You'll all remember this as a trip of a lifetime and want to return year after year!

An Authentic Experience With Expert Guides

The Pyrenees are one of the wildest landscapes in Western Europe for wild trout. Ivan Tarin and his team of guides at Salvelinus have spent over 30 years scouting the best rivers, streams, spring creeks, tail waters, reservoirs and alpine lakes.

Bespoke Travel Tours To Spain

Spain is in ideal destination with a diverse range of activities well-suited for couples, families and small groups. The Salvelinus team specializes in providing exceptional hospitality and authentic experiences to immerse you in the history and culture of the region.

Testimonial

"I admit it: I traveled to the Spanish Pyrenees as a skeptic. 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. The opportunity to catch "striped" brown trout in their native streams was especially exciting for this wild-trout nut. Everything about the trip, including the quality of the guides, exceeded my expectations!"
- Phil Monahan, former Editor of American Angler

Why Salvelinus?

  • The first fly-fishing operation in Spain, Salvelinus has been handcrafting memories since 1999.
  • Founder, Ivan Tarin, is committed to ensuring that every detail is perfect so that your adventure is nothing short of extraordinary.
  • We know your time is precious so we go out of our way to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your vacation.
  • Winner of the 2018 Orvis-Endorsed International Destination of the Year.
  • Orvis-Endorsed Finalist for International Destination of the Year in 2016 & 2017.
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2015 & 2016.
  • Praised by Conde Nast Traveller, Angling Report and American Angler.

Salvelinus is the only Orvis-endorsed guide service 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.

Pricing & Dates

2018 Pricing and Dates


SANTA CILIA LODGE – WESTERN PYRENEES
May to Sept Nights Guided Days Price/Person
Half Week 3 nights 3 Days $3450
Week 6 nights 5 Days $5500
ARÉN LODGE – EASTERN PYRENEES
March to Nov Nights Guided Days Price/Person
Half Week 3 nights 3 Days $3450
Week 6 nights 5 Days $5500
THE ULTIMATE PYRENEES TOUR
Tailor made multi-destination odyssey along the Pyrenees
  Nights Guided Days Price/Person
2 Locations 7 nights 6 Days $6950
3 Locations 9 nights 8 Days $8800
HELICOPTER FLY-OUTS
Sightseeing / Hiking / Photo safaris. March to December
HELI Fly Fishing / MTB / Walks & lunch. June to October
Price per transfer from $650
COMBO TOURS
Pyrenees experience in our lodges combined with private Food & Wine tours in the best wine regions of northern Spain
Combo Tour   Nights Price/Person
La Rioja + Pyrenees 3+4 $7700
Priorat-Barcelona + Pyrenees 3+4 $7700

All inclusive

Whether you bring your own fishing equipment, or you prefer to travel light, Salvelinus has waders and boots available in all sizes, rods and reels, vests, rain jackets, hats, flies and accessories. We also have a small but fully stocked pro shop at your disposal.

We pride ourselves on guests being able to arrive at any of our lodges without a single fly-fishing item and being able to head out for a fabulous day of fishing! Our packages include use of our gear.

Our prices include:

  • Full board accommodations
  • All meals and beverages: buffet breakfast; lunch by the river or at the lodge, appetizer and dinner. Tasting menus, traditional Northern Spanish cuisine. Tapas and Pintxos. Our selection of Rioja, Priorat, Ribera wines, coffee, beer, spirits and soft drinks.
  • Transfers from/to Zaragoza or Lleida High speed Train Station

Angling packages include:

  • Guided fly fishing with English speaking experienced guides
  • All gear: waders, boots, rods & reels, flies and accessories
  • Fishing licenses and daily permits for club waters
  • Instruction if required: Fly-fishing techniques on the water, Fly-casting & fly-tying

Included for travel companions:

  • Daily food & wine tours in the Pyrenees
  • Guided Cultural Tours
  • Wellness Therapies
  • Nature walks, airplane and boat tours into Nature Parks.
  • Shopping: Tax-Free in Andorra. Zaragoza city.
  • Guided Adventure Sports: hiking, MTB, kayaking, gladding and 4x4 routes.
  • All Gear: MTB, Kayaking and Gladding.
  • Photo Tours & Birdwatching

Our price list does not include:

  • Flights, travel insurance and gratuities.

From March to November, great fishing options

The Pyrenees and the foothills of the Pyrenees offer great fishing year-round! However, weather dictates that our season typically runs March through November.

From the lowland farming areas where there are prolific hatches from early March, to the higher mountain valleys where the snow may not leave until June or, some rivers have its best moment during November.

Reviews

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

Orvis Special Event:

The Best of the Spanish Pyrenees:
Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour
Dates: June 8-15, 2019
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: $6,950 per person


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