Choose Orvis-endorsed accommodations at a Salvelinus lodge on your fly-fishing adventure in the Spanish Pyrenees. Salvelinus' program is easily customized to fit your travel plans. For example, you can fish different locations each day in a week, choosing from spring creeks in alpine meadows, larger streams flowing through verdant valleys in the mid and low country, or remote streams and lakes, including helicopter fly-outs to the most unspoilt waters.
Experts, beginners, and non-anglers can all be accommodated for a well-rounded travel experience; and it's possible to make this a memorable holiday for companions who don't fish and prefer to sightsee, explore ancient villages and national parks, or learn more about Spanish culture, including the delights of its food and wine.
This flexibility and expertise makes Salvelinus a unique operation in Europe. Add a trip to Spain or a Mediterranean Cruise to a week in any of these lodges and you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your loved ones.
"My philosophy has always been fishing where others cannot reach. Thirty years of scouting gave me enough options to operate two fly-fishing lodges in the Pyrenees, with the first established in 1999. When we noticed our guests' most precious time was shared among loved ones, we incorporated a full range of customizable experiences at both lodges. We also developed private wine tours in La Rioja or San Sebastian, taking place before or after the visit to the lodges. Finally, I designed, under the seal of secrecy, the Ultimate Pyrenees Tour: an unparalleled multi-destination itinerary to fly fish at its best times and spots from one end of the Pyrenees to the other."
Ivan Tarin, Founder of SALVELINUS
Premier European Fly Fishing Lodges For Anglers And Travel Companions.
Both lodges have stunning mountain village location and both are rich in medieval history. The unique rule of both lodges is "make yourself at home."
SANTA CILIA Fishing Lodge, in Western Pyrenees, is a 15th-century palace transformed into a cozy. five-room fly-fishing lodge that sits the banks of the Aragon River at the ancient village of Santa Cilia.
The old winepress building, used by the monks of the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña 500 years ago, is now a bar lounge for the anglers. Swap stories at the end of each day over a glass of wine as you anticipate the day ahead.
There is a terrace by the river, a wader room, a fly shop, massage room, as well as a dining room converted from an old stable.
AREN Lodge, in Eastern Pyrenees, is located in a 10th-century village within the natural boundary formed by the neighboring high-country area. The area remained untouched until the 20th century, and it is accessible through the Sopeira gorge.
This is not a traditional fishing lodge, but a wonderful, intimate, traditional hotel nested in the village of Aren. It has a 30-guest capacity: 4 suites, 2 apartments, and 8 bedrooms, fully furnished.
Good food and wine are clearly a passion here. The meals are typical of Northern Spain origin and they are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines from the Spain's best wineries. Wine lovers will have the option of sampling special wines from host's private cellar.
In Santa Cilia you will dine on mouth-watering Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine in the recently-restored 15th-century dining room. Using fresh, local produce, the menu at the lodge is second to none. Appetizers, wine, cava, and cocktails are served before dinner, at the terrace of the lodge.
In Aren, meals are served at the nearby hotel restaurant, which is recognized as one of the most authentic hotspots in the region. The menu features local, organic ingredients that is anything but ordinary. The owner, Juan Antonio, and his family have been running the restaurant since 1715, and their attention to culinary detail is deliciously evident.
If you know where and when to go and what kind of flies to use, you will find great fly fishing opportunities along the extensive Pyrenees from March to November.
MID-MARCH through MID-JUNE: SPRING
The fishing season begins on the 1st of March when rivers are at their lowest water levels. Great dry fly fishing for Zebra Trout until late April. May is a great period for rainbows and browns in some prolific tailwater fisheries end of May and first half of June are ideal for high-mountain fly fishing and golden stonefly hatches for any of the species than inhabits the Pyrenees.
MID-JUNE through MID-AUGUST: SUMMER
Summer is the time of year for spending time outdoors in the Pyrenees because they are spared the stifling heat that can hit the flatlands. Look for best hatches in freestone rivers specially from mid June through late July for any of the species than inhabits the Pyrenees.
MID-AUGUST through MID-SEPTEMBER: LATE SUMMER
At the end of summer, average temperatures in the Pyrenees start getting crisper, although not yet cold. An excellent time for targeting any of the species and waters of the Pyrenees.
MID-SEPTEMBER through LATE NOVEMBER: FALL
Autumn is many people's favorite time of year in the Pyrenees. Long spells of stable sunny weather and optimal fishing options in high and low river courses including tailwaters. In September and first part of October is better for dries for any kind of trout and also for the barbel. Mid-October to the end of the season is great time for targeting large fish, specially rainbows and browns.
Considered not only the fastest trout and one of the most challenging to catch but a living fossil. The Zebra Trout is also a subspecies of brown trout belonging to a Mediterranean lineage which survived the latest Ice Age and because of that, it is considered the oldest trout in Europe. Extremely alert and able to disappear instantly, its speed taking the fly is outstanding. Although there are very dense populations of small individuals, there are also trophy specimens of zebra trout mostly in remote high mountain lakes.
Brown trout is the predominant species in the area, inhabiting most of the waterways of the Pyrenees. In many cases, there is hybridization with the native Mediterranean trout. The brown trout adapts well to a large number of scenarios, and therefore we find stable populations in the high, mid and also in the low country
IBERIAN BARBEL 'GOLDEN BONE'
The freshwater bonefish inhabits in great numbers some of the reservoirs of the Pyrenees. This exciting species is an excellent match for those looking for a different fly fishing experience. Although the average golden bone that inhabits these cold waters do not usually exceed 8-10 pounds, there is a stable population in some spots with an average weight of about 3-4 pounds, which delights fishers who dare to angle this little-known species.
BROOK TROUT Active brookies inhabit some of the remotest spots for fly fishing in the Pyrenees. The headwaters of many rivers in the Pyrenees were stocked with brook trout back in the 1950s. However, they are only found in specific streams in the Pyrenees. Brook trout thrive in icy, oxygen-rich waters which means that they are rarely seen with other trout. They rise readily to dry flies. The Pyrenees has several lakes where you can see significant populations of brook trout. These remote alpine lakes are located in high country valleys without any surrounding forest.
RAINBOW TROUT Rainbows were first introduced into Pyrenean waters more than 60 years ago and are mainly present in Pyrenees' rivers. Healthy and powerful specimens inhabit some of the rivers of the Pyrenees, and they have somewhat different habits to other species of trout that live in the Pyrenees. Rainbows are generally more active and less selective than brown trout. The large rainbow trout that inhabit these waters are incredibly cunning, selective, and can drive the best angler crazy.
THE MAGNIFICENT NATURAL BORDER BETWEEN FRANCE AND SPAIN:
SMALL GLACIERS, LAKES, CIRQUES OR GLACIAL ORIGIN AND AN ENORMOUS RANGE OF VALLEYS AND CANYONS
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 the natural border between France and Spain and it extends for about 267 miles from the Bay of Biscay in the west to the Mediterranean sea on the eastern coast of the peninsula. To the west, there are the granite ridges of Maladetas and Balaitus, the deep valleys of Ordesa National Park and the extensive native forests of the valleys of Ans', Echo, and Arag''s. The southern slopes of the Pyrenees include Navarre, the province of Huesca in Arag'n, and the provinces of Lleida and Gerona in Catalonia.
MORE THAN 1500 MILES OF RIVERS AND HUNDREDS OF LAKES FOR WILD TROUT FISHING
There are very few places in the world with such an enormous variety of climates, altitudes, and landscapes than the southern face of the Pyrenees Mountains.
Fly fishing with Salvelinus, the range of possibilities dramatically expands when one realizes that there are trout waters from the foothills to the upper areas of the Pyrenees; from 150 m (452 ft.) above sea level to just over 2,500 m (8,202 ft.).
FLY FISHING TECHNIQUES
Dry-fly fishing is the best way to fish these rivers. Many fishing sessions organized by Salvelinus involve 100% dry fly fishing, and that means sight fishing too, although often nymphing is way more productive in the majority of these waters. Fly fishing with streamers is also an option, albeit more with rainbows than with other trout species.
The variety of waters covers a vast spectrum from small creeks to high mountain streams, pocket waters to big rivers, and a variety of different lakes. Pyrenean rivers are from 19 km (12 mi.) to 201 km (125 mi.) long, although each section is entirely different. The headwaters carry fast-flowing waters and boulder-strewn beds while the middle stretches with rapids and pools are more comfortable areas to fish. The lower stretches with their deep pools can reach up to 100 yards wide. Every pool, every current has its own personality, every feeding location and every lie are distinctive, and Salvelinus knows them all. These food-rich waters breed feisty trout that more often than not surprise the angler leaving him staring at a snapped tippet.
REMOTENEST OF THE FISHING SPOTS
Which such variety of scenarios you will be able to fish from easy accessible club waters just 30 minutes driving from the lodge, to remote alpine lakes, just accessible by five hours hiking or using the helicopter.
Let Salvelinus know your preferences and you will have a tailored itinerary for fishing the kind of spots and waters you like more.
FRIENDLY WEATHER CONDITIONS
Spanish Pyrenees has a very favorable climate but there are really big different conditions between lower reaches where are located our lodges and high mountain locations, where we will be fishing some days.
Please do not forget some polar clothes although you came along summer time, weather in the mountains easily changes.
Sunny days are very common so please do not forget your solar cream, either.
The average temperatures are:
|MONTH||LOWER REACHES||HIGH MOUNTAIN|
|March||40-65 F / 4-18 C||--|
|April||45-68 F / 7-20 C||--|
|May||55-79 F / 13-26 C||42-70F / 6-21C|
|June||57-82 F / 14-28 C||46-73 F / 8-23 C|
|July||60-90 F / 16-32 C||50-77 F / 10-25 C|
|August||63-91 F / 17-33 C||53-80 F / 12-27 C|
|September||59-82 F / 15-28 C||46-72 F / 8-22 C|
|October||52-75 F / 11-24 C||--|
|November||43-65 F / 6-18 C||--|
Rain is not very common but it is usual thunders along late August and rain along some days in April and October. Snow is usual in High Mountain from November to March.
Week at Santa Cilia Lodge, Western Pyrenees: $7700
Week at Aren Lodge, Eastern Pyrenees: $7700
8, 11, or 14-day Ultimate Pyrenees Tour: From $9600
Prices per person, all inclusive. Children under 18, 50% off
You can find more packages available and all pricing information at: www.salvelinus.com
Salvelinus offers all-inclusive first class travel program. Once you begin your Salvelinus journey, you will not have to worry about anything other than enjoying yourself. There will not be any bill at the end of your stay.
The package includes:
Transfers to/from our lodges to/from Zaragoza train station, and Lleida train station.
Full board and accommodation in double rooms.
Daily housekeeping and mid-week laundry services.
Three meals per day and appetizers, including tasting menus and tapas tours included in the itinerary
All drinks including wine paring along each of the meals, cocktails before and after dinner and wine tasting session in the cellars of the lodges
English-speaking professional guides for fly fishing (2 anglers per guide) and for each of the activities and experiences described in the itinerary.
Use of fly rods & reels, all flies, and tackle as well as other necessary equipment for other guided activities like kayaking or MTB.
Fishing licenses to any of the regions visited
Daily fishing permits for club waters and additional daily permits for club waters, if needed
Other access fees to private areas, UNESCO resources, wineries or National Parks.
One massage therapy per week and per guest
Outdoors and indoors Spa
For fly fishing on high country streams, Salvelinus suggests rods be 8, 6 to 9 feet, line weights 3 or 4. Floating line, 9 ft. leaders with a final tippet of 4X to 6X.
For fly fishing in mid and low country rivers, Salvelinus recommends a 9 ft. rod, line weight 5 with a floating WF line, 9 ft. leaders with a final tippet of 3X to 5X.
For lake fishing and streamer fishing, Salvelinus suggests 7 wt. rod, 9 ft. floating and sinking tip lines will be handy, 9 ft. leaders with a final tippet of 0X to 1X.
Felt soles are prohibited in the region. Salvelinus recommend studded rubber soles.
HOW TO ARRIVE?
Barcelona and Madrid international airport have easy access to high speed trains to Zaragoza and Lleida. The duration of the ride is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Once you have arrived, a Salvelinus representative will be picking you up for a one and a half hour car transfer to the lodge, included in your package.
For a fee, Salvelinus can arrange for a private chauffeured service from/to Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao airports or other locations.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR THE SALVELINUS EXPERIENCE?
The climate in the Northeastern Spain is generally pleasant, but the temperature mainly depends on the altitude.
For fly fishing trips in general, the best dates range from the end of March to the beginning of November.
For dry fly specific, come between late March to mid April, late May to late July or late August to early October.
For heli-fishing on remote waters, we highly recommend coming between mid-June to mid-October.
SHOULD I BRING EQUIPMENT?
This is optional but recommended. Salvelinus offers a complementary top-quality equipment for fly fishing and any guided activities. You will receive detailed information of a list of items to bring prior to your trip with us.
NOTE: Please bring your own hiking boots for Heli fishing or guided hiking
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER FISHED BEFORE OR NEED TO IMPROVE MY TECHNIQUE?
Many guests are casual or novice anglers, and Salvelinus guides enjoy sharing their passion for fishing with anglers of all skill levels. Please add a note when you make your reservation and we will add a customized learning program to your fly-fishing trip. Salvelinus also offers along the season a series of fly fishing instructional programs at the Zebra Trout Fly-Fishing School.
IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS?
There is internet access in all accommodations included in Salvelinus' programs
CAN ANGLERS AND OTHER TRAVELERS ENJOY THE SALVELINUS EXPERIENCES?
Salvelinus has designed tours for outdoor lovers, passionate anglers and experienced travelers since 1999.
While anglers dig into a customized fly fishing program, non-angling companions can enjoy a made-to-measure multi-activity schedule including: nature, adventure, culture, wellness, wine, and gastronomy.
CAN I DO PARTIAL TIME FISHING AND PARTIAL TIME OTHER ACTIVITIES?
Yes, this is a program multiple anglers have done in the past. Some of the activities we offer include: hiking, kayaking, wellness therapy, cultural and wine tours.. Please contact us so that we may discuss and customized your trip based on your interests.
ALTHOUGH ME AND MY NON ANGLER PARTNER ARE DOING SEPARATE ACTIVITIES, CAN WE MEET FOR LUNCH IN THE SAME VALLEY I AM FISHING?
This is time and location dependent, meaning that it may be possible on some days and not other days. Please contact us so that we may discuss on the more specific details.
CAN THE OPERATION CATER TO PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY?
Yes, as an operation that specializes in tailoring fly fishing trips, we do cater to people with limited mobility. Upon booking the trip, you will receive a booking form, to which you can mention your preferences and limitations. We use that information plan out the best itinerary for you. Feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss this beforehand.
IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING HOME FISH/ GAME?
Sorry, we practice catch-and-release here.
There is plenty of cultural beauty to discover across Spain where our cities, bursting with culture, are steeped in ancient history and vibrant charm. Salvelinus will show you beautifully aged architecture dating back to prehistoric times, monasteries, castles, Romanesque jewels, and plenty of UNESCO sites. Northern Spain's architecture is equally as inviting as its history'do not miss a Salvelinus' cultural experience along the Way of Saint James, a guided tour of ancient Pyrenean villages, or the stunning architecture of Zaragoza.
Tuck into delicious tapas, first-class wines, and the traditional cuisine of the Spanish Pyrenees and the Ebro Valley made off down-to-earth, uncomplicated dishes based on locally available ingredients and regionally grown crops. Salvelinus embraces the inside scoop on Spain's renowned gourmand scene from native guides stopping along the way to regain strength at the best eateries in the region. Salvelinus' food and wine tours are more than sensual feasts but a paradigm that elevates a travel experience to its uniqueness.
NATURE & ADVENTURE
Among the green valleys of northern Spain, verdant forests of pine and oak grow on the shores of sparkling rivers and alpine lakes. Salvelinus showcases a side of Spain that eludes most and captures the imagination and the hearts of all who journey here. Discover the only country in Europe that can boast biodiversity and untamed nature drawn by the diversity of waters. Salvelinus' territory comprises three National Parks and over 20 natural reserves'a place of storybook villages and vibrant landscapes with a rich cultural heritage. Guided hiking, kayaking and MTB are available and included in the regular packages for travel companions.
Whether you seek to disconnect from the outside world, challenge yourself, or relax in nature, a Salvelinus' restorative experience is the perfect way to revive the mind, body, and soul. Connect with nature strolling along the Pyrenean mountains and valleys, detox in nature or look for balance with wellness therapies and meditation. Besides, Salvelinus' lodges are awe-inspiring; places that feel delightfully intimate, peaceful, and secluded.
The Pyrenees mountains straddle the border between Spain and France covering an area of over 20,000 square miles which do not mean the same until you have witnessed them from a great height. Discover trout's wildest shelters surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and for those in search of a dream, Salvelinus reaches into the most remote areas of the Pyrenees. Hop on!
With the largest surface of vineyards in the world, Spain is home to some of the most spectacular wineries in existence. Salvelinus offers a collection of expertly guided tours across the most stunning wineries in Spain in prestigious wine regions such as La Rioja or Priorat. Groundbreaking architecture, unbeatable scenery, amazing gastronomy, and stellar wines unite to make Salvelinus' wine tours a top choice for wine lovers. Enjoy one of these private, chauffeured and totally customized wine tours before or after the visit to our lodges in the Pyrenees.
Additional options and combinations are available by request.
|SANTA CILIA LODGE – WESTERN PYRENEES - MAY TO OCTOBER|
|May to Sept||Nights||Guided Days||Price/Person|
|Half Week||3 nights||3 Days||$3,750|
|Week||7 nights||6 Days||$7,700|
|ARÉN LODGE – EASTERN PYRENEES - MARCH TO NOVEMBER|
|March to Nov||Nights||Guided Days||Price/Person|
|Half Week||3 nights||3 Days||$3,750|
|Week||7 nights||6 Days||$7,700|
|THE ULTIMATE PYRENEES TOUR|
|Multi-destination odyssey featuring the finest fly fishing, food & wine, culture and nature along the extensive Pyrenees.|
|8 nights||8 days||$9,600|
|11 nights||11 days||$13,200|
|14 nights||14 days||$16,800||Private Room: $150 per night||Private Guide: $290 per day|
|Sightseeing / Hiking / Photo safaris. March to November
HELI Fly Fishing / MTB / Walks & lunch. June to October
|Price per fly out||*estimated cost $750, prices may vary.|
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.
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.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:
|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.
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Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.
Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
Passports and documents
International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.
Arrival and Departure
Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.
Equipment & clothing
You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
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Orvis Special Events:
Eastern Spanish Pyrenees:
Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour
Dates: Oct. 26th - Nov. 2nd, 2020
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: $7,700 per person, double occupancy