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.
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.
"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.
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.
Day 1 - Posets Maladeta Park
Day 2 - Canyons of Guara Nature Reserve
Day 3 – Aigües Tortes and Sant Maurici National Park
Day 4 - The Unknown Catalonia
Day 5 – The North Face Route
Day 6 - Lost River & Wine Tour
Day 1 - Valles Occidentales Park
Day 2 - The Aragon Valley & El Camino de Santiago
Day 3 - Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park
Day 4 - The Hidden Valley
Day 5 - Hemingway's Pyrenees Route
Day 6 - French Pyrenees National Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
As part of your trip planning we can notify you of the best flies for the month of your visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.