The Region of Béarn
Trout & Salmon fishing in the French Pyrenees
war salmon anglers, catches of a single (good) day
Salmon fishing in the Pyrenees
The Béarn region of the Pyrenees offers a great diversity of fishing landscapes. From the high peak of Orhy to the low valley of the Gave d'Oloron all kind of torrents, mountain streams and salmon rivers can be found. The "Gave" is an impressive emerald green powerful wide river with the snowy Pyrenees making the background decor. Until the early 50's the region was visited by international salmon anglers like Iceland or Russia today. The salmon runs are no longer what they were but a few specialists make nice catches every year. A challenging experience for the visitor...There is still a sort of "world championship" organized in Sauveterre.
The old bridge's pool in Sauveterre
Salmon pictures & Foie Gras jars
From Paris, approx 750km. Access directly by car or better by train to Bayonne or plane to Biarritz or Pau. Nearest Big city, Pau 40km, Bayonne 70km.
The villages and riverbank market towns around the Basque mountains and Béarn valleys are fantastic places to visit. We have many recommended addresses of little picturesque and unforgettable restaurants. You may also visit vineyards or cellars at Jurançon or Irouléguy.
There are miles of stretches for trout & salmon. Fishing period for trout from mid- March to mid-September. Hope of first dry fly fishing starting by mid-April. For international standards salmon permits are rather inexpensive. Salmon is fished on special days, from April to a flexible closing date determined when the quota of catches has been reached.
Fly shop dedicated to the King of fish ! (the salmon here)
Old time's queen fly for the Gave d'Oloron
We have a very good team of local professional fishing guides to increase your chances of success.
June 18th 2002 - 5.15 pm - Monumento al Gran Maestro Pescador de Salmones - Fully Orvis equipped, Jean Jacques Orzan and a beautiful 87 cm, 12 lbs salmon caught at the Bac d'Aren, on the Gave d'Oloron.
A traditionnal Hotel in Béarn
The "quaint" Hotel is an old distinguished house on a little place of a small charming town. The town itself offers attractive shopping. In front of your hotel are two of the best "charcuteries" in France, making world class dry ham "Jambon de Bayonne", pâté, saucissons, hot and cold dishes... everything to spend a great day out including stunning Cuban cigars manufactured locally ! There is also a very nice fly shop is in the same street.
Images of the Béarn
Nice quiet streets
Bike rental (soon)
B&B in the local style
Famous trout stream
View to the valley from pigeon hunting blinds
The sheeps and...
...the shepherds are great contributors to the local quality of life
Your fishing guide (right) is very skilled to introduce you to the local life...
and great (remote) small bistros and inns with welcoming owners
Like here at the Bistro & Church
Of Sainte Engrâce
Mountain stream and farm in the slope
"Fronton" to play traditional Basque ball games
The "Aubisque" famous slope of the "Tour de France"
To show you that this is real mountain" ! (Photo Daniel Arbacette)
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