Fly Fishing in France

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Use our assistance and services for all the regions listed on the website  We can help you book and organize any stay or guided day on the river of your choice. At many places we can also help you fish alone or "self guided" following our written instructions and directions. The minimum service charge is 82 euros.

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General info on season & licenses - How is the fishing in France ? - Special early & late season fishing - Salmon & Sea run trout fishing - Silure & pike fishing...

Your host, Nick on the river Risle...

courtesy of Eddy Wittry from Colorado. © Paris 1999


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Brief information on license & season

"Au Rendez vous des Pêcheurs" means "Fishermen's rendez vous"


Fly fishing in France...

How is the fishing in France ?

Gourmetfly.com is offering you a unique way to discover France from its outstanding country... side. Fishing in France is quite good and France has produced enough fly fishing world champions to prove that you can fish, have fun and learn a lot on our rivers. BUT ! fishing here is rarely easy. France does not compare with any of the usual commercial fishing destinations (and actually, it is not a commercial fishing destination). I am not joking, this is a serious warning. No one must expect miracles here, it is a different pleasure !

Brief informations on Seasons & Fishing License

License - In 1999, the picture became compulsory on most fishing licenses, do not forget to take one. Fishing licenses are often sold at places like the café "Au Rendez vous des Pêcheurs" on picture above, in very small villages, where getting an instant picture is difficult ! (By the way pêcheur means fisherman). The cost of a full season's local fishing license is around 70 euros. If you move to another region, some areas will accept this license, some others will require a complementary ticket between 15 and 30 euros. Most places sell week licenses named "Holiday license" at around 30 euros. In 2007, day licenses have been introduced. The price is between 10 and 15 euros per day. Licenses on internet: It is possible now (2015) to buy licenses on internet, but unfortunately the system rejects most overseas credit cards. Private stretches: In the regions of Normandy and Jura we often fish on private properties requiring a day permit in addition to the license. Price  ranging between 30 and 60 euros per day per angler.

Season - The trout season usually starts the 2nd, Sunday of March. Some areas offer good early season fishing, but dry fly really starts to be attractive everywhere by late April or May. The peak season will last until mid or late July. August is excellent  in the high mountains or for beautiful evening rises in Normandy. September is considered as a re-birth for the hot places. The normal closing is on the 3rd Sunday of September. Some mountain regions grant an extension until mid October. After this date you still have dry fly opportunities on grayling (Thymallus thymallus) in rivers classified "2nd category" or coarse fish rivers. The most attractive of these places is the Dordogne, but there are others in the Massif Central mountains. We also have very attractive autumn  fishing of salmon (grilse), in Brittany, and sea run trout in Normandy. The price of the salmon stamp is around 50 euros.  Note that the grayling opens around the 20th of May, and many grayling rivers prohibit wading before this date.

For the Alps or the Pyrenees, the peak of runoff should be in May. Some April days are good but the best period is starting in June. The period mid-September, early October, is a great period for the Spanish Pyrenees of Aragon and Catalonia, and also in the Alps.



March, April & early May

The best early season rivers are found around the Dordogne & in Ardèche Cévennes

Late season opportunities

Trout, all September in the Spanish Pyrenees of Catalonia or Aragon & Grayling in September and October in Dordogne or Auvergne


During the winter...

Lake or  closed waters fisheries fishing for trout

Salmon & sea run trout


To fish salmon in France browse Brittany

The best salmon fishing in Spain is found in the region of Asturias

Sea run trout

La Touques in Normandy

Le Pays de Caux in Normandy also


In Burgundy Silure silurus glanis, huge catfish weighing up to 200 lbs



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