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Pays de Caux
Le Pays d'Ouche
Closed waters fishery in the Pays d'Ouche region of Normandy...
Easy day trip from Paris
|Some time after Jan 1st, fly fishers of all countries start feeling the fever of the forthcoming
opening... but sometimes this day is coming a bit slowly. To face the growing demand for days fishing during winter
and early spring months we take our guests to places like this Moulin (mill), in the Pays d'Ouche region of Normandy.
These days provide an enjoyable occasion for a countryside day, plus with the thrill and fun to fly fish many big
and beautiful trouts.
The beautiful setting of an old mill, with a comfortable little
lodge dedicated to fishing chats. This club was created 30 years ago, and is now really a classic place.
Even in the coldest moments...
The place described here is located at 150 kms west of Paris.
We can arrange days at a similar mill in the Champagne region (230
kms east of Paris)
|The mill features a nice deep lake and a network of mill ponds fed one by eachother with a system of small chutes.
There is also the main river Avre and a stocked river stretch which is a narrower finger.
The lake and mill ponds are especially attractive (unfortunately) as a Plan-B for periods of extremely sad
weather or flooded rivers.
Carl is definitely not a beginner but the small river behind him is the perfect stream to teach the notion of good
drift to a beginner.
On this river are used dry flies and classic nymphs like phesant tails, amber nymps or hare's ear. Nymphs are often
fished "at sight".
Carl with a superb brown trout...
|Make no mistake though. Yes it is a good place for learning because there is a lot of fish in the water providing
many new occasions if one is missed. But fishing is nothing easy and requires good skill and talent.
The lake holds plenty of wonderful trout of all sizes and features an outstandingly pure water. Bugs hatches are
consistent and rich and can even reach a state of sheer astonishment during the period of the big mayflies.
The mayfly hatch happens earlier than on neighbour rivers by late April or early May, and the quantity of flies
on the water is really surprising. The rest of the time is occupied by chironomids, black gnats (bibio) and brown
caddis or sedges. River flies like Hendricksons, Adams or blue Wing Olives also find work.
I look sad but mine is not bad either... I am just frozen, that
is winter fishing !
Some of the rainbows are really big...
Big rainbow trouts
The specialty of this deep lake however is a stunning population of really big rainbows up to 15 lbs ! Four
or five pounders are very common. The big trouts sometimes hit a dry fly or small nymph but are usually fished
For special occasions, we can ask Gilles to catch and prepare a smoked trout for our lunch. On toasts
of pain de campagne and butter, with a white Burgundy or Arbois, it is just fantastic...
Lunch or Picnic
Unlike the chalk stream rivers of the other pages, the fishing time at the lake and stocked rivers is not necessarily
so much concentrated in the late evening. Therefore, we are usually taking the picnic at lunch time at the lodge.
There are tables outside and BBQ outside.
Joseph with his excellent rainbow...
And with a good brown also...
Prices & Accommodation
Pays d'Ouche Rates
Please ask by email for the specific closed waters rates
Choice of accommodation for the Pays d'Ouche
Very nice watermill country inn - Cottage (gîtes) rental.
Different itineraries can take us from the château d'Anet, to the forest of Rambouillet. There are many
well kept villages like for instance Montfort-Lamaury. It is a typical French countryside. If you or your
wife like countryside antique shops (brocanteurs), we can show you where they are.
If you are staying overnight, going to visit the outstanding cathedral of Chartres is quite easy.
A number of different golf courses allow us to combine the two sports on your demand.
Gate of the Château des Mesnuls in the forest of Rambouillet
Accomodation or sightseeing. Appartments can be rented in this
Featuring: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and salon
with fireplace and billiard at around 400 euros for the week-end or 700 euros for the week.
In season, the mill and the lake can be combined with chalk-stream
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