Typical "estany" (altitude lake), Courtesy, Per B. from Sweden
Our recommended package features a quaint mountain hotel, Hostal de Montaña or an inexpensive and charming Mountain Refuge You will find there, nice people, nice setting and great food. The menus including wine and coñac hardly excess 20 euros.
Trip schedule over 2 days
The typical fishing break consists in leaving Barcelona to reach the valley as soon as possible on day 1, check in at your hotel and meet the guide to fish until the evening. The next day the guide will pick you up in the morning and will take you to the mountain for the full day. You will fish again or leave on the 3rd morning.
Rivers & lakes
There is a stunning network of mountain streams and torrents but the quantity of lakes is absolutely outstanding. Some are of easy reach with a 4x4 vehicle, and some others will be restricted to good walkers. These lakes are hosting brown trout and brook trout. Brook trout have been introduced long ago but are totally wild now. In Europe rivers are usually not cold enough for brook trout. Only these high lakes provide the proper habitat.
Brown trout & lake brook trout
Brown trout is fished on dry fly and nymphs in the rivers and torrents. Lake brook trout is fished on dry flies or light spinning.
Our guide is a Catalan mountain man montaner native of the valley. He is a keen fly fisherman and hunter, he knows a lot about the mountain fauna. He will take you in his 4x4 and maybe show you with binocular the local chamois named either rebecos, sarrios or isards. He speaks enough English for guiding purpose -and he is improving every day-.
Local chamois are named "rebecos" or "sarrios"
Visiting anglers must bring their own travel rod, footwear and waders. Our guide has light spinning tackle for visitors. Note also: These mountain torrents are perfect waters for an introduction to the Pyrenean bait fishing said au toc. Our guide has also all the equipment for this.
Images of High Catalonia
Courtesy of Tammy & Graeme Shaw from Missoula Montana
Their trip included a visit of Barcelona, a fishing foray in the Pyrenees, fishing on the Andelle and a château night in Normandy plus a couple of nights in Paris with a live concert of the Rolling Stones... Some people know how to travel and enjoy life ! Bravo Tammy & Greame.
a Roman bridge
pure mountain streams
mountain beauties, flowers...
...nice little brownies
and larger ones
from nice hidden pools
the night life in the valley is rather quiet
My friend Rick from NY, Xavier, and his 4 x 4
visiting another nice village with a stream running through
and even a special fishing beat for children in the village
the hotel's street
a nice old church
Spanish ham, cured chorizos and cheese at the market...
and in the forest...
Xavier & myself Sept 2006