im just curious if anyone has fished the pyrenees mountains in the months of march and april? i lived there some years ago for autum and winter, regretfully without my flyrod and waders... ill be heading there this march till mid april for work, is there too much snow and snow run off for river fishing? ill be in Valle de Aran.
ive looked online and found very little info about later winter fishing mostley all info on summer and fall fishing.
any info would be great!
Quite a few years ago I spent a few days with my nephew from Madrid and Ivan Tarin who has a lodge in the Pyrenees. His website is salvelinus dot com. It's a nice setup with a spacious lodge and a nice bunch of guides. I went in July/August. It was mainly a trip to introduce my nephew to fly fishing and he had a great time. Ivan took us around the local rivers, which was pretty technical fishing - spooky fish requiring stealth, and accurate casting. The last day he took us on top of a plateau which used to be a volcano thousands of years back. Now it's a perfect setting for fishing terrestrials - a flatland covered in little creeks all intertwined, super clear and quite fast. My nephew under the tuition of the guide took a 8lb+ wild brown on a dragonfly imitation. Two days before Ivan was giving him casting lessons. Me, jealous???
There's also George Chang who runs PescaTravel arranging trips abroad and within all of Spain. He would have contacts as he has many, who could guide you. A very nice chap who speaks Spanish as well as English (he's from the US but now lives in Spain, and has Spanish heritage from the north in Asturias)
If you're thinking more DIY there's a set of cheap books by an Englishman for fishing in areas all over Spain (Philip Pembroke), one of which details the Pyrenees. As you probably know a licence is required by region and you'll have to purchase this beforehand. There's a website telelicencia dot com which you can use to buy your licence. You'll need to email a scan of your passport and they'll email it back to you. Having lived there I assume you can handle the lingo and navigate it in Spanish.
PS I don't know about the Pyrenees, but March and April are too early for the rivers of Asturias where I fish every year. This year has been a bad year for snow, though that probably equates to good water levels for the spring and summer. There, May is probably the earliest you could fish and in a year with lots of snow like this year, water may be too high. I guess those guides mentioned could tell you that sort of info.