Trout fishing destinations
The finest destinations in Catalonia for lovers of trout fishing are detailed below.
You’ll find rainbow trout and brown trout in intensive fishing and valley areas and wild trout in high mountain zones. The extensive variety of destinations available means that all types of angling are possible; from fly to live and artificial bait, and “catch and release” rules apply in almost all fishing areas, although some river sections do allow a “no-release” option.
Our experience and knowledge of the region means that we can provide assessment for our clients in choosing their destination, in line with their level and preferred fishing technique, age, physical fitness and group type (family or friends).
Anglès, fishing in the Girona area (Inland Costa Brava)
The River Ter, one of the largest in Catalonia begins in the Eastern Pyrenees, after some 200km it finally reaches the sea at the town of l’Estartit. After passing through the counties of El Ripollès and Osona it feeds the dams of Sau-Susqueda and El Pasteral, before entering into the county of La Selva, in the municipality of Anglès, where its flow is regulated.
The fish preserve of Anglès and the free stretch to Girona, offer an excellent population of trout, with fish that have been born in the river, and occasional restocking initiatives, with some fish reaching up to 60cm in length.
* Controlled fishing areas: intensive catch and release zone – salmonids. Lenght: 4.4km (approx.).
Permitted fishing technique: fly fishing.
* Free fishing zones: catch and release zone – salmonids. Length: 11km (approx.).
Permitted fishing technique: fly fishing, natural and artificial lures.
* Fish types and size: brown and rainbow trout of between 40 and 60cm.
* Fishing period: All year.
Anglès lies to the northeast of the county of La Selva, 17 km from Girona, 100 km from Barcelona and 40 km from the Costa Brava. Despite its humid climate, which is due to its bountiful rainfall and the nearby River Ter and the smaller Riera d’Osor, its mild temperatures (with an average of 15ºC) allow visitors to enjoy both nature and culture in this beautiful area.
Clients are given the option of choosing between a wide range of attractive activities, which are available in this captivating natural area and in the city of Girona.
Beyond the fishing area, which centres on the town of Anglès itself, the Girona region has been long-established as a venue for tourism and visitors of all kinds. If anglers and their group members have the time, the county has an almost endless variety of offers to enjoy, ranging from fishing towns on the Costa Brava to the (dormant) Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa, the old Jewish Quarter of Girona, the Dalí Museum in Figueres or they can even visit a vineyard in the county of The Empordà.
Our starting point is in the lower regions of the Natural Area of Les Guilleries-Savassona where the reservoir of Sau, with its appearance of a lake surrounded by slopping cliffs, makes it an attractive site for nature lovers.
Visitors can choose between 17 signposted walking routes, which take you through the finest areas of the park, with features of both natural and historical interest.
The park is also ideal for numerous outdoor activities, with ravine descents, via ferrata routes, abseiling, trekking, mountain-biking and kayaking.
Cycling enthusiasts can choose to take the locally-famous “Ruta del Carrilet”. This green route links the cities of Girona and Olot, on 57 km of relatively easy cycling following an old railway line. The town of Anglès is halfway along this route.
When it comes to culture, the best offer in the region is just ten minutes away by car from Anglès – the historical city of Girona, one of the most fascinating in all Catalonia.
Girona allows you to go back in time, with its 2,000 years or more of history, which all centre on two fortifies areas, “La Força Vella” (the oldest fortified area) and “Eixample Medieval” (The Medieval Expansion District). The former area dates back to the Roman settlement, while the second comprises the extension of the city walls during 14th and 15th centuries. There are abundant monuments and much of the city’s original artistic wealth can still be seen. No visit to Girona is complete without a visit to the former Jewish Quarter, “El Call”, with its narrow streets and squares, with its fascinating Baroque areas and the Art Nouveau constructions of the architect Rafael Masó.
The restaurants in the area of Anglès and La Cellera de Ter offer a delicious range of traditional Catalan cuisine and serve fresh, local produce.
Girona is well-renowned for its culinary dynamism, one characterised by a blend of traditional and avant-garde styles – with an emphasis on its roots and locally-grown produce. The city boasts an extensive offer of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine available: Catalan, Mediterranean, Signature and many more. The area’s culinary success has made it a name of international reference, with two Michelin-star establishments and El Celler de Can Roca which according to the prestigious publication Restaurant Magazine, is the “best restaurant in the world”.
Rural accommodation is the most widely available in both the municipality of Anglès and in the surrounding villages. Visitors are sure to enjoy a stay in charming rural Catalan houses, which are managed by local people in a country with a long history of hospitality.
Hotel accommodation is mainly found in the city of Girona.
Ripollès, fishing in the Catalan Pyrenees
The River Ter, with its total length of 200 km, and its main tributary, The River Freser, begins in the county of El Ripollès and offer an exceptional setting for angling.
Anglers will be able to discover rivers and untamed mountain streams, teeming with abundant wild, strong-spirited fish, or simply opt the wider, calmer stretches of the River Ter on its path through Ripoll, and where the largest trout are to be found.
The state of the rivers and tributaries in the county of El Ripollès is important in terms of the surface area of its river basins. The region itself is well-known for its rain and experiences heavy precipitation all-year round.
The excellent density of fish in these rivers has made El Ripollès one of the most attractive areas in Spain for catck and release fishing, and it is in fact more than a match with respect to other prestigious areas, such as the Pyrenees of Lleida or the Pyrenees of Aragón.
* Controlled fishing areas: permitted fishing technique: fly fishing
– salmonids – catch and release: 9 preserves. Total length: 98,90 km
– salmonids – no-release: 2 preserves. Total length: 16,7 km.
* Free fishing areas: salmonids – catch and release. Length: 84,9 km (approx.).
Permitted fishing technique: varies with respect to river area
* Type of fish and size: wild trout of between 20 and 35 cm, occasionally 50 cm. In the higher streams of La Vall de Ribes and La Vall de Camprodon, wild trout of between 15 and 25 cm can be found.
* Fishing period:
– Catch and release: from 14 March to 15 October
– No release: from 14 March to 31 August
El Ripollès is a county in the Eastern Pyrenees some 120 km from Barcelona, and which lies between three valleys: Camprodon, Ribes and El Baix Ripollès.
The county covers 956,2 km and to the north is flanked by the region of La Cerdanya and the French counties of El Conflent and El Vallespir.
Mountain peaks like El Puigmal or Bastiments, at just under 3,000 metres in height watch over the 19 towns scattered among the region, most of which are Medieval in origin. Valleys, rivers, mountains, rural villages, with all their natural charm are open to anglers, walkers, climbers, skiers or simply those who come to relax and take in the beauty of this unique area.
The area’s spectacular scenery, its natural calm and the charm of its modest mountain villages has made the county a popular destination for visitors, walkers and summer-vacationers from the Province of Barcelona.
Although a mountainous region, El Ripollès has managed to develop an excellent tourism infrastructure, without damaging its most valued asset – nature itself.
The county has some 9,000 establishments for visitors – including hotels, guest houses, apartments, hostels, and campsites, among others. It boasts 162 restaurants (one with a Michelin Star, “La Fonda Xesc” in the town of Gombrèn). A wide range of tourist activities is also on offer, with three ski resorts, a children’s animal park, twelve museums and tourist information sites, seven riding centres whits ponies and carriage routes, a golf course, eight adventure sports companies and three wellness spas.
In El Ripollès county there are 32,000 Protected Areas of Natural Interest in the Nature Network 2000 area (La Xarxa Natura 2000). The captivating beauty os this area and the diversity of pecies found here has led to 35% of the county being protected.
This beautiful natural landscape is ideal for walking, and trekking of all kinds is in fact well-rooted in the traditions of the area. A vast number of routes are possible, from easy strolls for all the family to more demanding hikes for experts.
Active tourism plays a highly important part in the life of the region. Cycling routes, mountain trekking, horseback riding, canyoning, climbing or potholing are among the options available in this area of magnificent natural beauty.
The roots of Catalonia and its people are found in the culture and history of this region, with the reunification of Catalan lands in the 10th century by the famous nobleman “Wilfred the Hairy”.
El Ripollès possesses a Romanesque heritage of the highest order. A wealth of Romanesque architecture extends throughout the region and the large number of Romanesque architectural vestiges that it still retains to this day ensures that visitors can enjoy one of the greatest diversities of Romanesque art in Europe, with over 98 monuments scattered across the area.
The cultural offer in the region also includes the “Land of Counts and Abbots Project” ( Terra de Comtes i Abats ), which takes visitors on a journey to the origins of Catalonia. El Ripollès is known as “the birthplace of Catalonia” and this initiative reveals the main scenarios and historical characters in the country’s history.
The region’s cuisine stems from mountain home-cooking tradition, and is the basis of a wide range of recipes that use wild mushrooms, cold cut meats and sausages, cheese, game, beef and lamb. Today, the woods, vegetable gardens, and domestic livestock and poultry,continue to provide the essential ingredients in the area’s cooking, with highly-valued produce such as Ripollès lamb.
All in all; natural products with a true taste, and prepared in a traditional manner in kitchens with a history that dates back over centuries, ensuring that the expectations of even the most demanding of palates will be satisfied.
The county of El Ripollès offers over 400 establishments to its visitors. Due to its characteristics the area has numerous, renowned centres for rural tourism, not to mention a large number of hotels of between 1 and 4 stars, which can be found in the most popular towns in the county.
We do however recommend that you experience your holiday in one of the seven mountain hostels in the area.
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