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CERTIFIED FLY FISHING GUIDE AND INSTRUCTOR

José H. Weigand

After fly fishing, photographing and filming in over 35 countries, I have come to realize what a real treasure chest we have in Spain. I am committed to your knowing all about my home waters. Fly fishing in the fresh and saltwaters of Spain is amazing, from trout, Atlantic salmon or sea trout to carp, barbel, wels catfish, pike, bass, bonito, bluefish, tuna and even white marlin.

Spain on the Fly is a specialized company dedicated to organizing your custom fishing trip to Spain, in collaboration with some of the best and most experienced guides in the country.

Reo (sea trout)

 

A DIFFERENT WAY TO MAKE YOUR FISHING TRIP CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU TO GET THE BEST OF SPAIN

It is true that many foreign anglers know about trout fishing in Spain through the popularity of the Pyrenees, and really they are spectacular, but there is much more to be discovered across the country, as far south as Andalusia.

Throughout the entire territory there are many trout waters from freestone Rivers, chalk streams, lakes and reservoirs where you can catch wild brown trout and rainbows. Because of the weather and the type of rivers abundant hatches occur and you can fish both either dry fly and nymph or streamer.

* In addition, sea trout can be fished for in northern Spain and there are a few chances for Atlantic salmon.

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WILD BROWN TROUT, SEA TROUT AND ATLANTIC SALMON

From spring to mid-October brown trout (salmo trutta fario) are fished for in rivers of all kinds, but there are many chalk streams and freestones. This is where the dry fly fishing and, especially nymph fishing is of utmost importance.

The center and north of the country are where there are more and most different rivers. Lowland and medium to high mountain rivers nestled in natural landscapes of great beauty witnesses to really a important cultural past, where the Romanesque and Gothic arts take on a special role, and some of these rivers are also crossed by the famous St. James Pilgrim’s Way.

Fly fishing for trout in Spain is not only about catching fish, is also inviting as one of the cradles of the fly fishing world.

Season: April-October

 Sella river Asturias

FREESTONE RIVERS, CHALK STREAMS, LAKES AND RESERVOIRS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY

They call it the “golden bonefish” and it really is like a “freshwater relative” to bonefish. The barbel is one of the most abundant fish in Spain and every one of the species is really attractive.

Three of them are most notable, the common barbel, the comizo and the gypsy. Older specimens can exceed 10 kilos (22lb) although their average weight is (depending on the area) at about 4 pounds. There´s sight fishing, stalking, walking the shores in search of these fish patrolling the shallows and feeding on surface or “tailing” like bonefish. It is one of the few fish that often allow us to suddenly see the backing on the reel.

Foam flies that imitate terrestrials and nymphs, crayfish and prey fish imitations are the best options.

Can you imagine a “golden bonefish” day with dozens of catches or having a fish of 6-8 pounds at the end of your line?

Want to try for a “golden bonefish” Grand Slam? Go to the next page.

Narcea river Asturias

SIGHT FISHING FOR BARBEL IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING WAYS TO FLY FISH WITH OVER 90% ON DRY FLIES!

In some parts of the country it is possible to catch these three real gems in the same waters. We call it the “Golden Grand Slam” and you can get and even surpass that with a “Golden Super Grand Slam”, adding to the list the largemouth bass and carp on the same day’s fishing. Interesting, right?

It’s all sight fishing and in some of the most beautiful and wild sierras of southern Spain, where nature is at its greatest splendor with deer, wild boar and eagles as witnesses.

Season: March-November

Salmon 

GET THE BARBEL GRAND SLAM! 3 DIFFERENT SPECIES ALL IN THE SAME AREA

 This could be termed the “new gold rush”. There is a great love for carp fly fishing worldwide. In Spain, with the arrival of the bleak, carp behavior has changed and it’s common to see attacks on baitfish schools as though they were marine predators.

Widely distributed in the country, carp are found mostly all year around. Bring #7-8 weight rods because carp grow up to large sizes. Sight casting to 10-20 pound carp is one of the most intense experiences in freshwater fly fishing.

Bring your fly reels loaded with 100 yards, more than once you´ll see it all ripped off your reel!

There are two main varieties of carp. Common and Mirror carp. Both grow to large sizes. Apart from bleak and crawfish as their main food, carp anglers also use bait for them with boilies and pellets so over recent years their weight and size has increased, that´s an advantage for fly anglers.

Its wide distribution means that even if you are travelling on business in a major city like Madrid, you can catch them at a short half hour drive, although it is best to plan a few days of fishing and add other species from different locations.

Season: March-November

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THE NEW GOLD RUSH! SIGHT FISHING WITH BAITFISH IMITATIONS

Largemouth bass on the fly and especially surface flies like deer hair bugs is the equivalent of dry fly fishing for trout. Traditional and excellent fishing. In Spain there are several of the best places in Europe to catch them and their abundance and size increases every year.

It is possible to catch them virtually all year round in several Spanish regions, especially in central and southern peninsula.

It is also possible to fly fish for other species in the same waters as carp, barbel and northern pike.

If you have already fished for largemouth bass you will have the chance to get a big one and if it is your first time, you won´t forget it.

Ideal for combining with other species, even with saltwater fly fishing during the week.

Season: March-November

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SPAIN IS CONSIDERED THE BEST LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTRY IN EUROPE

The end of summer marks one of the most prolific fishing seasons in the waters of the Straits of Gibraltar with the arrival of the flying fish. Few natural spectacles are as impressive as the flight of these magnificent fish escaping from predators. Both move at high speed and you need to follow them with the boat. Once in the hunting area there are only a few opportunities to cast and then start again. Bonito, barracuda, amberjack, bluefish or sea bass are the main predators in the area.

Bonito hunt on the surface early and late in the day, basically fleeing from bright sunlight. Streamers are attacked even before touching the water, that’s how fast barracuda hunt flying fish.

Season: August-November

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MANNA FROM HEAVEN! AUTUMN FLYING FISH PARADE

Also there are chances of different saltwater species such as sea bass, bluefish, amberjack, leerfish or snapper, and at specific times bluefin tuna and white marlin. Southern Spain is a great area for white marlin fishing, close to the famous area of Morocco where several world records have been caught.

Season: August-November

WHITE MARLIN ON THE FLY!

 

*If you or any of your companions want to use another type of fishing such as spinning or trolling do not worry, we can also do so. As an additional service, we also offer the possibility to make a professional video of your fishing trip and a photographic portfolio.

Please contact us to design your custom trip and host you on your Spanish adventure. You will discover a Spain quite attractive for fly fishing and will enjoy all the best aspects of our country, such as culture, climate, food, wine and friendly people.

You will find the perfect place to unwind and relax after the day’s fishing and with immediate access to cultural life and leisure activities of the area.

We can count on our professional colleagues to provide the best GREATNESS accommodation and amenities to make your stay in Spain unforgettable. Besides quality fishing, Spain offers unique and very attractive tourist and cultural attractions.

 

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