FLY FISHING IN ARAGÓN

The ultimate guide to fly fishing in Aragón: species, season, license, regulations, and much more.

Aragón is the region of Spain that offers the best opportunities for fly fishing. The most intriguing rivers are located in the Pyrenees, followed by the Pre-Pyrenees and the Iberian System.

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WHY CHOOSE ARAGÓN FOR FLY FISHING?

Aragón, an Autonomous Community traversed by the Ebro River and composed of three provinces—Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel—offers excellent opportunities for fly fishing. The prime fishing locations are found north of the Ebro River, specifically in the province of Huesca within the Pyrenees. South of the Ebro River, in the Iberian System, there are other rivers with promising fly fishing options, such as the Guadalaviar, Pitarque, and Jiloca.

Internationally recognized as the Autonomous Community with the finest rivers in Spain, Aragón boasts remarkable rivers in the Pyrenees, including the Aragón Subordán, Gállego, Ara, Cinca, and Ésera. These rivers are surrounded by beautiful Natural Parks like the Valles Occidentales, Posets Maladeta, and the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, considered the most spectacular National Park in Spain.

Aragón not only possesses some of Spain’s most beautiful rivers but also boasts the country’s most conservation-oriented fishing regulations. Most of its rivers follow the catch-and-release fishing method. It’s noteworthy that the fishing season in these rivers extends until October 31, making it the longest in the nation.

If you’re a fishing enthusiast visiting Aragón, one must-visit destination is Albarracín. This medieval town in Teruel has been proposed by UNESCO for World Heritage status and is regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. Albarracín is situated alongside the Guadalaviar River, providing another magnificent setting for fly fishing.

In summary, in Aragón, you not only have access to Spain’s most famous and stunning rivers but also the opportunity to enjoy beautiful National Parks, medieval towns, exquisite churches and monasteries, and excellent cuisine typical of inland Spain.

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WHAT SPECIES CAN BE FLY-FISHED IN ARAGÓN?

In Aragón, various salmonid species can be fly-fished, including the rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. Additionally, other species such as barbel, carp, and pike can be found.

Aragón has been a pioneer in creating a plan to recover wild rainbow trout populations. Two breeding and reproduction centers have been established to execute this plan, where specimens are bred based on genetic studies. In the reproduction center in the province of Huesca, known as Planduviar Fish Farm, five genetic lines have been differentiated: Aragón River basin, Gállego River basin, Ara – Cinca River basins, and Ésera River basin. Another equivalent center named «Los Pajares» is located in the province of Teruel.

The work done in these two centers is improving the genetic quality of trout populations in the rivers. Many of these rivers previously exhibited a high degree of genetic introgression due to past stockings with brown trout of Central European origin.

In summary, the most prominent species that can be fly-fished in Aragón are:

  • Rainbow Trout: A native variety of brown trout found in the Ebro River basin, inhabiting most of the region’s rivers except those that flow into the Duero River basin (Atlantic Ocean), located in the province of Teruel.
  • Brown Trout: In the past, the administration restocked some rivers in Aragón with German-origin brown trout. These populations naturalized and hybridized with local varieties.
  • Brook Trout: An exotic species introduced to restock some Pyrenean rivers. Currently, naturalized populations exist in certain mountain streams and lakes in the region.
  • Barbel: Also known as the «golden bonefish,» barbel is a relatively unknown species to many anglers. This golden-colored fish surprises anglers with its strength and beauty when caught on dry fly and «sight fishing.»
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FLY FISHING SEASON IN ARAGÓN

To engage in fly fishing in Aragón, it is crucial to consult the fishing regulations, as each species has specific months and days during which fishing is allowed and others when it is prohibited.

In general, we can outline the fishing season by species as follows:

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In the following table, you will find a visual summary of the best months for fly fishing for each of the species of interest in Aragon:

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TROUT FISHING SEASON IN ARAGON

The trout fishing season in Aragon varies depending on the zoning and type of river:

  • Free-flowing waters with catch-and-release (locations where you can catch 2 fish per day, and only a license is required): From the third Saturday of March until August 31st.
  • Free-flowing high mountain waters with catch-and-release (locations where you can catch 2 fish per day, and only a license is required): For high mountain waters, lakes, and ibones, the season runs from June 1st to August 31st.
  • Free-flowing catch-and-release waters (locations where fishing must be practiced under catch-and-release, and only a license is required): From the third Saturday of March until October 15th.
  • Free-flowing high mountain catch-and-release waters (locations where fishing must be practiced under catch-and-release, and only a license is required): From the third Saturday of March until October 15th.
  • Social fishing “cotos” (license and daily permit required, catch-and-release mandatory): Fishing under catch-and-release rules between the third Saturday of March and October 31st.
  • High mountain social fishing “cotos” (license and daily permit required, catch-and-release mandatory): Fishing under catch-and-release rules between the third Saturday of March and October 31st.
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Exceptions:

  • In sports preserves under catch-and-release regulations, the fishing season will be as established in their technical plan and annual utilization plans.
  • In declared high mountain waters and under catch-and-release regulations for the main channel of the Noguera Ribagorzana River, excluding its tributaries, the fishing season will be from the second Saturday in May to October 15th, both inclusive.
  • In sections of intensive catch-and-release fishing, such as the Pasonuevo, Linsoles, La Sarra, and Canfranc-Estación reservoirs, fishing is allowed throughout the year under mandatory catch-and-release rules.

FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN ARAGON

The fishing regulations in Aragon reflect a highly conservation-oriented approach. Annually, a «closed season order» or fishing season regulations are published, detailing:

  • Targeted fish species.
  • Fishing seasons.
  • Permitted lures and fishing methods.
  • Waters where fishing is allowed.
  • Classification of the waters.

In Aragon, INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES (https://www.aragon.es/-/pesca-folletos-informativos) are provided summarizing these regulations for each watershed in the region.

It is crucial to note that, to engage in fly fishing in Aragon, it is necessary to possess either the Aragon fishing license or the interregional fishing license. Finally, it’s important to highlight that there are two types of preserves: social and sports.

FLY FISHING LICENSE IN THE ARAGON REGION

To engage in fly fishing for trout or other fish species in Aragon, it is necessary to obtain the Aragon fishing license. You can acquire this license online through the following link: ARAGON FISHING LICENSE. The organization responsible for processing fishing licenses in Aragon is the Aragonese Institute for Environmental Management (INAGA).

The license costs €11.51, is valid for one year, and is free for individuals aged 65 and older, as well as those under 14 years old.

If you plan to fish in various regions of Spain, including Aragon, obtaining the interregional fishing license might be a convenient option. With this license, you can fish in Aragon, Castilla y León, Comunidad de Madrid, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia, Principado de Asturias, and Murcia. You can process this license through the following link: INTERREGIONAL FISHING LICENSE (https://www.aragon.es/-/licencias-interautonomicas).

FISHING PERMITS OR PRESERVES FOR FLY FISHING IN ARAGON

In Aragon, there are three types of waters for fishing:

  • Free-flowing waters (only the fishing license is required).
  • Social “cotos” (require an administrative permit).
  • Sports “cotos” (permits are issued through the Aragonese Fishing and Casting Federation).

Currently, social preserves managed by the entity cannot be directly processed by foreign anglers. This is because the application process requires the possession of a permanent key or electronic certificate, two mechanisms available only to individuals with Spanish nationality. Additionally, having a bank account with one of the banks collaborating with the Government of Aragon is necessary. These banks include Ibercaja, Bantierra, Caja Rural de Teruel, CaixaBank, BBVA, and Banco Santander.

On the other hand, sports “cotos” managed by the Aragonese Fishing and Casting Federation can be acquired online through the following link: COTOS DEPORTIVOS DE PESCA (https://fapyc.es/permisos-online).