FLY FISHING IN CASTILLA LA MANCHA

Ultimate guide on fly fishing in Castilla La Mancha: species, season, license, regulations, and much more.

Castilla-La Mancha offers several opportunities to fish for wild brown trout, primarily in the provinces of Cuenca and Guadalajara. Some of the most prominent rivers include the Tajo, Cabriel, and Gallo. It's also worth noting the intensive fishing preserves in Albacete and Cuenca.

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WHY CHOOSE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA FOR FLY FISHING?

Castilla-La Mancha is a region located in the center of Spain, renowned as the primary setting for «Don Quixote,» the famous 17th-century novel written by Miguel de Cervantes. This region is characterized by mountain ranges and plains adorned with vineyards, castles, and windmills. Amidst these beautiful landscapes, fly fishing enthusiasts can indulge in their passion, particularly in the rivers of the Central System in the province of Guadalajara and the Serranía de Cuenca. Additionally, trout fishing opportunities abound in rivers located in the province of Albacete.

Rivers hosting populations of wild trout are often technically challenging, featuring abundant vegetation along the banks that demand precise casting. However, some of these rivers are facing challenges due to changes in water temperature and insufficient precipitation, phenomena stemming from climate change.

Among the most notable fishing preserves in this Autonomous Community are Peralejos, Cristinas, Arajosa, and Montes Claros. Additionally, attention is drawn to intensive preserves restocked with rainbow trout, such as Guadalajara del Puente Romano and Chantre.

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WHAT SPECIES CAN BE CAUGHT WITH FLY FISHING IN CASTILLA-LA MANCHA?

The rivers of Castilla-La Mancha are distributed across seven hydrographic demarcations: Tajo, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, and Duero, which flow into the Atlantic Ocean; and Júcar, Segura, and Ebro, which flow towards the Mediterranean Sea. This network of rivers that empty into different seas, combined with a mix of plains and plateau rivers, facilitates the presence of a wide variety of species.

The most prominent species for fly fishing in the region include brown trout, rainbow trout, barbel, pike, and black bass.

FLY FISHING SEASON IN CASTILLA-LA MANCHA

The open seasons for common trout fishing, except for provincial exceptions, are as follows:

  • Low mountain waters: Opening on April 1; closing on September 30.
  • High mountain waters: Opening on May 1; closing on October 15.

All days within the mentioned periods are considered suitable for fishing in waters designated as trout areas, except for fishing preserves (cotos), which are governed by their specific regulations. Outside these open seasons, fishing for all species is prohibited, except for special situations allowed for the fishing of cyprinids such as carp or barbel in specific sections regulated by the Fishing Closure Order. These sections will be properly marked as «special cyprinid regime.»

It is worth noting that intensive fishing preserves can be fished throughout the entire season.

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FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN CASTILLA-LA MANCHA

The fishing regulations in Castilla-La Mancha are annually governed through Fishing Orders issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Development. These orders aim to disseminate essential provisions in an accessible manner for sports fishing enthusiasts who wish to engage in the activity in the rivers and reservoirs of the autonomous community. Since 2019, the region has also implemented a Common Trout Management Plan, a crucial instrument to ensure the conservation of this species, ensuring an organized and sustainable utilization of aquatic resources.

For detailed and up-to-date information, it is recommended to check the Castilla-La Mancha fishing website of the Ministry of Sustainable Development.

FLY FISHING LICENSE IN THE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA REGION

To engage in fly fishing in Castilla-La Mancha, it is necessary to possess a fishing license, which is valid for a duration ranging from 1 to 5 years. If you are interested in obtaining the license, you can do so electronically through the following link: CASTILLA LA MANCHA FISHING LICENSE (https://diana.castillalamancha.es). It is important to note that payment can be made by credit card, and the license is free for residents in the region.

Additionally, there is the option to obtain the fishing license in person at the Natural Environment and Biodiversity Services of the Provincial Delegation of Sustainable Development in each province of Castilla-La Mancha.

The costs of fishing licenses in the region are as follows:

  • 1-Year Fishing License: €8.88
  • 5-Year Duration License: €44.40

FLY FISHING GUIDES IN THE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA REGION

If you are interested in fly fishing in Castilla-La Mancha, we recommend considering the option of hiring a fly fishing guide. Given that the region has numerous rivers, and only some of them have notable trout populations, guides are experts who know at any given moment the best places for fly fishing in the area. Hiring a guide will not only provide you with valuable local knowledge but also increase your chances of having a successful and rewarding fishing experience.