FLY FISHING IN CATALONIA

The ultimate guide to fly fishing in Catalonia: species, seasons, licenses, regulations, and much more.

Catalonia is one of the best regions in Spain for fly fishing. The rivers of the Catalan Pyrenees and pre-Pyrenees have excellent populations of brown and rainbow trout. Catalonia’s best rivers to fish are the Segre, Noguera Ribagorzana, Ter and Noguera Pallaresa.

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WHY CHOOSE CATALONIA FOR FLY FISHING?

After Aragon, Catalonia is considered the second best Autonomous Community for fly fishing in Spain. The reasons include:

  • Part of its territory encompasses the Pyrenees, where excellent rivers for trout fishing are found.
  • The public administration of Catalonia has established a network of intensive fishing stretches where fishing is allowed throughout the year. These areas are periodically restocked and have excellent trout populations.
  • Catalonia’s fishing regulations are not as conservation-oriented as those of Aragon, but the majority still promote catch-and-release fishing.
  • Catalonia’s diverse topography offers a multitude of varied scenarios, including mountain rivers and lakes in the Pyrenees, rivers in the foothills beneath reservoirs, and saltwater fishing areas like the Ebro Delta.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that in addition to the mentioned factors, fly fishing in Catalonia can be combined with a visit to Barcelona, with its impressive architecture ranging from the Sagrada Familia to Gaudí’s masterpieces in Park Güell. Other attractions include the Costa Brava, the wine region of Penedés, or National Parks like Aiguastortes and Sant Maurici.

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WHAT SPECIES CAN BE FISHED WITH FLY FISHING IN CATALONIA?

Catalonia boasts more than 32 non-native species of freshwater fish and 25 exotic species. Additionally, there are over 700 saltwater species inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea. Among all these species, the following are notable for fly fishing:

  • Freshwater Species: zander, brown trout, brook trout, barbel, carp, and pike.
  • Saltwater Species: sea bass, mahi-mahi, and little tunny.

Of all these species, fly fishing for trout is the most popular and offers the best opportunities in the region.

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FLY FISHING SEASON IN CATALONIA

To engage in fly fishing in Catalonia, it is crucial to carefully review the fishing seasons outlined in the Catalan fishing regulations.

It’s important to note that the fly fishing season in Catalonia varies primarily depending on the type of water you intend to fish. In this section, we broadly differentiate between inland waters and maritime waters. Within inland waters, we further distinguish between those inhabited by trout and those inhabited by cyprinids.

We have created the following table, providing a schematic overview of the fishing season in Catalonia based on the species:

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TROUT FISHING SEASON IN CATALONIA

Fly fishing for trout is the most popular activity in the region, and there are specific details to consider. We will focus on the fishing season for this species. Within the trout fishing season in Catalonia, three different classifications are distinguished:

Salmonid waters (common trout) in low mountain areas:

  • With catch-and-release: March 18th to August 27th
  • Catch-and-release: March 18th to October 15th

Salmonid waters (common trout) in high mountain areas:

  • With catch-and-release: May 13th to August 27th
  • Catch-and-release: May 13th to October 15th

Intensive zones (stocked common trout):

  • Included in low mountain waters with catch-and-release: March 18th to August 27th
  • Included in low mountain waters with catch-and-release: All year round
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FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN CATALONIA

In Catalonia, tourists wishing to enjoy fishing must consider the local regulations to ensure a legal and environmentally respectful experience. The regulations cover aspects such as permitted species, fishing seasons, authorized lures and techniques, as well as designated fishing zones.

The fishing regulations in Catalonia are annual and are published through regional bulletins known as «fishing closure orders» («órdenes de vedas de pesca»). You can access this regulation through the following link: Catalonia Fishing Regulations.

Finally, it’s essential to note that obtaining the corresponding fishing license is crucial for fishing in Catalonia.

FISHING LICENSE FOR FLY FISHING IN THE CATALONIA REGION

If you’re planning to fly fish in Catalonia, it’s essential to understand the process of obtaining a fishing license, as it is the fundamental document that allows you to fish in the Autonomous Community. This document is valid for one year, and its processing is mandatory.

In Catalonia, fishing licenses are divided between saltwater and freshwater. The license to fish in the sea covers the entire Spanish territory, while the continental fishing license allows you to fish in Catalonia’s inland waters (rivers and lakes).

If your goal is to catch trout, you’ll need to obtain the continental fishing license. To obtain this license, you can complete the process through the official website of the Government of Catalonia, using the following link: Catalonia Fishing License Link. This license allows fishing in free fishing stretches, but if you plan to fish in fishing “cotos”, you’ll need to acquire a daily fishing permit—a fee that grants you access to some of the best trout rivers in the region.

To process “cotos”/permits or daily fishing passes, you can complete the procedure through the following link: CATALONIA FISHING “COTOS”.

FLY FISHING GUIDES IN THE CATALONIA REGION

To work as a fly fishing guide in Catalonia, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess the certificate from ROPEC. ROPEC is the Official Register of Sports Professionals in Catalonia.
  • Hold a first aid course certification.
  • Be employed by a company or own a company that has all legal and tax requirements in order.
  • The company must have liability and accident insurance.

All these requirements ensure that the traveler will have an experience guided by a professional and certified guide. Therefore, before hiring a fly fishing guide in Catalonia, it’s crucial to request the registration or identification of the company.