FLY FISHING IN GIRONA

Everything you need to know about fly fishing in Girona: species, season, license, regulations, and much more.

Girona is a medieval city in the northeast of Catalonia distinguished by its charming cobbled streets and ancient walls. Additionally, it is situated very close to the Costa Brava. In the vicinity of this location, there are exceptional rivers for fly fishing for trout, such as the Ter River.

Our fly fishing trips from Girona or the Costa Brava:

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WHY CHOOSE GIRONA OR THE COSTA BRAVA FOR FLY FISHING?

Girona, situated near the Costa Brava, is surrounded by the foothills of the Eastern Pyrenees, making it an excellent choice for fly fishing enthusiasts. One of the most prominent river basins in this region is that of the Ter River. Originating in a glacial cirque in the Pyrenean region of Ripollès near the town of Setcasas, the Ter River flows until it meets the Ebro River.

The Ter River provides enticing fly fishing opportunities for trout even downstream from the city of Girona. With numerous fishing preserves and free-flowing stretches, it boasts excellent trout populations from its source. One of the most renowned preserves is the intensive one at Anglés – El Pasteral, allowing year-round fishing. This preserve hosts a notable population of brown and rainbow trout, annually restocked with fingerlings to bolster the trout population.

In addition to the Segre River in Puigcerdá and the Nuria River in Vall de Nuria, a tributary of the Freser, other rivers near the coast, like the Muga River with its Boadella No Kill preserve, offer compelling fly fishing opportunities.

Noteworthy rivers in this area also include those within the Montseny Natural Park, close to the town of Viladrau.

FISH SPECIES YOU CAN CATCH FLY FISHING FROM GIRONA OR THE COSTA BRAVA

The inland waters near Girona and the Costa Brava boast a remarkable diversity of habitats, including freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as transitional waters such as river estuaries, wetlands, and coastal lagoons, displaying varying levels of salinity due to their proximity to the sea. The organization of fish into upper, middle, and lower stretches is determined by factors such as temperature, oxygen levels, slope, and flow.

It’s worth noting that Catalonia is home to 32 native fish species that inhabit freshwater, at least during part of their life cycle. Among the fish of interest for fly fishing in the vicinity of Girona and the Costa Brava, the following stand out:

  • Brown Trout: Brown trout, a fish with high demands for water quality (temperature, oxygen, among others), is found in the headwaters of major rivers and tributaries in Girona. In rivers like the Ter, brown trout can even be found downstream from the city. This is attributed to the presence of reservoirs that improve water quality, turning the downstream areas into ideal habitats for brown trout.
  • Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout, an exotic species, was introduced into some rivers and lakes in Girona in the past, especially in the La Muga River in the Boadella No Kill preserve and the Anglés – El Pasteral preserve on the Ter River. Currently, this species can only be found in the Ter River, where it has developed a small naturalized population of rainbow trout.
  • Graells’ Barbel: In the Iberian Peninsula, several native species of barbel exist, with Graells’ Barbel being an endemic species in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. It is found in the Ebro and Ter basins on the Mediterranean side, as well as in the Asón basin on the Atlantic side. Fly fishing for this fish can be highly entertaining and can be practiced in locations such as the city of Girona.
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REGULATIONS FOR FLY FISHING IN GERONA AND COSTA BRAVA

To enjoy fly fishing in Girona, it is necessary to have the Catalonia fishing license. You can obtain it online by providing your personal information, passport number, and a VISA card through the following link: GIRONA FISHING LICENSE (https://web.gencat.cat/es/tramits/tramits-temes/3587_Llicencia-de-pesca-recreativa-de-superficie)

In addition to the fishing license, depending on the areas where you plan to fish, it will be necessary to obtain a daily pass or fishing preserve permit. You can manage this permit through the following link: GIRONA FISHING PERMITS (https://web.gencat.cat/es/tramits/tramits-temes/8363_Permis-de-pesca-en-zona-controlada-i-competicions-esportives)

Lastly, you should review the fishing regulations of this Autonomous Community. The fishing regulations are published annually and provide information on fishing hours, open seasons, water classifications, fishing days, size limits, and more. The fishing regulations are available at the following link: GIRONA FISHING REGULATIONS (https://agricultura.gencat.cat/ca/departament/normativa/normativa-sectorial/pesca-recreativa/)

FLY FISHING GUIDES IN GIRONA AND THE COSTA BRAVA

If you’re looking to fish near Girona or in the rivers close to the Costa Brava, we always recommend hiring a fly fishing guide.

A fly fishing guide not only provides the necessary local experience and knowledge to enjoy fishing in the best spots but also suggests techniques and provides the best flies. With their assistance, you can uncover the secrets of the rivers near Girona and have a unique and enriching experience. All of this without worrying about logistical details such as license processing, fishing permits, regulations, equipment, and more.