FLY FISHING IN LA RIOJA

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

La Rioja, globally renowned for its wines, provides diverse opportunities for trout fishing year-round in rivers such as the Iregua and the Najerilla. In this region nestled beneath the Cantabrian Mountains, you'll have the chance to indulge in fishing along with savoring its acclaimed wines and the famous pintxos of Logroño.

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WHY CHOOSE LA RIOJA FOR FLY FISHING?

La Rioja is the perfect destination for anglers looking to combine wine cellar visits with the experience of fly fishing in some of its trout-rich rivers. In this Autonomous Community, the rivers that host brown trout include Oja, Tirón, Najerilla, and Iregua throughout their courses and tributaries. Additionally, the entire length of the Leza River, including its tributaries from its source to the Jubera River’s mouth. Likewise, the complete length of the Cidacos River, along with its tributaries from the provincial boundary with Soria to the Francos Bridge in Arnedo.

There are also Intensive Fishing Reserves (Anguciana, La Grajera, El Villar, and Arnedo). Furthermore, enthusiasts can explore the Mansilla, Piarrejas, Pajares, Leiva, and González Lacasa reservoirs, as well as the Terroba and Enciso reservoirs. La Rioja offers a unique blend of fly fishing in picturesque rivers alongside the opportunity to savor the tranquil beauty of its landscapes and indulge in the rich cultural offerings of its wine-producing region.

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WHAT SPECIES CAN BE FISHED WITH FLY FISHING IN LA RIOJA?

La Rioja is situated in two main river basins in Spain: the Ebro River basin and the Duero River basin. The majority of the Rioja territory belongs to the Ebro River basin, which is one of the most significant hydrographic basins on the Iberian Peninsula.

  • In the Ebro River basin, you will find the Mediterranean striped brown trout, also known as the zebra trout, and the Graells’ barbel.
  • In the Duero River basin, there are Atlantic lineage brown trout from the Duero and the common barbel.

In some sections of intensive fishing and private lakes, you may come across non-native trout, specifically rainbow trout, which are often used for restocking waters.

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FLY FISHING SEASON IN LA RIOJA

The fly fishing season in La Rioja, or the general open season, begins on April 2 and ends on August 31, both inclusive. Specific dates for each river stretch can be checked for special limitations by basins.

From August 15 to August 31, 2023, only catch-and-release fishing is authorized.

It’s important to note that fishing is not allowed every day in La Rioja. The general fishing days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and national or regional holidays. Catch-and-release fishing is only allowed on non-holiday Mondays and Thursdays.

Additionally, there are specific time frames for trout fishing as follows:

  • January to March: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • April to May: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • June and July: 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM
  • August: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • September: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • October to December: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN LA RIOJA

The fly fishing regulations in La Rioja are outlined in the annual Order issued by the Ministry of Sustainability, Ecological Transition, and Spokesperson of the Government. This order establishes the fishing seasons, allowed baits, water classification, and related rules in the waters of the Autonomous Community of La Rioja.

For more information, you can refer to the following link: LA RIOJA FISHING REGULATIONS

(https://www.larioja.org/medio-ambiente/es/caza-pesca/pesca-rioja)

FLY FISHING LICENSE IN THE REGION OF LA RIOJA

To obtain a fly fishing license in La Rioja, certain requirements established by law must be met. These include passing an aptitude test conducted by the competent Ministry or completing a 6-hour course endorsed by the Directorate General of Biodiversity. Those under 12 years old are exempt, as are individuals with licenses from other autonomous communities that meet specific criteria. The issuance of the fisherman’s qualification certificate involves the payment of a fee of 7.80 euros. Once the test or course is successfully completed, the fishing license is issued, with fees varying based on the duration (1 year or 5 years).

The required documentation includes ID, NIE, or passport, the payment receipt of the fee or course certificate, and other necessary forms. Processing can be done electronically or in person, and applications can be submitted throughout the year. For more information, click on the following link: LA RIOJA FISHING LICENSE (https://web.larioja.org/oficina-electronica/tramite?n=15049)

FLY FISHING GUIDES IN THE REGION OF LA RIOJA

If you are interested in fly fishing in La Rioja, we recommend hiring a fly fishing guide for the following reasons:

  • Local Knowledge: Fly fishing guides in La Rioja possess in-depth knowledge of the region, including the best fishing spots and the most effective fly patterns to use. Additionally, they will provide a personalized experience based on your expectations and fishing level.
  • Equipment Rental: You won’t need to travel with your fishing gear; guides can provide the necessary equipment.
  • Safety: Guides are familiar with potential river hazards, ensuring a safer fishing experience.
  • Legal Aspects: Guides are knowledgeable about local fishing regulations and norms.
  • Cultural Insights: Guides will introduce you to the culture, history, and gastronomy of the region, turning the guided fishing expedition into a beautiful and comprehensive experience.