FLY FISHING IN LEON

All you need to know about fly fishing in León: species, season, permits, regulations, and much more

León is a province in Spain renowned for the feathers of its roosters used in fly tying. In León, you can fish for 100% native brown trout. The best rivers in León are located in the Bierzo region.

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WHY CHOOSE LEóN FOR FLY FISHING?

León is the province with the longest history associated with fly fishing in Spain. Traditionally, this province has been fished using a fishing modality that is known worldwide as fishing the  Leones way.

The «Leones way» is a fishing technique with rods but using «drowned flies» tied with a Leon rooster feather. The Leonese roosters are raised in the valley of the Curueño River, and their feathers are sold in fishing shops worldwide.

The first fishing references to the «Leones way» date from 1964 in the Astorga Manuscript.

The main rivers of the province of León run from north to south and originate in the Cantabrian Mountains. There are wild rivers and others regulated by reservoirs. Regulated rivers allow us to offer good fishing guarantees even in the most adverse conditions.

The most famous rivers for fly fishing in León are the Sil, the Órbigo, Porma, Esla, Carrión, Torio… from our operations center located in Villafranca del Bierzo, you can fish for up to 9 different rivers within a maximum radius of one hour, from small mountain rivers perfect for fishing small trout with a dry fly to large plain rivers where trophy trout can be fished with a dry fly and nymphs.

The first month of the season (beginning of March and month of April) is a perfect time to fish for sizeable dry fly trout in the central hours of the day. June and July are excellent times to fish for the unregulated rivers and mountain streams. September and October are exceptional for fishing the regulated rivers once the water release season to irrigate corn crops has ended.

In León you can fish in unique places: next to medieval villages, under bridges on which pilgrims walk who make the Camino de Santiago (Christian pilgrimage route of medieval origin that go to the tomb of Santiago el Mayor, located in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela) or in rivers lost in the heart of the Natural Parks such as Babia and Luna.

WHAT SPECIES CAN BE FLY-FISHED NEAR LEÓN?

León has earned the title of the trout fly-fishing capital of Spain, largely due to hosting the International Trout Week of León. This annual event brings together local and visiting anglers for thrilling trout fishing competitions and other fishing-related activities.

It’s noteworthy that the province of León boasts over 3,000 kilometers of trout-filled rivers, transforming it into a natural paradise for fishing enthusiasts. While the reigning species that can be caught from the capital city of León is the brown trout, there are also opportunities to fish for other species, including:

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FLY FISHING SEASON IN LEÓN

The fishing season in the province of León kicks off in the last week of March and concludes on August 31st in the trout-rich waters of the Bernesga, Cabrera, Casares, Curueño, Santa Eulalia, and Tuerto rivers. The season extends until October 15th in the Cabrera, Cea, Esla, Órbigo, and Sil rivers.

In summary, the fly fishing season in León unfolds as follows:

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BEST MONTHS FOR FLY FISHING IN LEÓN ACCORDING TO SPECIES

The prime months for fly fishing each species near the city of León are as follows:

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FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN LEÓN

León is a province in the region of Castilla y León. Therefore, if you are interested in fly fishing from the city of León, it is essential to be familiar with the fishing regulations of this Autonomous Community.

In Castilla y León, fishing is governed by Law 9/2013 and the annual regulations published through the Fishing Order. These regulations encompass details such as permitted species, fishing seasons, authorized lures, and designated zones.