FLY FISHING IN PAMPLONA

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

Pamplona, the capital of Navarra, offers a unique experience for fly fishing enthusiasts, especially those wishing to explore the city through the perspective of the renowned angler, Ernest Hemingway. From Pamplona, you can follow in the footsteps of this Nobel laureate and fish in trout-filled rivers like the Irati.

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WHY CHOOSE PAMPLONA FOR FLY FISHING?

Ernest Hemingway catapulted Pamplona and the San Fermín festival to global recognition. What many tourists might not know is that Hemingway chose the Navarre Pyrenees for fly fishing wild trout. There, he relished the fishing experience in locations such as the Roncal Preserve and the Irati River.

If you wish to embark on the Hemingway route through Navarre from Pamplona, you should visit places like Café Iruña, Hotel La Perla, the village of Burguete, and Aribe in the Aezkoa Valley. Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to dedicate a day to enjoy a guided fishing expedition, starting from Pamplona.

WHAT SPECIES CAN BE FLY FISHED NEAR PAMPLONA?

The main species of interest for fly fishing near Pamplona include brown trout, salmon, and barbel:

  • Brown Trout: With Atlantic and Mediterranean lineages, rivers like the Bidasoa and the Ebro basin are home to fascinating brown trout.
  • Barbel: Navarra hosts two species, the «common barbel» and the «mountain barbel,» each with distinctive characteristics and specific distributions in Navarre’s rivers.
  • Atlantic Salmon: While the salmon population in the Bidasoa River faces challenges, recreational fishing is permitted, and management measures are in place for its conservation.

FLY FISHING SEASON IN PAMPLONA

The fishing season in Navarra varies depending on the species. For instance, trout fishing is permitted from April 1st to August 31st, while the salmon season extends from March 30th until the catch limit is reached or until July 20th.

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FLY FISHING REGULATIONS IN PAMPLONA

In order to maintain a balance in the practice of fishing, it is crucial to be familiar with the regulations that govern this activity. The annual regulations for fly fishing in Pamplona are published through a Foral Order of Navarra, and while facing criticisms, adherence to these rules is essential to preserve fish populations.

LICENSES AND PERMITS FOR FLY FISHING IN PAMPLONA

To engage in fly fishing near Pamplona, a fishing license from the Foral Community of Navarra is required. The fishing license is valid for one year and costs €12. It can be obtained in person at the Hunting and Fishing License Counter or online through the provided application.