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Fly Fishing Spain. Specifically Fly Fishing in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway. Suggested Regions to Fish. 1. Catalonia – Brown and Brook trout. High mountain fishing/Guide required 4x4 vehicle 2. Aragon – Brown trout only Mountain Streams/Guide required

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Fly Fishing Spain

  • Specifically Fly Fishing in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway.


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Suggested Regions to Fish

  • 1. Catalonia–

    • Brown and Brook trout.

    • High mountain fishing/Guide required 4x4 vehicle

  • 2. Aragon –

    • Brown trout only

    • Mountain Streams/Guide required

    • World cup of Fly fishing 2003/France won

  • 3. Navarra –

    • Brown trout

    • In the footsteps of Hemingway

  • 4. La Rioja –

    • Brown trout

    • Wine country

  • 5. Cantabria

  • 6. Asturias –

    • Atlantic Salmon, Sea-going trout, Brown Trout

    • Streams from Picos de Europa


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License & Cotos

  • Libre: Free waters that don't require a special permit.  

  • Cotos: Restricted waters that do require a permit (usually awarded through a lottery system).  Really geared toward the locals and long term resident types. 

  • Intensivos Fisheries: A permit for intensivos can by purchased in a local pub or a shop near the water (river or lake).


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The region Navarra

  • Rio Irati – Made famous by Don Ernesto Hemingway. The Irati tumbles out of the steep Pyrenees through the majestic beech and fir trees Twisting its way past Basque villages


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Like everywhere, the river is divided in stretches of restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

There is one famous "coto" on the Irati. Getting a ticket without local acquaintances would be hopeless, however GourmetFly can usually cope with this issue and get you access.

The Irati offers a lot of free access stretches and we provide all informations to find the best spots as well as for the


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Fishing License and Permits on the Irati restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • The Spanish fishers license & the daily permits are obtained after an exchange of letters and phone calls Please allow at least a week to do everything-

  • Good Idea to employ the help of GourmetFly to avoid confusion and frustration.

  • Trout season from March 15th to July 31st


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Where to Stay restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • GourmetFly suggests a hotel in an old traditional village house, clean, neat and good looking.

    • There are only 7 rooms ! The hotel sits in a well preserved traditionnal hamlet.

    • Average price double room 70 euros including 2 breakfasts - menus at 15 euros


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Deluxe Alternative restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • Deluxe alternative Parador Average price double room around 120 euros


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Alternative Streams in Navarra restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • other streams to explore include the Urrobi under Burguete, the Salazar around Oronz or the Esca under Isaba


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Diverse waters of the Iraty restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • From fast moving riffles to deep slow moving pools the Iraty offers a wide array of fishing opportunities.


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Typical Brown Trout on the Iraty restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.


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Sites to See while on stream and off. restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • Little cafe used by fishers for a good snack

  • La Posada de Roncesvalles


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Sites continued restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • Touring highlights include the Monastery of Roncesvalles


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Village of Ochagavia restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.


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Gear restricted access ("cotos"), free access stretches, (free for anglers bearing a license), and stretches where no fishing is allowed.

  • Bring a 4 – 6 weight travel rod

  • Waders

  • Felt Bottom Boots

  • Although flies can be purchased it is a good idea to bring your own.

  • Don’t forget a camera


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