When you travel half way around the world from Australia to explore new fly fishing locations you always wonder what terrain, water, guide and accommodation you will encounter. This is always part of the adventure but can cause some degree of apprehension.
My wife and I were on an extended trip to Europe from July until October 2012 and, as done on previous trips, I always arrange for some fly fishing during our travels. Packing my fly fishing gear has become obligatory.
The Salvelinus Lodge in the village of Santa Cilia de Jaca in the Aragon region of the Spanish Pyrenees was well appointed, the staff, guides, service and food were excellent.
We visited in August 2012 and Ivan Tarin and his partner Mapi, who run Salvelinus, and speak very good English, made us feel at home immediately. English language is important to us as we do not have multiple language skills.
My wife is a non-fisher person, so activities that she can enjoy need to be part of the arrangement while I am away in my fly fishing world with the guide. This was admirably taken care of by Mapi. She took my wife on daily excursions to all the interesting cultural and historic locations in the surrounding regions.
Stream fishing for trout is my preferred environment and the Pyrenees did not disappoint. Clear, tumbling mountain streams cascading down from the majestic heights of this impressive mountain range produced some wonderful wild brown trout. The fishing is challenging and Ivan and Inaki, who guided me over the three days of my fishing, were very professional and skilful in guiding, teaching and sharing their knowledge. Securing a trophy brown trout at Aragon was the highlight.
Good guiding in my view is more than locating fish for you. Head Guide Ivan has a deep passion for the environment and the fish and is a delight to be with. His skill in instructing and demonstrating the fishing style and techniques is second to none, and his open, fun personality is uplifting.
]I have fished extensively overseas in the UK and Wales, Italy, Slovenia, The Kiribati Islands and New Zealand as well as home waters in various states of Australia and I judge Ivan and his Salvelinus operation as world class and highly recommend the Salvelinus experience.
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