Top Ten France Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Fish for Trout in the Pyrenies
By Patricia Ochs
  |  Gorp.com

The unspoiled and sparsely populated Pyrenees mountains remain one of the last great wilderness areas of France. And the Ariege (one of the Pyrenees zones due south of Toulouse) is such a paradise for fishers that you'll almost miss the variety of butterflies, orchids, and raptors that live here. Trout streams rush down forested mountainsides, and fishable waters are plentiful. Some lakes and rivers are stocked, but in the rivers at higher elevations there are wild brown trout. Pick up a week's fishing permit and go to it—your only competition will be the locals, since the area's still a secret to travelers. Catch and release is not practiced here in this food-oriented culture, where eating caught fish is far preferable, but watch for the well-posted "No Kill" areas.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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