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Dave Felce

South of France info?
« on: June 26, 2017, 09:00:03 AM »
Has anyone done any fishing recently in the south of france, specifically around the Camargue (Montpellier Ė Arles)?

There was an article by Mark Bowler in FF&FT a few years back (Iíve sent Mark an e-mail) and Iíve got a marvelous Readerís Digest book on fishing in france, but that dates from the 1990s!

Iím looking into the possibility of carp on the fly and was wondering about access, permits etc. any info would be much appreciated!

Cheers in advance,

Dave
If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're probably doing something wrong - John Gierach

Rob Brownfield

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 15:04:10 PM »
Are you sure the article was not from Magnus (on this site). He fished there for the carp and wrote about it in FF&FT.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Dave Felce

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 18:28:31 PM »
http://flyfishing-and-flytying.co.uk/articles/view/wading_with_carp/

but i'll do a search for Magnus' article too. cheers.  :z12

as i said, some recent info would be useful if folks have any?
If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're probably doing something wrong - John Gierach

Rob Brownfield

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 08:35:38 AM »
http://flyfishing-and-flytying.co.uk/articles/view/wading_with_carp/

but i'll do a search for Magnus' article too. cheers.  :z12

as i said, some recent info would be useful if folks have any?

Ah..its the same trip, Magnus is mentioned in the article.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Marc Fauvet

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 09:10:59 AM »
Dave,
i live in the south of France but near Toulouse. i'm not really familiar with the Camargue region fishing-wise as i go to norther Spain for carp but i can help you with online permits if you tell me which departement (french 'state') you wish to visit.
some are translated to english, some not.
cheers,
marc

Dave Felce

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2017, 12:16:18 PM »
that's great Marc, thank you very much!

i can "get by" in French although i'm not as fluent as i used to be when i was pretty much out in the alps for 4 months every year. so any help is very much appreciated!  :cool:

i'm also very interested in hearing your experiences in Norther Spain...  :wink

i received this link from the Arles Tourist Office, which looks very useful, but i've not had time to look through it yet
http://www.peche13.fr/?lang=en
If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're probably doing something wrong - John Gierach

Marc Fauvet

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2017, 13:42:59 PM »
ok, let me know  :z16

as for Spain, i just drive around looking for 'embalses' (reservoirs). if there are reedy patches along the banks there's more than a good chance of finding pods of carp. sometimes there's hundreds of them! sometimes not!  :z4
small +/- size 14/16 unweighted damsel nymphs or similar cast and sloooooowly retrieved in front of their face usually does the trick.

Dave Felce

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 14:34:13 PM »
yes, that works for me too Marc. which area do you got to in N Spain?  i'm only familiar with the Picos de Europa, but haven't fished it as getting permits seems  a bit difficult. normally i travel to Extremadura for carp, which is much easier access
If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're probably doing something wrong - John Gierach

Marc Fauvet

Re: South of France info?
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 10:01:25 AM »
Huesca and Navarra foothills and yes, permits are always an enormous PIA in Spain... always making it a "hmmm, not sure i can be arsed situation".  thankfully i have friends who have more patience than i so they get to deal with it  :z4

thus said, it's not like i go there often, last time was more than a year ago.

 




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