Friday, 30 July 2010

Brook Trout at Altitude in the Pyrenees

If there`s one thing that will motivate me to climb a mountain, it´s the promise of capturing wild trout in pristine surroundings. Thus I found my tar corrupted lungs soundly punished over the course of a three day hike in the French Pyrenees last week, all in the name of capturing wild brook trout on a plateau some 2,500 meters above sea level. The scenery was magnificent, and although the trout were tiny, it was amazing to be casting flies in such a majestic setting. Part two of this post deals with the fishing lower down, for the unique `zebre´strain of brown trout that are unique to the Spanish and French Pyrennes. Although the brook trout is not native to this part of the world, they were planted some time back and now have thriving populations in the high mountain streams. This kind of small stream fishing is great fun, giving the angler the satisfaction of knowing that they are unlikely to meet another angler - or human - in the course of a day`s fishing.

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