Best described as upside down bonefishing, you see cruising barbel as they come into the shallows to hunt, fins above the water like small scale golden sharks.
The shallow water gives them nowhere to go but out into the deeper water, and they keep going until your line is heading for the backing or you are (wo)man enough to fight back. Welcome to barbel on the dry fly…Spanish style.
It is possible to fish for barbel on the dry fly for 10 months of the year, although the best seasons are between April and early July, and September until November. The barbel fishing peaks in October with bags recorded at a tremendous 40 barbel a piece.
Barbel are by nature river-dwelling, bottom-feeding fish. When reservoirs were created by damming rivers, the barbel were trapped and have adapted to their new habitat, cruising the shoreline and margins for hapless insects. Instead of imitation flies, dry fly for barbel involves faux beetles and ants.
Fishing the reservoirs requires fitness, stamina and the desire to fish and walk for eight hours to get the best fishing. The pay off is that the clear, shallow water turns these bottom-feeding monsters of the deep into upside-down bonefish with all the muscle and fight of a flats fish.Book Now
Prime season: April to June and September to November.
KIT & CLOTHING
There is no specific clothing required, but neutral and natural colours are most suited.
Wading is not normally essential, and on the few occasions it is required or desired, the weather will be warm enough to wet wade rendering waders superfluous. ,
Polarised sunglasses and a hat will not only provide protection but make spotting of fish easier.
9 – 10 ft 5 – 7wt
All fishing can be accomplished using a floating line, we ask that you ensure you have a minimum of 50yds backing well attached.
The leader and tippet recommended are in the region of 10lb breaking strain and should about 10-12ft.
Ants and beetles in hooks between #10 and #14, your guide will have a supply of local favourites with him at all times.
For 1 or more anglers
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VISAS & LICENCES
Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
Spanish fishing licences will be arranged by Outside Days
It is standard practice to tip the fishing guide at the end of the day/trip.
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