With a large network of rivers, Conflent is a corner of paradise for those who are passionate about fishing or nature. Amidst the sumptuous landscape and benefitting from a clement climate, there is water everywhere, abundant with fish. Here, wild trout reigns.
Practical information and the environment
The crystal clear water, silvery water falls, rivers and mountain lakes offer everyone, beginner or expert, a variety of fishing experiences: fly-fishing, line fishing, bait fishing, angling, fishing with worms...
The lake at Prades, and the Vinça dam, lend themselves to beginners or family fishing while the more serious fisherman may prefer to fish in the river. There are some catch and release areas, and other areas of the region which combine sport, nature and leisure.
Christophe Idre, a champion
Prades has its own fishing champion, Christophe Idre, who learnt to fish on the Têt and has taken part in competitions since he was 17 years old. Member of a group of sporting fishermen from Conflent, he joined the French team in 1998. Champion of France in 2003, he has been France’s premier fly-fisher by PSM classification (a professional association for fishermen in France) for several years. His 12 selections into the French team for the European and World Championships have allowed him to win gold four times and to travel all over Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Christophe now passes on his passion and know-how to young people and helps them follow their dreams.
The Association Agréée de Pêche et de Protection du Milieu Aquatique (AAPMA - a French association for regulating fishing and protecting bodies of water and waterways), with offices at the Vinça town hall is in charge of the following bodies of water:
- The Têt from the Eus bridge to the dam
- The lake at Escoumes
- The Lentilla
- The Llech
- The Gloriances
The association restocks the three rivers, from April to June, each year.
Fédération départementale des Pyrénées Orientales pour la pêche et la protection des milieux aquatiques (Departmental Federation for the Eastern Pyrenees for Fishing and Protection of Water Areas)
Tel. 00 33 (0)4 68 66 88 38
43 Route de Rigarda
Tel : 00 33 (0)4 68 05 85 08