Fishing in Limousin

bucksflyfisher

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I live near St Yrieix la Perche and have been unsuccessfully searching for some decent river fly fishing for some time. Any advice would be much appreciated. All the rivers near me seem to be devoid of fish, probably because the locals kill everything they catch except carp.
 

glueman

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With nearly six thousand seven hundred kilometers of first category rivers across three departments: the Corrèze, the Creuse and the Haute-Vienne, the Limousin is a dream destination for anglers seeking a quality of water that is still preserved. Here, all generations of anglers rub shoulders in pursuit of a common passion: fly-fishing for the fario brown trout.
Have a look on the web searching fly fishing in Limousin
 

bucksflyfisher

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Problem is that on the day after stocking, banks are shoulder to shoulder with bait fishers all trying to get the cost of their carte de peche back in trout for the freezer. Nothing left after 3 or 4 days.
 

bucksflyfisher

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With nearly six thousand seven hundred kilometers of first category rivers across three departments: the Corrèze, the Creuse and the Haute-Vienne, the Limousin is a dream destination for anglers seeking a quality of water that is still preserved. Here, all generations of anglers rub shoulders in pursuit of a common passion: fly-fishing for the fario brown trout.
Have a look on the web searching fly fishing in Limousin
That's the tourist trap talk. Loads of carp fishing in the lakes, but the so called Category 1 waters are absolutely devoid of brown trout, stocked with ragged tailed rainbows which are cleaned out by bait fishers within a couple of days.
 

diawl bach

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Wow - I know a couple of rivers locally that were like that a few years back. It's not easy to change that culture but it's worth a try.
 

Lewis Chessman

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It's been years since I was there but I have friends with a place in Soult near Argentat. I remember seeing trout off the bridge in the town and a good 3 lb+ brown downstream - in a heavily treed area away from the campsites, There was a mouche tackle shop in the centre and a chap selling flies from his house on the Forges/Soult road. Not much help, I know, but it might be worth a drive over to take a look. There are miles of wee streams you could explore with light tackle - the Doustre near Rivierge looked OK from the car. It must have a few pools on it. Try a virtual trip on Google Maps if you haven't the time to visit, see what appeals to you before you set out for a closer look.
 

nav

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within a 40 / 50 km range many possibilities with trout & grayling (Dordogne, Vienne), even shad in the beginning of spring if you're heading to west
 

raphael

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There is some decent fishing in all that wide area (as well as some of the bad practices stated above :sick::mad:). Many rivers are suffering from heavy damming and micro-hydro anyway. For sure the Dordogne is a jewel but it shall be avoided in summer a sit is stuffed with tourists (trout in april-may, grayling from late september to early december). You shall have a try to the Vezere and Correze, or to the Vienne may be...

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