The Béarn region of the Pyrenees has always been one of the best fishing spots in France.
In Béarn the mountain torrents and rivers are called «Gaves».
The Gaves are famous for the indigenous Pyrenean trout called «Fario» and the Atlantic wild salmon.
With its beautiful red spotted body, the Fario is definitely the jewel of the Gaves!
«Fishing Rivers of Béarn»
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Magical Aspe River
Of all the gaves the «Gave d’Aspe» in particular has always been a popular destination for Fario fishing.
This river provides the expert and beginner alike with a pristine natural environment in which to refine or learn new fishing skills.
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Fountains Of Escot
«Auberge Fontaines d’Escot» has been a fishing base probably since the 15C when it was first recorded as a hotel.
Fountains Of Escot with its 900m of private river banks has always attracted the «Toc» and Fly fishing experts.
(Toc is a fishing technique which was invented in this part of the Pyrenees).
Fishing Gites and B&B
Today with our family run
we are still welcoming fishermen.
Our Gites and Grand Suites, which are equipped with handy size fridge/frezer, are particularly popular.
We regularly welcome groups of fishermen who rent the gites with B&B rooms and they often take advantage of the breakfast and evening meals available.
We offer breakfast and dinners at times adapted to suit the fisherman’s routine i.e. very early breakfast and late evening meals.
Fishermen often arrive here with a lot of equipment.
We provide plenty of space to store boxes and hang up all outdoor clothing.
In this part of the Gave d’Aspe you are allowed to keep your catch thus freezer space is always available to conserve your precious Fario.
We have special status as a recognised fishing holiday location “Pêche 64”.
As part of our qualification for this special status we also offer help and advice on how and where to buy the appropriate license for your holiday.
We are also able to provide professional, English speaking fishing guides who are personally known to us.
Guided days can be integrated into your stay here and maybe particularly useful at the start of any fishing holiday to acquaint you with that all important local expertise.
Attracting the Champions
We are now attracting some of the best toc and fly-fishing experts in France!
Some of them are also fishing guides who are prepared to help.
Indeed we regularly lodge some of these «Top Rods» here at Fountains Of Escot.
Where they enjoy practising their art in the wildest of the Pyrenean rivers.
From the single fisherman on his own to the group fishermen or just the occasional family fisherman who wants a place that his family will also enjoy,
Fountains Of Escot ticks every box.