The Limousin is known as the land of a thousand lakes - they're not far wrong actually. The area has many peaceful lakes and slow moving rivers that rarely get crowded with other anglers. There are large lakes of over 100 hectares, smaller municipal lakes, rivers and private fisheries offering the traveling angler many opportunities to fish for the quarry of their choice. In the Haute-Vienne alone we have 6500 km of category 1 rivers, 400km of category 2 rivers, 190 hectares of category 1 lakes and 1800 hectares of category 2 lakes. Enough for the most ardent angler.Or if you are "The Occasional Angler" who just likes to fish if the opportunity presents itself, we can cater for you with complete tackle hire available. See below for details.
If you would like to buy fishing tackle here in France, see www.lemartin-pecheur.com a dedicated tackle site run by Tony and Sue, based at La Borderie, a 20 minute drive from us.
The Domaine de Jarlat is a fishery a mere 15 mins away from us that offers trout fishing on one lake using fly, worm or bait, and another much larger lake offering carp, pike, and perch fishing. The owner, Patrick, is a charming frenchman who fishes himself so he knows the needs of anglers. The fishery has toilets and shower block and a small café offering snacks and drinks. As this is a private fishery, you do not need any permits whatsoever. You just pay Patrick per session. His prices are very keen, please see the link to his site. The fishery is in a peaceful part of the countryside and not over fished at all. For full details of his tariffs please click Domaine de Jarlat
10 minutes to the east there is a beautiful and well stocked lake which
offers you fishing for carp, not the famous French 50lb+ monsters but
fish up to around 5lb which can give you superb sport on light tackle.
Once again you do not need any permits or licences to fish the lake.
This year you paid just 3 euros for half a day and 5 euros for a full
day. You can if you wish take a few carp for tea......not something
we have tried I have to say. The lake can be fished using normal coarse
methods or if you fancy a change - try carp fishing on the fly. A customer
of ours had some success with this method.
If you prefer wandering the river banks, you will need to buy a permit. These are available at various outlets (tabacs/bars). You can buy permits for our neighbouring departments, but they have to bought in the department that you wish to fish.
The River Vienne that meanders through our region holds many species of fish including carp, pike, perch, zander and a few species which we have seen, but not caught, so we are not sure exactly what they are.
Just a short walk from La Vue we have the River Tardoire, a small babbling brook. Our local club stock the river from March onwards and it's any method. Fly fishing can be difficult once spring starts as the growth rate of the riverside vegetation is very quick. The locals prefer using a small spinner or minnow to catch the trout. There are a few roach in the river too. Our friends Tony and Sue who run Le Petit Verger, just 20 minutes away from us offer professional fly casting tuition as Tony is, as far as we know, the only STANIC qualified instructor in France. To visit their site click www.flyfishinginfrance.com He has a package available to any angler who wishes to try the sport of fly fishing.
Most airlines are now charging a lot of pennies to bring your fishing tackle over to France, up to 40 pounds for 1 rod!!! So we offer you the easy solution. A range of tackle for both fly and coarse fishing which can be hired on a weekly or daily basis .
# 3/4 Greys GRX 2Pc Rod
of the above are supplied with fly reel, floating fly line, leader and
landing net. All you need are your favourite flies and accessories.
Coarse Fishing Outfits:
We have 6 complete kits giving you the following:
Warbird 12 foot 3 piece carbon match rod with SIC rings.