Guidage pêche avec Eric HamonGuidage pêche avec Eric Hamon
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On the Kernansquillec fly coursein search of lady trout

The Kernansquillec fly course

At 7am on this Saturday at the end of May, I’m ready to spend a day alone in the wilds of the Léguer! My children have given me a “Week-end déconnexion en vallée du Léguer” gift pack. I must look stressed! On the menu, the Kernansquillec fly course.

In search of lady trout

The Côte de Granit Rose tourist office prepared everything for me: accommodation in a special “fisherman’s” B&B in Tonquédec, free registration for the course, and a picnic basket filled with local produce. Someone even called to make sure I had the right fishing licence! So off we went!

In the beginning, there was a dam

As I become acquainted with my new surroundings, I learn that the modern history of this site begins with the levelling of a dam in 1996. And that it was nothing less than the first multiple-arch dam built in France around 1920. Here, lost in the middle of nowhere, in this corner of Brittany? What a surprise!

A return to nature

The 2 km-long dam drowned the entire valley for 70 years, supplying electricity to one of Brittany’s biggest paper mills in the 20th century. Its end also left its mark, as it served as France’s “guinea pig”, being the first dam to be removed from a salmon river. I’ll keep that in mind!

Lady trout, here I come

At the first access to the water, I descend into the river. I carefully observe the insects hatching as the first rays of sunlight hit the surface of the water. The morning light and mist combine to create a superb, almost unreal spectacle. Silently, motionless, I take the opportunity to contemplate and listen to nature as it begins to stir: the high-pitched call of the kingfisher, the murmur of the river. I float quietly upstream, on the lookout for gobies.

A no-kill course

There before me, a discreet ripple on the surface of the water. I cast and drop my fly in just the right vein of water. It drifts and lady trout gobbles. I hook! Then I bring her back to me and take out the landing net to contemplate my first catch. 25 cm, a fine specimen! But I’m on a no-kill run, so I gently release the beauty. She’ll give other anglers just as good a time.

Walking through the water and into the heart of the valley

I continue to meander along the wild Léguer river. Halfway up, I find the picnic table. After the effort, the comfort. Here I am, alone, in the midst of soothing nature. This former fishing reserve, untouched for the past 20 years, will be a wonderful memory. It deserves its national “Parcours passion” label.

At last, I meet Dame la Truite! Light and graceful, I let her wander along the banks of the Léguer.

No-Kill fly fishing

on the Le Léguer

A new approach to catch-and-release fishing

While for some, leisure fishing is still associated with food production or gastronomy, it is now becoming an outdoor activity in the same way as hiking or kayaking. More and more anglers are returning their catches to the water. Respect for the richness of this wild river calls for a new approach to fishing, a genuine tool for managing and protecting fish populations. But the survival of the fish implies a few rules of good conduct: use the right equipment to avoid injuring them, don’t take them out of the water and use a landing net…

Three fly courses on the Léguer

Dedicated exclusively to fly-fishing techniques, come and enjoy unforgettable fishing experiences for pure pleasure.

  • Kernansquillec fly course
  • Losser fly course
  • Traou-Morvan fly course

Cultivating experience