Fly fishing on the river Blavet
The river Blavet
A few hours evening fishing on the river Blavet
The river Blavet meets the sea at Lorient and winds its way around central Brittany passing through Hennebont, Baud,Pontivey and feeds the Lac de Guerledan. Alot of the river has been canalized with 28 locks being installed but at each lock your see fish ladders to allow the movement of Salmon and trout.
In 2006 it was voted best course fishing river throughout France, with its run of game fish, Pike,Carp and other course fish.
In July I had a keen fisherman staying in the cottage who from Wales worked as a part time gilly on some of the well know Salmon runs in Wales,who wished to have a go at fly fishing during his stay.
He tried a few evenings on the river Tarun and caught a few Salmon parr and I surgested having an evening on the Blavet to catch something bigger. We arrived at 7pm and fished just 30 meters down stream from a lock with 2 fish ladders, above the lock the river was very still but we fished in the fast water, me opting to spin while he opted to fly fish.
Within 30 minutes he was into his first fish, a 3lb chub and I was lucky to film his second around the same weight being caught 10 minutes later from the initial cast to landing the fish.
I addition to the 2 he caught he had several other takes from the shoals of chub swimming around in the area.
We only fished for 2 hours but it was a great evening standing in the river with rod in hand after a very hot sunny day.
Note: Rod licences that allows you to fish all the waterways in Brittany can be bought in Baud.
Catching the second chub of the evening on the fly
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