COME FISHING IN A RURAL PARADISE WHERE THE FARIO TROUT IS QUEEN…
The Creuse, part of the Limousin region in the central France is known to some as ‘the green heart of France’ because of its countryside. Others calls is ‘the green and blue land’ because of its green fields and woods that cover rolling hills and the blue of the sky and reflected in its many rivers and lakes. Small, stone-built villages stand as if time has somehow been ignored.
To put this in numbers it looks like this:
* 3400 kilometres of trout rivers and streams
It all means there’s a huge variety of fish to go at including pike, zander, carp, tench, trout, roach, barbel, bleak, gudgeon and minnows.
Some these find themselves in the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in the area, or you can
try some of the internationally famous Limousin beef and other local specialities: Pâté de Pomme de Terre (sour cream and potato pie), Potée Limousin (beef and vegetable soup, a meal in itself), Le Fondu Creusois (fondu made traditionally with the leftover chesse and chips), Clafoutis aux Cerises (cherry flan), Le Creusois (hazlenut cake), Boudin aux Châtaignes (black sausage with chestnuts. The area is famous for its chestnuts), fresh trout and pike, cider made with Limousin apples, chestnut liqueur….
But let’s get back to fishing. There are many options for the keen angler who wants to try his luck in the area. For example, there are over 40 fishing gîtes (rural holiday cottages) either on or near rivers or lakes that have been adapted to meet your fishing needs.
Prices start at 105€ for a weekend or 185€ for the week. Or spend the weekend with a fishing guide and be pampered in a two star hotel on the banks of the River Creuse. If you like both horses and fishing, combine these two pleasures in a weekend break where you ride to your favourite fishing spots.
These are some of the fishing activities the guides can organise for you:
* Spinning for zander and pike from a boat
There are fishing schools where novices can be initiated into the art or more experienced anglers can improve their methods.
The Departmental Fishing Federation and the Creuse Tourist Board have combined to develop the fishing.
been on the curriculum for a number of years and recently they created a nationally recognised qualification a Professional Diploma in ‘Youth and Sport Education, Pleasure Fishing Speciality’. The students learn how to lead groups of youngsters or adults and share their knowledge of the area’s fishing.
Perhaps while you are passionately serious about fishing the rest of the family is less than enthusiastic. Well, don’t worry there’s plenty for them to do here.
How to find out more
For some excellent accomodation in the area CLICK HERE
For more information or help in booking your holidays or weekend breaks, contact:
Le Comité Départmental du Tourisme de la Creuse
Telephone: 0033(0) 5 55 51 93 23
Fax: 0033(0) 5 55 51 05 20
For more angling holidays see our Fisheries section