Closed waters fishery in the
Pays d'Ouche region of Normandy...
Easy day trip from Paris
time after Jan 1st, fly fishers of all countries start feeling the
fever of the forthcoming opening... but sometimes this day is coming a
bit slowly. To face the growing demand for days fishing during winter
and early spring months we take our guests to places like this Moulin
(mill), in the Pays d'Ouche region of Normandy. These days provide an
enjoyable occasion for a countryside day, plus with the thrill and fun
to fly fish many big and beautiful trouts.
beautiful setting of an old mill, with a comfortable little lodge
dedicated to fishing chats. This club was created 30 years ago, and is
now really a classic place.
Even in the coldest moments...
The place described
here is located at 150 kms west of Paris.
We can arrange days
at a similar mill in the Champagne region (230 kms east of
|The mill features a nice deep
lake and a network of mill ponds fed one by eachother with a system of
small chutes. There is also the main river Avre and a stocked river
stretch which is a narrower finger.
The lake and mill ponds are especially attractive (unfortunately) as a Plan-B
for periods of extremely sad weather or flooded rivers.
Carl is definitely not a beginner but the small river behind him is the
perfect stream to teach the notion of good drift to a beginner.
On this river are used dry flies and classic nymphs like phesant tails,
amber nymps or hare's ear. Nymphs are often fished "at sight".
a superb brown trout...
|Make no mistake though. Yes it
is a good place for learning because there is a lot of fish in the
water providing many new occasions if one is missed. But fishing is
nothing easy and requires good skill and talent.
The lake holds plenty of wonderful trout of all sizes and features an
outstandingly pure water. Bugs hatches are consistent and rich and can
even reach a state of sheer astonishment during the period of the big
The mayfly hatch happens earlier than on neighbour rivers by late April
or early May, and the quantity of flies on the water is really
surprising. The rest of the time is occupied by chironomids, black
gnats (bibio) and brown caddis or sedges. River flies like
Hendricksons, Adams or blue Wing Olives also find work.
I look sad
but mine is not bad either... I am just frozen, that is winter fishing !
Some of the rainbows are really
The specialty of this deep lake however is a stunning
population of really big rainbows up to 15 lbs ! Four or five pounders
are very common. The big trouts sometimes hit a dry fly or small nymph
but are usually fished with streamers.
For special occasions, we can ask Gilles to catch and
prepare a smoked trout for our lunch. On toasts of pain de
campagne and butter, with a white Burgundy or Arbois, it is just
Unlike the chalk stream rivers of the other pages, the
fishing time at the lake and stocked rivers is not necessarily so much
concentrated in the late evening. Therefore, we are usually taking the
picnic at lunch time at the lodge. There are tables outside and BBQ
with his excellent rainbow...
And with a good
Prices & Accommodation
Pays d'Ouche Rates
ask by email for the specific closed waters rates
Choice of accommodation for the Pays
Very nice watermill
country inn - Cottage (gîtes) rental.
Different itineraries can take us from the château
d'Anet, to the forest of Rambouillet. There are many well kept villages
like for instance Montfort-Lamaury. It is a typical French
countryside. If you or your wife like countryside antique shops
(brocanteurs), we can show you where they are.
If you are staying overnight, going to visit the outstanding cathedral
of Chartres is quite easy.
A number of different golf courses allow us to combine
the two sports on your demand.
the Château des Mesnuls in the forest of Rambouillet
or sightseeing. Appartments can be rented in this castle.
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and salon with fireplace
and billiard at around 400 euros for the week-end or 700 euros for the
In season, the
mill and the lake can be combined with chalk-stream fishing