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Here in the Haute-Vienne 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.
We now have so much information for the traveling angler that we have 2 pages for you to browse. This page covers fishing regulations for france, various local venues, fly fishing tuition and tackle hire. Page two has links to various sites of interest, tackle sales, and our fishy stories. To skip to page 2 click PAGE TWO


Tony holds the STANIC(Trout) qualification. When based in the UK he helped teach upwards of 200 adults and children in the art of casting and fishing the fly.

He worked a great deal of time at Chirk Fly fishery in North Wales with Gwilym Hughes.

Tuition covers roll casts, overhead casts, single and double haul casts, casts for overcoming adverse wind direction and moving water and an introduction to entomology.

Tony is registered to teach in France and has full third party liability insurance.

Tuition costs are 25,00 euros per hour unless you are a guest at Le Petit Verger in which case there is a reduction of 5 euros.

We also offer an introductory package at our local fishery consisting of the following:

Please note: we cannot offer any courses until Aug 1st 2011, this is due to the work that we have to do on the new gite, thanks for your understanding.

Fly fishing Courses.

Three hour one to one course at Domaine De Jarlat.*Normally available April - November* Please note: we cannot offer any courses until Aug 1st 2011, this is due to the work that we have to do on the new gite, thanks for your understanding.

The session starts with a coffee and a chat about entomology, followed by an explanation of the tackle that we use. We then move on to casting tuition covering the roll cast and overhead cast, plus others.

You can then use your newly acquired skills to fish for trout on the fly. The cost of the course is 50,00 euros. The fee includes - tuition, fishery fees, travel and tackle hire.

This is an ideal experience as the techniques that you learn can be practiced straight away on a water containing trout, and you can keep what you catch up to a maximum of 5 trout.

In 2011, we shall be offering group instruction sessions at a reduced rate, based at a private and exclusive lake here in Dept 87.

These will be run over the course of a day, and will include tuition, tackle hire, coffee, lunch and a beer afterwards

Why not get together with some friends and a have a day out with a difference - and trout for tea perhaps?

Full details will appear here on the site as plans develop.

If you'd like to be kept up to date on these courses, just drop me an e-mail here Tony@flyfishinginfrance.com

If you're not sure about the art of fly fishing, you can read Tony's Introduction to Fly Fishing by clicking HERE

If you wish to buy fishing tackle here in France please visit our other website www.lemartin-pecheur.com


A full years licence to fish most of France costs €80,00 and enables the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters. This amount varies a little between departments.

There is a distinction between 1st and 2nd Category Lakes and rivers in the region.
1st (Premiere) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited by game fish. Season mid March - end Sept

2nd (Deuxieme) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited by coarse fish. Season, mostly all year

The holiday licence is now available from June 1st - December 31st and costs €32,00 for a period of 15 days. This entitles you to fish within the Haute Vienne, and enables the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters. For other regions it costs around the same amount.

Daily licences are now available for just €10 and can be purchased from January 1st - December 31st. If you wish to fish in the bordering departments to the Haute Vienne, these are available also. This enables anglers to fish earlier in the season which is great news.This too permits the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters. This is the perfect solution if you only wish to fish for a day or so when staying here. The daily permits only cover the department in which they are issued, i.e. Haute Vienne 87, Charente 16 or Dordogne 24. The Haute Vienne permits are available at our local Boulangerie or from us and are a necessity to fish legally in the region. There are some lakes locally that do not require anglers to be in possession of a permit, although there is usually a daily ticket fee.

To see full information on fishing rules and regulations in english for the Haute Vienne click here

In the lakes and rivers local to us you will find Trout, Chub, Carp, Pike, Zander, Perch, Shad and other species.

We now offer coarse and fly fishing tackle hire on a daily or weekly basis.

We can cater for parties of up to 6 anglers please visit our sister site Limousin Fishing They are based just up the lane from us at Tamisac and offer a gite that sleeps up to four people.


RIVER VIENNE: This area of France is well known for the river Dordogne. However there are two other major river systems. The Vienne and the Charente. The Charente starts about 30 mins away from us before winding its way to the coast many kilometres away. The Vienne is a beautiful river, mostly slow flowing and picturesque which runs eventually into the River Loire. We are less than 20 minutes away from the River Vienne with easy access to the river and parking close by.

The Vienne is a category 2 river so can be fished all year long. It offers deep slow stretches, fishable from the banks, or you can wade easily towards the weir from late spring until late autumn, depending on river levels of course. The river has produced good chub and roach, both on fly tackle throughout the summer. There is a small trout stream which is a tributary of the Vienne not far away, so trout can sometimes be found in the river too.

DOMAINE DE JARLAT: This is a beautiful, well maintained and well stocked fishery.
Just over 10 minutes away from us, the fishery is owned and run by a charming Frenchman, Patrick. Patrick is an all round angler and has set up one of the best fisheries we have seen locally. You have a choice to fish conventionally or with the fly. There is dedicated trout lake and the larger of the three lakes is stocked with carp, perch, roach, tench, pike, sturgeon and zander. Both of the two larger lakes offer fly fishermen some interesting opportunities to catch fish other than trout, on the fly.
On site you will find a snack bar and toilets with showers, should you wish to fish all day/night. No licence is needed to fish the lakes.

Prices are extremely reasonable.
Click Domaine de Jarlat for more details.


A beautiful and secluded lake about 8 kilometres from our farmhouse. You climb into the hills surrounding the tardoire valley before reaching the lake. Stocked with trout, pike, perch and other coarse fish, fishing is any method. There is ample room for back casting if you fish the fly.
Usually very quiet, the lake also offers picnic tables around its banks with ample parking. Open from mid April until mid October.

Prices for 2009 are a very reasonable 6€ per day with no other permit needed.

RIVER TARDOIRE: Just down the lane from our farmhouse you find the River Tardoire. A 1st category river. A small brook for the most part with all of the features that you would expect from a small stream. It is stocked with beautiful brown trout throughout the season by our local fishing club. Although tricky to fish with the fly for the most part, there are a few clear areas where you can cast to the trout. It also has a lovely little picnic area for partners who would rather sit by the river and read a book or just enjoy the peace and quiet with a bottle of red wine.

GORRE LAKE: Just 10 minutes away from our gite you will find this lake at Gorre. Sitting next to a 13th century church, the lake is regularly stocked with carp ranging between 1lb to 6 lb. Fishing is any method and you can take a couple to eat if you wish.......... Day tickets are available for 5,00 euros, or 3,00 euros for half a day. Great sport on coarse or fly tackle. Normally open March - October.

LA MORDOREE RESERVOIR: A 2 hectare fly only stillwater stocked with many species of trout and black bass in a quiet
corner of the Charente just 35 mins drive from our gite. Fly fishing only into 15 metres of clear water. There is a pedalo available and float tubing is allowed.
You'll see browns, rainbows, blues, and golden trout. Black bass patrol the margins with few coarse fish too. In all this fishery makes for an interesting day out. It fishes best in autumn as during the summer the fish tend to stay well down near the spring inlet at the bottom of the lake.

BUSSIERE GALLANT: Just 20 mins drive away from us you will find the Plan D'eau at Bussiere Gallant.
This is a free to fish ( as long as you have a licence) water. Essentially stocked with coarse fish, having carp up to 12lb + , perch and others. This is a category 1 water.
At the opening of this years season, I had the pleasure of catching small perch on a gold head nymph. Not large specimens, but bags of fun and in quiet surroundings.

PISCICULTURE DU BREUILH A stocked fishery just 20 mins away into the Dordogne region. The lake is stocked by the owner who also runs a fish farm. This is the farm that supplies our local river Tardoire. Tranquility doesn't come much better than this. Easy casting from 2 banks with a fly with roll casting being the option of the other. You can also fish with worms and conventional tackle, making this an interesting proposition for all anglers.

ST MATHIEU LAKE: The lake is just 10 mins from us. This is a mixed water where although we have never seen trout, perch, chub and carp to a good size have been spotted. A 14 hectare lake with artificial beach and lots of small bays to explore. Depth varies from 1 metre or so to over 5 metres.
The 'Grange de Lac" restaurant and bar on the lakeside is open from 10.00 am - 10.00 pm, serving meals, snacks and drinks.

Carp fishing in Haute - Vienne, coming soon, CLICK HERE

To read some reports from the regions lakes and rivers click FISHING REPORTS. or to read some fishing tales click TALES FROM FRENCH WATERS


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 .

We have the following Fly fishing outfits:

8'0" # 3/4 Greys GRX 2Pc Rod
8'6" # 4/5 Greys GRX 2Pc Rod x 2
9'0" # 5/6 Greys GRX 2Pc Rod
9'0" # 5 Lefty Kreh TiCr 4Pc Rod
9'0" # 8 Tiemco 4Pc Rod

We charge 25 euros per week for an outfit or 5 euros per day. There is a refundable deposit of 25 euros payable per outfit. All that we ask is that the gear is returned in good order and clean condition. Any damage may be deducted from the deposit.

All of the above are supplied with fly reel, floating fly line, leader and landing net. All you need are your favourite flies and accessories.
We normally stock flies and tapered leaders here if you run short. A comprehensive fly tying kit* is also at your disposal and a substantial library of books on fly fishing/ coarse fishing to sit and read in the evening with an ice cool beer............sounds good............ yes?
* whilst materials are supplied for no charge, there is a small charge for fly tying hooks. We always have a range of flylines, leaders, flies etc. etc. in stock at the farmhouse at competitive prices.

Coarse Fishing Outfits:

We have 6 complete kits giving you the following:

Fladen Warbird 12 foot 3 piece carbon match rod with SIC rings.
Fixed spool reel with 7 ball bearings.
Line fitted to the reel.
Keep net with bank stick
Landing net.
Bank stick with rod rest.
Tackle box with most of the goodies that will need.
Floats and weights etc are readily available at our local supermarket which is just 4 kilometres away.
Believe it or not the supermarket also sells maggots, worm and groundbait.....

We charge 25 euros per week for an outfit or 5 euros per day. There is a refundable deposit of 25 euros payable per outfit. All that we ask is that the gear is returned in good order and clean condition. Any damage may be deducted from the deposit.

As can be seen from the above we can cater for up to 6 anglers. Our sister gite being run by Keith and Margaret is now taking bookings for next year 2010 please visit Limousin Fishing . Margaret and Keith have a two bedroomed gite that sleeps up to 4 people with stunning views across the rolling hills of the Limousin. They are based just a kilometre or so up the lane from us.

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To send us an e-mail just click Tony@flyfishinginfrance.com
Le Petit Verger
La Borderie, 87440 Maisonnais sur Tardoire. FRANCE..