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La Versoix - A very long river that offers a diverse experience for the angler. The range of fish found here is broad with:
and even Pike
The section of the river indicated on the map below is mainly suitable for fishing with a dry fly. Very slow flowing with little rapids. The section is comparable to the chalk streams of Southern England. An unforgettable experience when a hatch is on. Fishing is optimal here in late spring and autumn, with the temperatures often too warm for much fish activity in the summer time. Permits can be obtained in the 'Articles de Pêche' shop in the centre of Versoix town for 10 CHF/day.
A point to note: this river is the border between Switzerland and France. Ensure you have correct documentation when venturing from one country to the next.
Lake Geneva/Leman - Very hard to fish with a fly due to its sheer size and depth. Accessibility to the shores is difficult other than through harbours where the fish remain mostly spooked. Best fishing spots are found at the river mouths that enter the lake. On the map below is a good option that is quite accessible either by wading or bank fishing. Contains a wide variety of fish including:
Pike and Perch.
Carp and Tench
Féra and Roach
The location indicated on the map is the confluence of the Versoix River and Lake Geneva. Enter through the large green gate found before bridge and walk along the path until the sandy beach area.
Permits can be acquired for 10CHF/day from the "Articles de Pêche" shop near the town hall in Versoix.
The Aubonne River, Aubonne - This beautiful river offers great fish for the prospecting fly fisher. The range of fish found here is limited with only:
and Rainbow Trout yet caught.
However, during the spawning season of April-June the lake trout tend to ascend the river in large quantities. These lake specimens can be huge, and when fishing correctly you can catch a 40cm beast!
There are two different sections of the river, these sections are intersected by a large dam. The area below the dam tends to lack enough water for most of the year, so when this is the case, better fishing is found on the upper section of the river. Successful techniques for catching fish here are aggressive streamer set-ups and simple downstream nymph set-ups. Fishing is optimal from March-June and then again from September to late October. High temperatures in the summer make the fish less active and harder to catch.
Lac de Richelien, Versoix - This nice stocked reservoir is a great ‘quick fish’ destination. The lake is stocked twice a month with mostly rainbow trout - although the lake contains tench, perch and pike as well. Due to the large quantities of fish here, you are almost guaranteed to catch something.
Fishing here, however, is quite regulated: one is only allowed two fish per day and one needs to purchase a fishing permit for the day from the local fishing store located in the centre of Versoix. This costs 10 chf. The reservoir opens for fishing in early March and from then until late September. The advantage of this destination is that it is located adjacent to the Versoix River, a section of the river that is ideal for the downstream wets technique. The river contains some fine specimen of Brown trout.
L'Orbe, Vallorbe - This visually stunning river is located near the Canton of Jura and flows along the Swiss/French border. It consists of multiple fishing sceneries: a gorge located downstream to the village of Vallorbe, and a very-much calm chalkstream-esque section above the village of Vallorbe. Both contain excellent fishing, although access is harder at the gorge sections.
I guarantee you will see plenty of fish here. Sight-fishing is truly excellent. Species found here are:
I personally have found that the fish are very often going for dry flies. Indeed, I have always witnessed a hatch or two when fishing there.
Permits for fishing can be acquired at the tourist office, located near the main bridge over the Orbe river in Vallorbe. A day pass costs 20.- CHF, but the people at the office are sincerely kind people (see blog post on Vallorbe adventure) and the fishing here absolutely warrants the cost.