Rivière du Tarn

The Tarn

A river with trophy winning fish:

  • It is the largest river in the south Aveyron.
  • It descends from the Mount Aigoual massif in the Lozère
  • It has no dams which release sudden amounts of water upstream of the fishing areas
  • It is a river flowing through limestone that experiences sudden increases in level due to heavy rain (spring and autumn)
  • It is classified as 2nd category for fish life from the town of Millau
  • Length of river
  • Average river width is 50 m (165 feet) and the average depth is 1 metre (3 feet)
  • It is made up of a succession of large slow flats, ledges and stronger currents
  • Access is relatively easy on the right bank because a road more or less follows the course of the Tarn
  • Certain banks are steep and difficult to access on the left bank
  • Classed as private property, you must have the owner’s permission to cross their property
  • A very precocious river enabling one to fish early in the season but it is more difficult to catch trout in summer
  • The density of brown trout on this river is average but the fish are large (+/- 40 cm)
  • Trophy winning fish can reach 70 cm or more, look in the deep pools
  • Fishing techniques that can be used are float, fly and all types of lure fishing
  • Large numbers of non predator fish (chub, common dace, barbell, gudgeon, minnow…)