Le Verdon offers excellent Fly Fishing conditions The surrounding is almost only mineral, no tree spoils your casting. The waters are very clear allowing often to spot the targetted fish. The river is full of boulders producing countless hides and currents that trout like. All techniques are used from dry fly, to nymph (often at sight on spotted fish) and small streamers to drift around boulders and deeper in the pools.
The water is cold, a pair of waders is needed. Any trout rod from 8,5 to 10 feet can be used. Floating light lines 3/4, are ideal for dry fly when weight, 5/6 does better for nymph and small streamer.
"Au toc", bait fishing
For days of high waters or if you are accompanied by friends or children who are not familiar with fly rods, it is very interesting to try the particular bait fishing named "au toc". The bait is usually an uncased caddis larva is smoothly drifted around the boulders and in the veins of current. You must be very attentive to strike when you feel the discreet "toc" of the fish on your hook. Artificial nymphs are now used for this art making the "au toc" fishing the real complement of fly fishing. Again for beginners or children, light spinning is also a rewarding technique to use.
Apart from the river itself, the course of the Verdon offers a number of impressive lakes of deep blue waters. In these are found huge lake trout and other carnivorous fish like pike or zander. The lakes being quite deep, the fishing techniques vary from trolling to heavy spinning or bait fishing.
Sea fishing from a boat
At short distance off Saint-Raphaël, I currently organise early morning outings. Small rock species and bigger fish are caught. There is more fun and gastronomy involved than sport in this experience. Taking the sea at dawn from a small provençal port is an outstanding experience. Bigger fish like dorades, pageots, sars or sea-bass loup are alsocaught and will be delighted to end up on a BBQ with herbs from the hills. This experience is obviously more enjoyable for fishers who are renting a house than for those staying at hotels. Though, I doubt that many hotels will refuse to cook your catches if you ask nicely (but firmly).