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Damien Toussaint, trout fishing guide
Posted On 9 July 2020
Discover the portrait of Damien Toussaint, fishing guide instructor in the Saint-Lary region in the Pyrenees and specialist in trout fishing.
Hello Damien, firstly can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello Rodmaps team. My name is Damien Toussaint, I am 25 years old and am from Aveyron. But I am now installed in the Pyrenees and more precisely in the Aure valley in Saint Lary Soulan.
I am ski patroller and rescuer in winter and the rest of the year is a fishing guide instructor, graduated from the national center for fishing professions.
Passionate about fishing since my childhood, I spent a lot of time at the water's edge.
Where does your passion for fishing come from?
My parents, passionate about the mountains and more precisely the Pyrenees, made me trudge to the 4 corners of the Pyrenees, always hiking along rivers, streams, and in mountain lakes where we bivouacked. It was then that I had the trigger for trout fishing and my love for the mountains.
What does fishing mean to you today?
More than a passion for me, a vocation to transmit with enthusiasm all the finer points of our passion.
Do you have a favorite fish?
Undeniably, the trout!
For those who have never gone fishing for trout in the Pyrenees or in Aragon, could you tell us a little more about these fishing destinations? What do you think makes these places exceptional?
The Hautes-Pyrénées offer a wide choice of fishing spots: lakes and rivers accessible to fishermen of all levels. It is a magnificent region with more than 2,500 km of 1st category rivers, populated with brown trout. In addition, there are more than 220 mountain lakes with brown and rainbow trout, brook salmon, cristivomers and arctic char.
Something to satisfy the most demanding fishermen in a magnificent setting, on authentic sectors both by their crystal clear waters and their environment.
Aragon has sumptuous scenery, varied and splendid rivers, native Mediterranean trout with magnificent dresses and make it an exceptional destination for trout fishing trips.
Aragon is also a very pleasant region with often good weather and the landscapes are magical.
Why did you choose to do this job?
Being a federal ski instructor in a ski club, transmitting my passion was something I loved, and it turned out that my 20 years of passion spent at the water's edge resulted in obtaining the Brevet Professional in Youth, Popular Education and Sport, specialty “Fishing Guide Monitor”, at the National Center for Training in Fishing Professions.
What qualities do you think are required to be a good fishing guide?
Know your territory like that pocket
Teaching with pedagogy
Technical contributions on fishing but also on the aquatic environment
In a good mood !
Do you have any future projects you would like to tell us about? (sponsors, trips, services etc ...)
We recently released a video project in June with Scarna Fishing
Then, I would like to develop guidance in the territory of Aragon with predator fishing (pikeperch and bass)
Discover Damien Toussaint's guiding offers:
Tenkara fishing in the Louron valley with Damien Toussaint
Come and discover Tenkara fishing in the Louron valley, a specific region of the Hautes-Pyrénées perfect for tenkara fishing. Tenkara fishing is an ancient fly fishing technique that came to us straight from Japan. This Tenkara technique in the Louron valley will allow young fly fishermen who wish to start catching fish quickly and have their first sensations.
Aragon in Spain has sumptuous and completely preserved settings, rivers of all types and splendid and above all native trout of Mediterranean stock with magnificent dresses. It is an exceptional destination for your fishing guides in Aragon in search of these magnificent trout.
Fishing for salmonids in mountain lakes with Damien Toussaint
Eager to discover new mountain lake fishing territory? The salmonid fishing in mountain lakes will transport you to authentic sectors both by their crystal clear waters and their natural setting. I will make you live a unique experience with you to practice salmonid fishing in mountain lakes, for the day or for several days in bivouac.
Rodmaps is above all the story of Nicolas and Matthieu, two friends passionate about fishing. Since our childhood, our passion drives us to travel through France and to travel around the world in search of adventure and trophy fish. Through Rodmaps, we want to share our passion for fishing with as many people as possible and make people discover the joys of this sport around us, because yes, fishing is a sport!