Lac du Roussillou – Riom-es-Montagnes, Cantal

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Located just outside Riom-es-Montagnes in Cantal, Lac du Roussillou is a stunning 5-acre lake bordered by 14 chalets available to rent by the night or week. The lake, which is fly-fishing only, is home to brown and rainbow trout, as well as some more exotic strains.


Photos: Rory Batho


The fishing

Hidden away in the Pays Gentiane region of the Cantal, just outside of Riom-es-Montagnes, Lac du Roussillou is a fly-fisherman’s dream. Surrounded on all sides by thick forest, the fishery’s crystal clear water is home to brown trout, rainbow trout, blues, tigers and char. It’s well stocked but the abundance of natural food (mayflies, sedges, midges, frogs and tadpoles) means the fish can be fussy at times.

Fishing can be done from the bank (there is 2km of fishable lakeside and numerous casting pontoons dotted along the edge), from boats (available to hire) or from float tubes (bring your own).

Lodging & facilities

There are 14 chalets nestled next to the lake (for four or five people), available to rent by the night or week. Pets are welcome and there is private parking, a reception and a telephone booth.

Each 34-square-metre chalet has two bedrooms, a bathroom with sink and shower, separate toilet, a hall, large living room with dining area and a kitchenette. There’s also a terrace with table and chairs and each room is equipped with a heater and blankets.

Boats are available to hire, and there’s a fully stocked tackle shop on site – manager Ludovic will be able to help you select the best flies for the job.


Low season: €249 (10 Mar-7 Apr; 29 Sep-27 Oct; 3-18 Nov)
Mid season: €259 (11 Feb-10 Mar; 7 Apr-30 Jun; 1-29 Sep; 27 Oct-3 Nov)
High season: €399 (30 Jun-7 Jul)
Peak season: €449 (7 Jul-1 Sep)

Nightly rate: €54 (per chalet)

Fishing rates
Day (9am-evening) with 3kg of trout: €39
Half day (9 am-2pm or 2pm-evening) with 2kg of trout: €30
Boat hire: €15 (half day); €20 (full day)

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