To arrange a state fishing license in advance, please send us the following details (by group booking, for each person of the group):

  • one scanned copy of the passport/identity card
  • one scanned passport size picture of yourself
  • address (if different from the one stated in the ID or passport)

Please email us the scanned copies of these documents to: info@flyfishingromania.com at least two weeks prior to your arrival.

Please notice: we arrange the fishing licenses only for fly fishers booking our tours.

The waters in Romania have very different jurisdictions: some are administrated by the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests, others by the National Agency for Fishery and Aquaculture, or by the National Forestry Agency and some are leased to local/regional fishing clubs. So please try to send us the necessary documents as stated above in time, so that we can get to make all the arrangements for your fishing licenses.

 

Fly Fishing Rules According to Romanian Fishing Legislation

Fly fishing as a sports fishing art is open to any person, on basis of a valid fishing licence, which together with the proof for payment and the identity card that certifies the holder’s right to practice fishing as a recreational activity. Fly fishing means fishing with a fly rod and a fly reel, a fly line and an artificial fly.

Artificial fly means any lure of feather, fur, wool or other material of any kind customarily used in the making of artificial flies.

Fly fishing in mountain waters (rivers and/or lakes) must be exerted from the shore or the boat, with one rod, using artificial bait and maximum two hooks. The use of live bait, of water ball or other buoyant bodies and of synthetic bait like paste and pellets is not permitted. Fly fishing in mountain waters (rivers and/or lakes) must be exerted during the daytime (sunrise until sundown).

Fly fishing in salmonid waters is only allowed using maximum 2 artificial flies at one time.

Trout season in Romania: 1st of May to 14th of September 2015. The keeping of huchen and grayling is at any time prohibited.

Legal dimensions: the following salmonid catches can be hold: trout with a minimum length of 20 cm, whitefish with a minimum length of 22 cm. Grayling is protected in whole Romania since 2012 in order to restore the natural population. Every grayling exemplary should be released immediately. Fishing of huchen trout (hucho hucho) is strictly prohibited. Every licence holder who catches a fish which does not exceed the specified minimum length, shall immediately return it with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.

Number of captures: according to Romanian regulations, 10 exemplary of allowed salmonids can be retained daily.

Closed fishing areas are protected areas where fishing is temporarily banned in order to restore salmonide or fish population, marked on visible signboards.

Catch and release only areas (C&R) are areas, where no fish can be retained and where fishing is allowed only by using barbless hooks. These areas are delimited and marked by specialized personnel on visible signboards.

Fly Fishing Rules During the Tours organised by Fly Fishing Romania

By using our services, each participant agrees, to practice catch and release (C&R) only. In order to try and protect and to restore the limited natural resources and also to give a positive example to the local communities fly fishing on tours organized by Fly Fishing Romania is until further notice “Catch and Release” only.

Fly fishing on tours organized by Fly Fishing Romania involves therefor barbless hooks only.

Fly fishermen and women travelling with Fly Fishing Romania have to document all captured fish, a documentation log-book will be provided, stating species/number of fish/length/approx. weight/place of capture (river/lake sector).

Tourists and/or fishermen travelling with Fly Fishing Romania must keep the waters and the shore clean.

“Catch and Release Only” and the Statement of Fly Fishing Romania (FFR)

Romania used to be a paradise for trout, grayling and huchen. Indeed, huchen of over 15 kg, lake trout of over 12 kg and wild trout in abundance were a regular sight 40-50 years ago. If you manage to get your hand on an old magazine of “Hunting and Fishing” you would be taken aback by seeing on the old yellowish paper all the black & white pictures with trophy trout or huchen.

Because of the last 25 years of natural resources depletion, not only by irresponsible exploitation or poaching, but also because of the bad infrastructure development and the encouragement of so-called “green energy” through the construction of unsustainable micro-hydro power stations on mountain rivers, the wild trout, grayling and huchen population in Romania has reached a deep point in the last 10 years. However, through efforts of local communities and fishing associations, and also due to the increasing number of ecological movements, the fish population could slowly increase again.

Catch and release is arguably one of the most disputed issues in the world of fishers nowadays, having supporters on both sides. Fly Fishing Romania (FFR) tries to see things by keeping an open mind. In every ecosystem on the planet, same as in every physical system, there is a natural tendency toward balance. Modern man interferes with nature on daily bases and disturbs this balance. Through its activity, Fly Fishing Romania (FFR) tries to restore the balance in some aquatic ecosystems and to support the protection of the natural habitat of trout, grayling and huchen. FFR is aware that it might seem utopian or impossible at this time, but it is determined to try. The most important measures to achieve these objectives are, according to FFR, the long-term cooperation with local and regional decision-makers and with local fishing clubs, and its material and physical involvement in the projects.

By being a guest of Fly Fishing Romania (FFR) you are supporting its future ecological projects, such as repopulation and ecological restoration actions, and therefor the achievement of that balance, when the natural resources can be rationally and sustainably used.

As soon as the trout, grayling and huchen population will be restored on different rivers and lakes in Romania, we will be the first ones to say that each and every one should decide for themselves. It is absolutely normal to eat fish and it should be a pleasure to bring home at the end of a fly fishing trip one or two fish so you can have a great dinner.

Until then, Fly Fishing Romania supports the practice of C&R, and it is happy to exchange experiences with its guests and to practice together a sustainable fly fishing.