Arriving in the Zona Cafe, I was not expecting to see signs of trucha (Spanish for trout!) everywhere in the tiny town of Salento.

Famous for its coffee, hummingbirds and wax palms, I wasn’t expecting this! Our hostel, Les Palmes, held the first real clue with a jumping trout in their coat of arms. Dinner held the next clue – the first restuarant we walked into had nothing but trucha el a something. No jokes – only trout on the menu. Sniffing around I’ve found out there are indeed trout in the rivers but easy access can only be found higher into the mountains.

The steep valleys hold stunning rivers but the local coffee farmers, as friendly as they are, haven’t been altogether keen to let me wander unattented across their land.

However, Bron did some great research and we’ve sniffed out an area to fish and lift for tomorrow. So we shall see!

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

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  1. Hi Brad. I must apologise for the late reply. Outside of Solento is the famous Vallei de Cocora. There are two rivers that are both fishable. If you ask around in town, you should be able to find out about the other trout streams in the area (almost all the water higher up holds trout) and how to get there – it usually entails hiring a jeep and driver for the day. We fished dries all day and the fish rose to a variety of flies.

    It’s not trophy trout area but enjoy the coffee and the scenery.

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