The Cantons of Vaud and Geneva
'La Versoix' - A very nice that offers a diverse experience for the angler. The range of fish found here is broad with Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Grayling and even Pike to be found. The section of the river indicated below is mainly dry fly waters. Very slow flowing with little rapids. The section is comparable to the chalk streams of Southern England. An unforgettable experience when a hatch is on. Fishing is optimal here in late spring and autumn, with the occasional hatch in the summer time. Permits can be obtained in the 'Articles de Pêche' shop in the centre of Versoix town.
'Lake Geneva' - Very hard to fish with a fly due to its sheer size and depth. Accessibility to the shores is difficult other than through harbors where the fish remain mostly spooked. Best fishing spots are found at the river mouths that enter the lake. On the map below is a good option that is quite accessible either by wading or bank fishing. Contains mostly Trout, Grayling, Pike and Perch. Carp can be occasionally spotted in the correct season. Enter through large green gate found before bridge.
The Aubonne River, Aubonne - This beautiful river offers great fish for the prospecting fly fisher. The range of fish found here is limited; with only Brown Trout, Grayling and Rainbow Trout on record. However, during the spawning season of April-June the lake trout tend to ascend the river in large quantities. These lake specimens can be huge, and when fishing correctly you can catch a 40cm beast! There are two different sections of the river, these sections are intersected by a large dam. The area below the dam tends to lack enough water for most of the year, so it safe to say the better fishing is found on the upper section of the river. Guaranteed techniques for catching fish here are aggressive streamer set-ups and simple downstream nymph set-ups. Fishing is optimal from April-June and then again from September to early November.
Lac de Richelien, Versoix - This nice stocked reservoir is a great ‘quick fish’ destination. The lake is stocked twice a month with mostly rainbow trout - although the lake contains tench, perch and pike as well. Due to the large quantities of fish here, you are almost guaranteed to catch something. Fishing here, however, is quite regulated; one is only allowed two fish per day and one needs to purchase a fishing permit for the day from the local fishing store located in the centre of Versoix. This costs 10 chf. The reservoir opens for fishing in early March and from then until late September. The advantage of this destination is that it is located adjacent to the Versoix River, a section of the river that is ideal for the downstream wets technique. The river contains some fine specimen of Brown trout.