About Etang des Flores – Flores Carp Experience
At Etang des Flores, the carp are large, the lake is beautiful and the fishing is good. Okay, we may be biased, but we believe that our lake is one of the best in the region and that you will be delighted you book a carp fishing holiday with us. The lake offers 12 swims in total and is fully stocked with a diverse assortment of huge fish.
Set within acres of the picturesque French countryside, it’s the perfect getaway and a great place to fish some stunning varieties of carp. If you’re looking to catch that elusive Pretty One, it’s waiting for you within the depths of our waters.
Everything you need in one place
We offer all the facilities you need on-site, including showers, a dining lodge and a tackle shop. Whether you are a seasoned angler or a complete novice, our lake offers a number of spots where you can practice and perfect your technique or put your knowledge to the test and catch some of our fantastic carp.
We are proud of the facilities we have to offer at Flores and the wonderful experiences our guests have had over the years. If you are looking for a holiday to remember in one of the most beautiful carp fishing locations in France, we would be delighted to welcome you.
One of the finest Carp fishing lakes in France
Carp fishing in France at Etang des Flores offers an exclusive carp fishing experience in a stunning location. Our 10-acre lake is set in the heart of nature and is fully stocked with a comfortable number and selection of carp, including mirror, common, grass, leather and koi varieties. At the last count, our stock resided at around 280 carp ranging in weight from the mid 20’s to well over the magical 60lb barrier.
Since we bought this beautiful lake in December 2011, we are proud to have nurtured it to become the ultimate fishing water and certainly one of the best in the region. The lake has been an established carp fishing waters since 1998 so we had a great head start.
More than just a place to fish
Fishing at Flores is not just about beating your friends to the largest fish or smashing your own personal best. It’s about enjoying some of the best carp fishing in France in some of the most unspoilt and idyllic surroundings available. While you’re waiting for that first fish to bite, you’ll have the chance to spot one of our many wildlife visitors and inhabitants.
From woodpeckers and cuckoos to kingfishers, deer and wild boar, the lake is a natural haven for many wild animals and birds.
At Etang des Flores, we offer our guests a truly unique fishing experience amidst some of the most beautiful scenery. In addition to our fully stocked lake, we have thought of everything you need while fishing and all within a short walk away or situated at every swim. This means you can simply turn up, set up and be reassured that you won’t need to leave your equipment for more than a few minutes to grab some refreshments, have a quick shower or enjoy a bite to eat in our dining lodge.
All the essentials when and where you need them
Every swim around the lake is served by WiFi and power, perfect if you need to recharge your phone or check Google for the latest weather or catch up on your favorite program! Our shower block has hot running water and we also have a locker room for you to store your belongings safely. Our snack shop is stocked with essentials like sandwiches, crisps, drinks and chocolate, while our dining lodge is perfect for sharing tales with other guests about the one that was “this big” or the one that got away.
All this and tackle, too
Of course, it wouldn’t be fair of us to offer all of these facilities and then make you drive miles to find good quality tackle. That’s why we ensure our on-site tackle shop is stocked with all the essentials from big names like Korda, Nash, Solar and Ridge Monkey. We also have freezers available for storing bait.
Etang Des Flores Information
What is included in the price?
Our prices are all inclusive of travel from the UK, 7 Days Fishing and a breakfast & dinner food package.
Can we bring our own bait?
No, all bait is supplied at the lake and no other bait is to be used. This is not for a financial benefit, it is to control the quality of bait being introduced into the lake. We offer 2 different baits on site: House Bait (Frankfurter) & Bait Asylum Marine Receptor & Cream Amino. The House Bait is £75 for 10kg & the Bait Asylum Baits are £80 for 10kg.
Is Particle allowed?
Particle can be used at Flores, but only particle which is purchased from the bailiff. This is cooked fresh, on site, daily and is reasonably priced.
Are bait boats allowed?
Bait boats are allowed on EXCLUSIVE BOOKINGS only at Flores. Please use them sensibly and consider other anglers when using one.
How is the draw for swims done?
The draw for swims is done on the Saturday morning that you arrive at the lake. After you have been greeted by Dan & Julie they will take you on a walk around the lake to get a feel for the swims. The draw is done in the lodge & will be done by picking numbers out of the hat. If you pick number 1 – you have first choice of swims. If you pick number 8, you have last choice of swims.
How long does the journey take?
The journey is broken up into two parts. The ferry leaves the UK from Portsmouth on the Friday evening (approximate departure time is 23:00) and docks at Caen on the Saturday morning (approximately 6am). You then have a 2-hour drive in France from Caen to the Mayenne Region where you will arrive at the lake at (approximately) 9am.
Payments at the lake – do you accept Euros or Sterling?
We only accept payments in sterling at the lake and have no card facilities.
Where are your collection points?
- Portsmouth Ferry Point – The Ship & Castle Pub (90 Rudmore Square, Portsmouth PO2 8DR)
- Essex Angling Grays (7-8 Queensgate Centre, Grays RM17 5DF)
- Thurrock Services (Arterial Rd West Thurrock, Grays RM16 3BG)
- Clackett Lane Services (M25 Westbound Junction 5/6, Westerham TN16 2ER)
Can we self-drive?
No, we do not offer Self Driving packages to Flores. All our holidays are fully inclusive.
Can a non-angler come to Flores?
Everyone is welcome to Flores, but unfortunately due to the minibus only having 8 seats. Non-anglers are subject to the full price of £640pp.
Do you do a food package?
We certainly do!! All prices are inclusive of a food package, this includes breakfast which begins on Sunday morning (you can either have a cooked breakfast down in the lodge, or a breakfast baguette delivered to your swim). And then a two-course evening meal which can be served in the lodge or NEW FOR 2019 can be delivered to your swim.
What are the luggage restrictions?
There is a slight luggage allowance due to the minibus. All anglers are allowed 1x rod bag, 1x clothes bag, 1x bivvy, 1x holdall/rucksack, 1x personal bag & 1x sleeping bag.
What don’t I need to bring?
We supply unhooking mats, weigh slings, Bedchairs & day-chairs. Please do not bring your own as it will restrict available space on the minibus. All of the above equipment is refreshed on a six monthly/yearly basis.
What facilities do you have on site?
We have a purpose-built shower block, with 3 showers, 8 lockers, 2 basins all supplied with electricity and storage facilities. There is a snack shop on site for all essentials; crisps, chocolate, drinks and sandwiches. The on-site tackle shop is stocked with all essential tackle from Korda, Nash, Solar and Ridge Monkey. Freezers are also available for storing bait. And finally, we have a separate, purpose-built toilet block with 3 toilets & a wash basin.
Can my son/daughter come to Flores with me?
Yes, younger anglers are welcome at Flores, but we do have a minimum age of 14 years old.
Are there any double swims?
Yes, NEW FOR 2019 there is 2 Double Swims at Flores. One on each bank. For those that have visited Flores before and are familiar with the layout the double swim on the house bank has replaced swim 4 & 5 and is situated in the middle. And on the Forest bank the double swim has replaced swim 8 & 9 and is situated in the middle of this area.
My collection point is the Ship & Castle Pub – can I leave my vehicle here?
There is secure parking at the Ship & Castle. This is £50 for the week and it to be paid to the pub direct. Please note that they only accept cash. You are leaving your vehicle here at your own risk and Flores Carp Experience take no responsibility for any damage or theft of vehicles.
What are the Crayfish like?
Crayfish show their presence through the summer months so make sure you come prepared! It is safe to travel with Hard Hookbaits, Bait Wrap and spare terminal tackle.