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Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

Fly-fishing is an amazingly fun pass time. Getting out in nature to explore the waters on a nice summer’s day can rarely be beaten. So, with that in mind pack your lunch and your thermos because we are about to introduce you to some of the UK’s most amazing fly-fishing locations.

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash
Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

Dartmoor, Devon

Dartmoor national park stretches across huge amounts of moorland. Located in Southwest England, Dartmoor is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes. Described as magical, ancient and stunning you will find granite tors, deep woodland valleys with flowing rivers and vast open spaces.

Dartmoor ponies are a wonderful site, Well known for living semi-wild you will see herds spread all across the moors. More importantly to us though, Duchy Dartmoor Fishery is also located in and around Dartmoor – regarded as one of the best wild brown trout, sea trout, and salmon fishing locations in the UK.

There are eight recommended fishers within Dartmoor;

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

Variety is the name of the game in Dartmoor. You will find a mix of fast and slow running waters. Double and single bank plus picturesque scenery wherever you look. This alone, we are sure, could keep you busy for a full week.

Fishing seasons are;

Trout – 15th March – 30th September

Sea Trout – 15th March – 30th September

Salmon – 1st February – 30th September

  • Accessibility 5/5
  • Fish level 5/5
  • Fish activity 5/5

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

Please don’t forget you will need to purchase a permit before fishing.

https://westcountryangling.com/dartmoor-beats/?v=79cba1185463

River Tyne, Northumberland

Where the North Tyne and the South Tyne river meet to form the River Tyne. All three sections of the Tyne river are amazing fishing spots. The North and River Tyne also providing great course fishing. Overall you will find something to fish year-round.

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

The amazing thing about the River Tyne is that it was once known as a very polluted river, but has now managed to create a new image and reputation as the best salmon river in England and Wales.

Reservoirs help regulate the three rivers, Kielder reservoir at the head of the north Tyne has a major impact on river flow and releases from the reservoir make the river more fishable. You can keep up to date when releases are planned on the Tyne River Trust website.

In England and Wales, the Tyne has wildly become known as the best river system for Salmon and Sea trout, some say It is even starting to challenge some of the infamous Scottish rivers. The Rivers are full of quality fish.

Fishing season begins in February, with people happily catching on the first day. Spring fishing will prove fruitful with April and May being reported the best months. If you’re planning on an early season trip than the main Tyne river is where you want to be.

Gradually the numbers of fish entering the river increase quite healthily. From June onwards the whole river system is flowing with great fish and stays increasing through to July and August. The Tyne’s river also has a strong wild brown trout population.

Please don’t forget to check your fishing license is in date and respect any local laws. All of which can be found on the Tyne river trust website.

  • Accessibility 5/5
  • Fish level 5/5
  • Fish activity 5/5

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

https://www.tyneriverstrust.org/the-river/fishing/

Clettwr, Powys, Wales

Clettwr in welsh translates as ‘rough water’. This amazing, scenic and off the beaten track stream is a wonderful mix of gorges, riffles, pools and minor falls. The Clettwr stream runs off the slopes of Cefn Clawdd and enters the Wye at Erwood. It holds a good population of trout and has two foundation fish – passes.

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

This is a real mountain man escape and is well known as a challenging fish. Be prepared to trekking into the wilderness and we advise you travel light as some light climbing may be needed.

Clettwr is a Fly-fishing only spot so, you will likely run into people whom you can have a great chat about the days catch.

Be advised that the stream tumbles down a mountain slope in a typical gorge fashion, surrounded by steep sides and humongous trees. Whilst climbing the stream you may come across fallen trees you will have to navigate safely.

  • Accessibility 3/5
  • Fish level 4/5
  • Fish activity 5/5

Trout at numerous in this stream and with it being a rather secluded spot you likely won’t get any hikers and definitely not any bikers.

Typically, the trout in this lake are under 8” but reportedly put up a great fight.

Please don’t forget to check the local fishing laws.

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

https://www.fishingpassport.co.uk/fishing/ws-wye/clettwr

Lake Buttermere – Lake district

Lake Buttermere is set in the lake district national park. Surrounded by numerous other lakes and miles upon miles of beautiful scenic views. Located in North West England. The land is owned by the National Trust who work hard to maintain and nurture the scenic views.

The lake itself is over a mile long and you are also able to take boats out onto it. If you fancy some fly-fishing from your canoe in peaceful waters, then this is a great place for you.

Many of the rivers around the lake district hold fantastic stocks of brown trout, sea trout, and wild salmon. Some of the larger lakes are well known for pike and coarse fishing. There are plenty of fisheries throughout the Lake district

Lake Buttermere is mainly bank side fishing and you can fish for wild brown trout all day long, there is also some pike about.

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

  • Accessibility 5/5
  • Fish level 4/5
  • Fish activity 4/5

Other lakes in the Lake district great for fly- fishing are;

  • Loweswater
  • Derwentwater
  • The river Derwent
  • High Newton
  • Maryport Promenade
  • Grasmere
  • Ellerbeck Fishery

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

Please check the local fishing guides, most lakes in the Lake district offers year-round fishing.

https://www.visitcumbria.com/fishing-on-stocked-waters/

Esthwaite water, Trout fishery

We saved the best until last in our list of the best fly-fishing locations in the UK. Again, found in the Lake District Esthwaite water is a Trout fishery like no other. It is a beautiful natural 280-acre water with amazing fishing and boating facilities.

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

They regularly stock the huge lake with high-quality trout throughout the season. They cater to both the seasoned pro and the absolute amateur. The staff on site are very knowledgeable and are available to answer questions and to deliver lessons.

Amazingly, this lake is a hub of active fishing year-round. Throughout winter they offer pike fishing experiences of legend as well as coarse fishing. On-site, you will find a filled to the brim tackle shop and a guiding service as well as a café.

The largest rainbow trout caught there was 16lb 3oz

The largest brown trout caught there was 13lb 8oz

The largest pike caught there was a whopping 46lbs and 2oz!

  • Accessibility 5/5
  • Fish level 5/5
  • Fish activity 5/5

http://www.hawksheadtrout.com/facilities.html

Best Fly-Fishing Locations in the UK in 2019

There we have it. Five of the UK’s greatest fly-fishing locations. We hope this guide helped you to make up your mind when it comes to planning your next fishy adventure.

Have you been to any of these places? let us know what you thought in the comments. If there is anywhere else you prefer why not drop it in the comments below!

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