Fly Fishing in England

Discover your inner angler by fly fishing in gorgeous England

Fly Fishing in England

Fishing is one of the everyday activities found all around the UK; however, there are many differences. One technique to catch fish is fly fishing; here, the bait is presented on top of the water rather than in the water. The bait, which often looks like a fly, is nearly weightless and has a delicate look not to scare the fish. Because the bait lacks weight, anglers have to use a particular technique, combining casting and fly line set-up.

Due to the availability of superb Grayling river fishing and stocked Rainbow Trout lake fishing, great opportunities are available year-round in most parts of the UK.

There are loads of different fly fishing locations ranging from classic English chalk streams in the South of England to particular limestone rivers in the Yorkshire Dales. Opt for an adventure on your Private Tour of England.

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Here is a list of the top five fly fishing locations in England;

1. This place has a distinctive atmosphere that fly-fishers love and makes them come back for more. Devon's Dartmoor provides an ideal mid-moor base where people can explore miles of inviting streams full of fish. This place is known as one of the best wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing locations in the United Kingdom, offering a mix of fast and slow running waters.

Where to Stay
Nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park is the imposing Bovey Castle Hotel with a spectacular view across the moors and valleys. Enjoy the spa and the much-loved golf course. Bovey is ideal for families; the lodges provide comfortable and spacious accommodation. Bovey is only a 20-minute drive to the nearest fly fishing sites.

2. The River Tyne in Northumberland is one of those year-round fishing spots that hold the best salmon river's reputation in England. Here the fishing season begins in February, with April and May as the best months for a great catch.

Where to Stay
There are several decent chain hotels in Newcastle. But, to be part of a community in a rural area, check-in into the Lord Crewe Arms. The historic Inn dates back to 1165, constructed as a guest house for Blanchland Abbey. Since then, the Lord Crewe Arms has been upgraded and offers Nespresso coffee machines, huge baths, and seating areas in their larger rooms. The drive time to the River Tyne is around 25 minutes - plus the Roman site of Hadrian's Wall is a short hop. 

3. An unbelievable 280-acre natural lake with endless fishing and boating facilities is Esthwaite Water in the Lake District, the place for both seasoned pros and beginners, offering active fishing year-round.

Where to Stay
There are a plethora of fine hotels in England’s Lake District National Park, but our favourite is The Samling Hotel.  The location is superb, the restaurant is world-class, and the accommodation is luxurious. Esthwaite Water is a short hop across Windermere Ferry, avoiding a long round trip. 

4. The River Test is probably the most famous fly fishing river in the world. Associated with the innovative fly-fisherman F.M Halford. He developed bank or dry fishing method. The impact of which cannot be underestimated by the river fishing population of the world today. The River Test is around 40 miles in length and has a variety of options along its course. Expect Atlantic brown trout and salmon downstream.

Where to Stay
There are many hotel options when fly fishing the River Test. The cathedral city of Winchester is within casting distance of various fishing sites. Lainston House Hotel is a large English style country house hotel with lavish rooms, on-site cookery school and country pursuits. The classic English hotel is a very short drive to fishing locations.

Alternatively, check in to our favourite hotel in the south, Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa. Famous for its family tree-houses accommodation and top-notch services and facilities. The drive to the River Test is a little further but worth it. 

5. Cornwall is one of those places that has something to offer for everyone. In this region, the possibilities are endless. Innis Fly Fishery in the heart of the Cornish countryside offers rainbow trout that is stocked weekly in the three lakes.

Where to Stay
The elegant Hotel Tresanton is ideal for sea-fishing and fly fishing in England. Although the fishing village of Fowey has several upmarket options; such as Fowey Hall, a Victorian mansion overlooking the harbour. It may well have Victorian origins, but the 21st century upgrade makes the whole experience much more pleasant. 

Alternatively, stay in an old Captains house; Hormond House, another Victorian house with simpler Georgian architectural lines – a posh B&B in Polruan opposite Fowey.

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