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The Peak District is renowned for its fantastic fishing opportunities.  Whether you enjoy fly fishing or coarse fishing, angling in the rivers or still waters, lakes or canals, ponds or reservoirs, there are virtually as many choices as there are kinds of fishing here in the Peak District.  Beautiful scenery and inspirational surroundings make for the perfect backdrop to an excellent day of fishing.  Head out for an exciting day of angling or set yourself up for a nice, slow, relaxing day of fishing in the Peak District—whatever your preference, you can enjoy it here.

Rivers in the Peak District include the Derwent, the Lathkill, the Dove, and the Wye, fished by such as Izaak Walton of The Compleat Angler fame, and known as world famous fly fishing locales.  The River Wye contains rainbow and brown trout, and in some places, grayling.  The Derwent offers great fly fishing for trout and grayling, and farther down the river it is popular to engage in coarse fishing for barbel and chub. 

Lake fishing abounds in the Peak District, and some great fishing can be had at the many lakes which dot the scenic Peak District.  Barlow Farm Fishery, Foxton Dam, and Hardwick Hall are known for roach fishing; and Staveley’s Ireland Pit Pond is known for bream.  Visit Higham Farm, Stubbin Court, and myriad others if lake fishing is your preference.  Ladybower and Carsington Reservoirs also offer excellent fishing.

Many of the waters in the Peak District are held by large estates—Haddon and Chatsworth—or by clubs and associations, which means much of the fishing is only available on seasonal let.  However, more and more places are offering day tickets for occasional fishermen, so be sure to check the access and availability of the fishing locale of your choice.  The Derwent Reservoir at Ladybower is a coveted fishing spot, and day tickets are available here.  In fact, it is the only water in England where you can fish for brown trout on a day ticket.  Barlow and Press Manor have well-stocked trout lakes for fly fishing, and offer day tickets for coarse fishing, as well.  Fishing tackle shops are an excellent source of information regarding available fishing, seasons, and prices. 

Plan a fishing holiday to the Peak District, and book a Peak District accommodation which caters to fishermen.  Set yourself up in a country hotel, bed and breakfast, or cottage which is well situated for Peak District fishing, and enjoy the hospitality of well-informed hosts who will guide you to the best fishing.  Many independent operators run fly fishing holidays, fly fishing tuition, fly casting tuition, fly tying tuition, and guided fly fishing tours in the Peak District. 

The Peak District is one of Britain’s most beautiful, diverse, and yet accessible wilderness areas, filled with wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and history.  It is also one of the best places for fishing in all of the UK.  It matters not whether you are a seasoned angler or a first time fisherman—there is the perfect Peak District fishing experience waiting for you.  Visit the Peak District and have the fishing holiday of a lifetime.

Thu Jan 02 17:23:00 GMT 2014
Learn to Fly fish in the Peak District, South Yorkshire or anywhere for that matter and you will soon realise just how fascinating the sport is. Fly fishing gets you out into the fresh air. It takes you to some beautiful places. It gives you time off from life’s everyday cares & concerns - too much to think about with the fishing. It...

Thu Jan 02 08:45:50 GMT 2014
Learn to Fly fish in the Peak District, South Yorkshire or anywhere for that matter and you will soon realise just how fascinating the sport is. Fly fishing gets you out into the fresh air. It takes you to some beautiful places. It gives you time off from life’s everyday cares & concerns - too much to think about with the fishing. It...

Thu Nov 28 10:20:10 GMT 2013
Fly fishing Tuition at Chatsworth has certainly proved to be a success in more ways than one. It has given Fly fishers the chance to fish for winter Grayling, which many people don’t have access to. It has also fished its little socks off with everyone getting into some lovely, fin perfect, fish. The trick has been to get well...

Thu Nov 28 07:59:14 GMT 2013
Fly fishing Tuition at Chatsworth has certainly proved to be a success in more ways than one. It has given Fly fishers the chance to fish for winter Grayling, which many people don’t have access to. It has also fished its little socks off with everyone getting into some lovely, fin perfect, fish. The trick has been to get well...

Fri Nov 01 17:49:06 GMT 2013
Grayling fishing tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales & South Yorkshire has been nothing short of spectacular during October with all my clients getting into fish. November should continue the trend if the rain will stop long enough to let the rivers settle down to fishable levels. My advice for the River fisher would be...

Fri Oct 18 06:51:21 GMT 2013
Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire for River Trout is now almost at an end for another season. Still Water Fly fishers will continue to fish for stocked Rainbow Trout on many fisheries. If the weather allows it can be a good time to find a little peace and quiet as many anglers store their tackle away for next...

Sun Oct 13 09:13:08 GMT 2013
Peter Lax Fly fishing is delighted to announce that we are able to offer, on a strictly limited basis, the opportunity for our clients to Fly fish for Winter Grayling on the magnificent River Derwent at the Chatsworth Estate Fishery. This offer is exclusive to us and gives clients the chance to Fly fish on one of the finest fisheries in...

Tue Sep 10 06:40:53 GMT 2013
Fly Fishing Tuition in the Peak District & South Yorkshire has been a hectic affair over the last month or so. I think people have been making up for lost time at the start of the season. It’s hard to believe September is upon us already and the Trout Season will soon be at an end for another year. Now is not the time to be heavy...

Thu Jul 04 09:33:41 GMT 2013
Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire has been very busy during June, with both Rivers & Still Waters fishing well. July should continue the trend and if the weather stays warm it should encourages the fly life to remain active. Only the odd May fly is still emerging and the fish aren’t paying much...

Wed Jun 12 08:53:35 GMT 2013
Fly Fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire has been anything but predictable so far this season. Fly life seems to have been put back by about a month due to the cold and windy spring. I didn’t see the Hawthorne fly until the very end of May and it usually puts in an appearance around the end of April. That’s...

Mon May 20 09:49:35 GMT 2013
Fly fishing in the Peak District & South Yorkshire has been tough so far this season, but the fish are there to be had if you are prepared to venture out. The season started with low river levels & has now seen the rivers a little on the high side & coloured. The one constant feature though has been the cold & windy weather. Fly...

Thu Apr 25 06:42:02 GMT 2013
The Gentleman said – “I have rights to just a bit of River that runs at the bottom of the garden. Hardly anyone fishes it and it’s not stocked or anything but I guess it will do for what we want”. What I heard was – “I have fishing rights on a small section of exclusive wild Trout & Grayling water”...

Wed Mar 13 13:03:25 GMT 2013
Fly fishing in the Peak District & South Yorkshire is only 3 weeks away now. It’s an exciting time as we all wonder what the new season will have in store. Hopefully the weather will be kinder than last season and the Fly life and Fish will be plentiful. It’s time to go through your check list in readiness for the first day...

Mon Jan 07 10:49:14 GMT 2013
Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales & South Yorkshire takes you to some beautiful locations on both river & still water. I teach Casting, Fly fishing Techniques, Basic Entomology, Fly Choice, River Craft, Tackle & Set Up, but regardless of where I teach or what is to be included SAFETY is always one of the first...

Wed Nov 21 14:01:48 GMT 2012
Fly fishing Gift & Present ideas always seem very straight forward to me but my wife always says I am difficult to buy for.  The reason is – she doesn’t fish & I do. So for me any Fly tackle shop is like Toys R Us but for her it is all very bewildering. In the true spirit of Christmas I would like to offer some help &...

Wed Oct 31 12:32:05 GMT 2012
I offer Fly fishing tuition in the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District National Park & South Yorkshire during November usually for two distinctly different types of people. Firstly for the smart Fly fishers who want to use the quieter time to prepare & practice their skills in readiness for next season. Those who want to be able to cast...

Wed Oct 03 09:48:29 GMT 2012
Fly fishing tuition in the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District & South Yorkshire has been very brisk in September. Unfortunately the weather spoiled itself in the final week after what had been the best month of the season so far. I struggle to remember a wetter or more unpredictable season but early & mid September did come up trumps for the...

Wed Sep 26 10:12:13 GMT 2012
Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire for River Trout is almost at an end for another season. It ends in South Yorkshire on the 30th September but the Peak District has the benefit of another week until the 7th October on most waters. Still Water Fly fishing will continue for stocked trout on many fisheries so if the...

Fri Aug 31 08:56:00 GMT 2012
Fly Fishing in the Peak District National Park during September will hopefully be a little more predictable. So far we have had a lot of rain and unseasonably cool weather. It’s hard to believe that the last month of the Trout Season is upon us. Here’s hoping it will live up to expectations. September is usually a good month as the...

Mon Jul 30 09:57:45 GMT 2012
Fly Fishing in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in August can prove to be tricky. Fly fishing instruction requires a detailed knowledge of the water to be fished & its inhabitants. Learning to Fly fish isn’t just about learning to cast or having a vast choice of flies. It’s about being able to put the right...

Fri Jul 06 10:36:37 GMT 2012
Fly fishing in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire, you should see a great deal of fly life coming into play in July. If we do get anything like a summer this year then the month should be warm & mainly dry. The fly life will react to this by being more active in the cooler parts of the day, the morning & particularly in...

Fri Jun 22 09:13:34 GMT 2012
I love getting away from the crowds and off the beaten track.  It allows me to keep on top of my navigation skills but more importantly offers peace and tranquility and a feeling of being at one with nature.  This is my meditation, nothing but the natural sounds around me: a skylark singing on the breeze, a curlew calling my attention...

Thu Jun 14 07:42:49 GMT 2012
Fly fishing in Derbyshire, the Peak District, South Yorkshire or anywhere for that matter is about deceiving fish with an artificial fly. There is much confusion about what is meant by “Fly”. Just look in a Fly Tackle Shop and you will be amazed at what passes as a so called fly. River & Lake Flies are creatures that live for...

Wed Jun 13 09:05:38 GMT 2012
If you are in the Peak District this Summer and fancy learning the art of fly fishing then why not book yourself a days tuition with us on our Private section of River Derwent in Darley Dale. Because we own the fishing rights here, you will have this beautiful river all to yourself whilst your learn techniques for catching the wild brown trout and...

Fri Jun 08 10:01:27 GMT 2012
Fly Fishing in Derbyshire & the Peak District can be very good in the month of June. The Mayfly will still be around in the early part of the month to induce the Trout to give the vicious takes that are so exciting to the Fly fisher. This will gradually subside and then the fish will be well fed & far more choosey about what they are...

Tue May 29 19:02:50 GMT 2012
Learn to Fly fish in the Peak District on a stunning section of the beautiful River Wye with all tackle provided & Qualified Instructors & Coaches to help you along. All you have to do is turn up with a positive attitude, a picnic lunch, a hat & glasses - there must be a catch & indeed there was! In fact the youngsters who took...

Wed May 23 09:24:33 GMT 2012
Successful Dry Fly Fishing is partly down to getting the correct Fly Pattern on your leader but mainly down to correct Presentation of the Fly. Presenting a fly is about making it behave in the same way as the natural insect would. When Nymph fishing we need to put a natural movement into the nymph. When Dry Fly Fishing we usually need to take...

Mon May 14 10:42:28 GMT 2012
The month of May is a highlight in the Fly fisher’s calendar as waterborne flies start to emerge in ever increasing numbers. The Mayfly (Ephemera Vulgata & Danica) puts in an appearance any time from mid May to mid June and we enter a period classed as “the cream of fly fishing time”. The price of Day Tickets on the prime...

Fri Apr 13 13:16:18 GMT 2012
Snow and then rain have helped to boost water levels in both the rivers and lake here in the Peak District.   The Wye was looking good yesterday when I was with a client at Monsal Dale although there was just a tinge of colour which slowed down the Olive hatch meaning we fished nymphs more than we would have liked.   Let's hope...

Thu Apr 05 20:08:48 GMT 2012
I cannot remember the last time I had a days fishing with a Klinkhammer and didn't have a fish rise to my fly. This revolutionary fly was invented by Hans van Klinken in 1984. Hanns was fishing the Glomma river in Norway, chasing the huge Graying that the river is renowned for. Hans was trying to imitate the shape of the Caddis which he had...

Fri Mar 02 09:47:34 GMT 2012
Leap Year Day saw me looking over the wall at Ladybower Fishery which opens this weekend - members only on the 1st and 2nd March and the general Fishing Public on the 3rd. March.   Traditionally an early opening water this year finds it full again after a very low water period last year although the lack of recent rains even here in the...

Wed Feb 29 11:19:37 GMT 2012
Ladybower reservoir, in the heart of the Peak District Natioanl Park is one of the most stunning fly fishing venues in the UK. Built in the late 1930's  by flooding the villages of Ashopton and Derwent, Ladybower's water is supplied by the rivers Derwent and Ashopton which flow in to the reservoir. Opening day for fly fishing is the 1st...

Wed Feb 08 11:54:24 GMT 2012
Of all the places to fish, the river will always be closest to many anglers’ hearts.   Whilst on the still water or pond one can catch the same fish all year, on the river who knows what monster has slipped upstream during the recent high water!   The Derbyshire Derwent flows for half of its 66 mile course through the...

Mon Feb 06 11:44:30 GMT 2012
Bright sunshine today saw me on the banks of the river Derwent talking to a friend who fishes there.   It was great to see some water in the river again after the extreme low levels of 2011, even if it is still only about normal summer level.   I am hoping for some decent rains this month - 'February Filldyke'  as an old...

Wed Jan 25 09:56:07 GMT 2012
The popular fly fishing school, Peaks Fly Fishing, has announced that they will award one lucky person a free fly fishing course in the second most visited national park, The Peak District.  The competition is now open.   The Peak District, Derbyshire, 24th January, 2012: The second most visited national park in the world, The Peak...

Mon Jan 16 12:15:41 GMT 2012
David Johnson runs Peaks Fly Fishing, a fly fishing school operating in and around the Peak District. Peaks Fly Fishing is unique as it owns the fishing rights on a small private stretch of the river Derwent where customers can learn the art of fly fishing with the river all to themselves. David has 25 years experience fishing the streams and...

Mon Sep 12 09:37:12 GMT 2011
Wet and dry fly fishing opened Sunday 4th September at the new fishing lake at Peak District Spa. Excavation of the lake and the installation of the pond liner was completed last autumn with aquatic plants and fish allowed to settle in over the summer. About an acre in size, the lake is ideal for beginners learning to cast - or more...

Mon Aug 15 10:12:59 GMT 2011
July has been just as dry as the preceding months, with fishing getting harder and harder during the day on all the waters.   Fly hatches are sparse until the evenings but a sedge fished on the surface has picked off fish on the Wye and Press manor for various clients during the month.   Montana nymph is a favourite with...

Tue Jul 12 09:23:36 GMT 2011
Last time I raised hopes by mentioning the immanent Mayfly hatch.   Well, sadly this was a bit of a 'damp squib' this year pretty well throughout the Derbyshire area.   Most of the waters saw only sporadic hatches and these only lasted about a week or so.   Probably low water conditions have had a part to play in this...

Tue May 24 12:19:41 GMT 2011
  I have recently been to visit a newly available stretch of the Dove near Hartington.   This is the Beresford Dale beat which has on its banks the historic Walton/Cotton stone built fishing hut often referred to as the 'Temple'.  It is certainly unique as fishing rooms go and quite something to see.  The water is...

Mon May 23 08:58:18 GMT 2011
  The first two weeks in May have seen me both on the local stillwaters and the rivers again with visits to the Wye at Rowsley and Monsal Dale.   With the water levels very low and the weather patterns somewhat strange for this time of year, fishing is a little patchy at times but all my clients have caught fish.   Fly...

Tue May 03 12:51:11 GMT 2011
  April has seen me spending some time on the river Wye, both at Monsal Dale as well as lower down on the Peacock at Rowsley water.   As is normal for this time of year the main activity was around lunchtime with fish rising to sporadic hatches of small olives, with sport easing off by around 3.30pm meaning a relatively short...

Mon Mar 21 11:55:26 GMT 2011
  A bright sunny start to the season at Carsington saw every boat out on the water early.   There was a cold wind coming off the dam wall and this coupled with the bright sun will probably keep the fish fairly near the bottom in the shallower parts of the reservoir which is pretty normal on this water.   A number of...

Mon Mar 21 11:44:17 GMT 2011
The 18th March sees the river fly fishing season open on many waters, although some prefer to start a little later at the beginning of April.   I drove up to Buxton today passing along the river Wye in the process.  There was a good number of rods out for their first cast of the season in absolutely glorious sunny weather, even...

Thu Feb 24 14:09:51 GMT 2011
Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District under new management!   A report from Peak District Online Fishing Expert – Philip White   Ladybower Reservoir is opening for fishing under new Management on Tuesday 1st March 2011.   I spoke to David Smith today and he tells me he is working hard to get...

Tue Feb 22 15:44:21 GMT 2011
Another week that has started with foul weather affecting the rivers and any sensible chances of fly fishing.   Still that does not mean there is nothing to do.   Will be giving a talk and fly tying demo to Derby County Angling Club tonight.   This is one of the strongest Fishing clubs around and it has a wealth of...

Tue Feb 22 11:02:21 GMT 2011
Philip White APGAI - Your UK Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor at Peak District Fly Fishing.   I am a member of the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) and hold the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor (APGAI) qualification in all three disciplines, namely Trout and Seatrout(single handed casting), Salmon (double...

Wed Feb 16 07:35:58 GMT 2011
Crocus and Snowdrops are blooming in my front garden, a timely reminder that spring is just around the corner, even if more snow is ‘promised’ for the next few days. This tells me that I must get on with two things immediately. The first is to plan at least one trip after the ‘lady of the stream’, the grayling, before...

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