5 top uk fishing spots

Whether you are looking for a new location for your next fishing holiday or are planning your very first fishing trip, here are our recommendations for some of the best places to go fishing in the UK.


Rutland Water #2 - flckr - ~Duncan~Rutland Water, Leicestershire
Rutland Water is a reservoir and nature reserve managed jointly by Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. It has been designated as a 'site of special scientific interest' and many different wildlife species can be spotted here, including ospreys - who like us, love Rutland Water for its fish.

You can fish from the bank, or take a boat out to the deeper areas. Here you'll find rainbow trout, brown trout, roach, bream, pike, zander and carp. Cottages in Leicestershire.


River Test, Hampshire - flckr - Mike CattellThe River Test, Hampshire
The 40-mile long River Test is one of England's 'chalk stream' rivers (along with the rivers Kennet, Itchen, Wylye and Lambourn). This type of river is rich in minerals and has a high alkaline environment and clear water which gives ideal fishing conditions.

Many people say that the River Test provides the best fly fishing in the world. A particularly good time to enjoy a fishing holiday on the River Test is when the Mayfly is hatching - generally from late April to late June.

Did you know? The River Test features in Richard Adams' novel Watership Down. Holiday accommodation in Hampshire.


River Derwent at Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England, Oct. 2009 - flckr - PhillipCThe Lake District
The clue is in the name really. With a staggering selection of lakes, tarns and rivers, the Lake District really is an angler's paradise and you can easily enjoy a short break or longer fishing holiday here.  

The larger lakes including Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston provide good fishing opportunities but if you want to find somewhere away from the crowds, try exploring some of the smaller tarns.

For river fishing there's the rivers Eden, Derwent and Greta. You'll find trout in all three but if you'd like to try catching salmon, stick to Eden and Derwent - they are reputed to be two of the best rivers in England and Wales for salmon fishing. The Lake District holiday homes.


whitby harbour - flckr - steve p2008Whitby, North Yorkshire
England's rivers and lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities but if you'd like to cast your line a little further, why not try fishing out at sea?

For beginners and expert fishermen alike, Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast is a good choice for a fishing trip.

Charter a boat with a skipper who will instruct you and help you find the fish and you might catch pollock, ling, or mackerel.

After a day of fishing, relax in one of Whitby's many pubs, restaurants and cafes. This pretty fishing town also has an abbey and is famous for being one of the settings of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Whitby holiday cottages.


The River Severn, Wales - flckr - kasperbsWelsh Rivers
The valleys of south, north and mid-Wales provide some excellent locations for fishing holidays in Wales.

For trout fishing, try the River Usk which is famous for being the best brown trout river in Wales. Alternatively visit the rivers Severn, Taff, Wye or Dee for grayling and salmon.

With the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Cambrian Mountains close by, a fishing holiday in Wales will be full of opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.  Holiday cottages in Wales.


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Blog Comments

5th June 2011 Peter Cotterill wrote:

10 of us have just returned after a two day (1st & 2nd June 2011) fishing excursion to Lymington. We booked a boat called Voyager and the skipper is Kevin Duell (has a web site) absolutely fantastic and we have fished all over the UK. Kevin knows his marks, fish to target, real genuine guy and great boat. We will go back, but if you want a charter in this area you will go a long way to find anything better than this.


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