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Fishing or angling in Derbyshire and the Peak District

There is a wide variety of fishing opportunities in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. The rivers of the Derbyshire Peak District, the Wye, the Dove, the Lathkill, the Derwent and others are world famous as the historic home of fly fishing, and have been fished by countless thousands since and before the days when Izzac Walton and Charles Cotton roamed these parts. More southerly the lower reaches of the river Derwent and the river trent offer coarse fishermen much game. Aside from the rivers there are numerous gravel pits, ponds, lakes and resevoirs to try out.

Many of the Derbyshire Peak District waters are controlled by the large estates of Haddon and Chatsworth and by clubs and associations so much of the fishing is on a seasonal let, though day tickets can be obtained on some waters.

The river Wye, despite it's short length of 15 miles passes through some of the finest scenery in the Peak District and contains a good head of both rainbow trout and brown trout, and in it's lower reaches, grayling. The Wye is most famous for it's naturally breeding population of rainbow trout.

The river Derwent flows south from Ladybower reservoir towards Derby, through some very fine scenery. The upper reaches make for some good fly fishing with plenty of trout and grayling, whilst as the river runs down below Matlock an increaing number of coarse fish are to be found including barbel and chub. The river Trent has lost some of it's popularity but good catches can still be had at Swarkestone.

Good lake fishing can be had at many locations including, Staveley's Ireland Pit Pond, notable for bream, Holme Brook Valley at Newbold and Ringwood. Others can be found at Barlow Farm Fishery, Foxton Dam, Hardwick Hall for roach fishing, Higham Farm, Stubbin Court near Wingerworth, Harlesthorpe Dam at Clowe. Two other excellent reservoirs to fish situated near Ripley are Butterley and Codnor Reservoir. Butterley is renowned for it's bream shoals whilst Codnor holds some very large carp.

Fly fishing is not confined to the rivers. Ladybower and Carsington Reservoirs make good fisheries with day tickets more readily available than on some of the best river stretches.

Canal fishing is also popular in Derbyshire with the Peak Forest Canal to the north of the County and the Trent and Mersey canal and the Erewash Canal to the south. Some of the 'best' spots to be found on the Trent and Mersey are at Acre Lane, Shardlow, Swarkestone Lock and Stenson for chub during the summer. The Erewash some very large carp as well as lots of quality chub and roach, whilst the Peak Forest canal offers some good perch and roach fishing.

External Links:

My Angling Life - Blog on Fly Fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District

Fly Fishing at Carsington

Longford Fishery - Longford Fishery started 10 years ago and now consists of 6 lakes. The fishery provides a mixture of pleasure and match angling of carp and silver fish on new and established waters. There are plenty of car parking spaces around all the pools, with spaces right next to plenty of pegs.

The hut was renovated in 2010 and now has a cafe open at the weekends serving hot and cold food and drinks there are also ladies' and gents' toilets at the rear of the hut.

Day Ticket Costs 2011 Adults: 6, 4 per subsequent rod OAP / Disabled: 5, 3 per subsequent rod
For more information please see our website

For Membership of the preserved waters of the Cromford fly -fisher's Club contact

The Derby Railway Angling Club The Derby Railway Angling Club has extensive fishing rights in Derbyshire for both coarse fishing and fly fishing. Including the rivers Trent, Dove, Derwent and Ecclesboune, and six still waters.

Angling in Barlow

Derbyshie County Angling Club

Hayfield Angling Clun


Fishing tackle shops in the Peak District and Derbyshire area

Derbyshire Fishing Flies
82, Heathway
Tel: 01283 813734

Fly Fishing Shop
3a Hebden Court, Matlock St
Tel: 01629 813531

Alfreton Angling Centre
11, Park St
Tel: 01773 832611

Nathan's Of Derby
9-19, Edgeware Rd
Tel: 01332 523630

Traditional Angling Products Ltd
55 Bearwood Hill Road
Burton on Trent
Staffordshire DE15 OJR New
Tel:01283 569444
Web site:

Tackle Box
323, Somercotes Hill
Tel: 01773 602985

Clay Cross Angling
51, High St
Clay Cross
Tel: 01246 861888

Melbourne Tackle & Gun
64, Church St
Tel: 01332 862091

Stephen Woolley
The Woodyard, Belle Vue Rd
Tel: 01335 300095

Anglers Corner
344, Osmaston Rd
Tel: 01332 343870

Lathkill Tackle Unit 11, Unity Complex Dale Rd North
Darley Dale Matlock
Tel: 01629 735101

Derwent Tackle
2a, Station Rd Borrowash
Tel: 01332 662379

Artisan Angling
141, London Rd
Tel: 01332 340981

Chesterfield Angling Centre
34, Chester St Brampton
Tel: 01246 208710

Belper Tackle
37, Bridge St
Tel: 01773 822525

The Bridge Shop
39, High St
Measham Swadlincote
Tel: 01530 272864

Bacchus & Rhone
129, High St
Tel: 01283 216870

Leegem Angling Centre
81 Premier House, Sheffield Rd
Tel: 01246 559480

Rod & Line Tackle
17, Nottingham Rd
Tel: 01773 749545

Angling Centre Derby
27-33, Nightingale Rd
Tel: 01332 380605

Corner Tackle
1, Bolsover Rd
Tel: 01246 823177

Taylor's Tackle
136, Cotmanhay Rd
Tel: 0115 930 1610

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