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This page is dedicated to the fishing men and women of the Peak District. There are lots of areas wild and also man-made ones, where fishing in the Peak District is a pleasure. Whatever ability and how seriously you take the sport, there are lakes and rivers crystal clear filled to bursting with trout and fisheries who allow permit fishing to take home a tasty meal for tea. 
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Discover Tenkara at Upper House Hayfield Upper House offers immersive weekend introductions to Tenkara, the traditional form of Japanese mountain fly fishing. The UKs principal Tenkara guides, Paul Gaskell and John Pearson from Discover Tenkara will guide you through the philosophy, the equipment, the unique fly tying and the practical application of this successful and fascinating technique, in the mountain streams of Kinder in the Peak National Park. After a comprehensive...
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Discover Tenkara at Upper House Hayfield
  Bakewell, Derbyshire   The rain which we spoke of in the December Prospects has hardly let up and the river angler has been doing well to catch anything like reasonable conditions. It seems the river Dove has been a little more fishable than say the Wye or Derwent at times, but, by and large fishable days have been hard to find. Still, knowledge comes with experience, and some good knowledge can come from negative experiences, but the last Wednesday in December...
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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 down to the fish with heavy case less caddis type patterns. This is the norm during the colder months and December fishing is likely to...
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Hints & Tips December 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 – don’t be in such a hurry to put the tackle away for winter. If you have access to Grayling fishing then don’t waste it. If...
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Hints & Tips November 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 season. Hatches of flies will be spasmodic but will still occur in the warmer parts of the day. Don’t forget your Terrestrial Patterns...
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October Hints and Tips
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 hearted though as September can be a cracking month. Trout should be feeding well in order to put on some weight before their breeding season and...
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September Hints & Tips
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 attention. It is normal to get a bit of a lull after the Mayfly period, as the fish are usually full to bursting and starting to get a...
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Fly Fishing in The Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in July
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 how it got its other name the Saint Marks Fly – Saint Marks Day being the 25th of April. The Mayfly is just starting to emerge but...
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June Hints & Tips
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 hatches have been sparse and insect life generally seems to be on hold at the moment. When Fly have come off a few fish have obliged and...
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HINTS & TIPS – MAY
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” - this was going to be interesting! It was just before Christmas last year & I was contacted by a chap wanting to buy his Dad an...
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Fly Fishing News
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 out: -    Renew your E.A. License. -    Check the Waders have no obvious holes in them. ...
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Fly Fishing News
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 things I cover. Be it Still Water or River it can be a potentially dangerous environment and we should always treat it with the greatest...
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Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District on SAFETY
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 & guidance for those who struggle for ideas for the Fly fisher in their lives. The ideas are suitable for all Fly fishers whether they are...
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Fly Fishing Gift & Present Ideas
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 longer distances, achieve greater accuracy, present a fly more delicately. When I was preparing to take my Game Angling Instructors...
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Fly Fishing Hints and Tips for November
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 Fly fisher. The Rivers & Still Waters fished well with some excellent catches of both Trout & Grayling. Much of the action has been...
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Fly Fishing in September was a Brisk Month
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 weather allows it then you can still get some Fly fishing in over the autumn and winter period. Hatches of flies will be less prolific but...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips for October
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 Trout should be feeding well in order to put on some weight before their breeding season. We need to make the most of this month & the...
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Fly Fishing - September Hints and Tips
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 imitation fly in the right place and present it in such a way that it looks real to the fish. If the weather continues to be more...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
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 the evening. When Fly fishing on Stillwater or River we should plan to take advantage of this and be there in the morning or evening. Fly...
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Fly Fishing in The Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in July
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 almost all of their lives underwater as Nymphs or Larvae. When we use imitations of these we are “Wet Fly or Nymph” fishing. ...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
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 grayling that frequent the weedy shallows and deeper pools. You will learn specific casting techniques to enable you to fish wet flies,...
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Fancy the river all to yourself?
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 prepared to take. The Blue Winged Olive (BWO) is a bread and butter fly at this time and always worth having in your fly box. Remember...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
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 part in the Salmon & Trout Association (South Yorkshire Branch) Junior Day made quite a few catches of beautiful Brown & Rainbow...
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Peak District Fly fishing Magic
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 movement, or drag, out of the equation, although there are times when it is required. It goes without saying that a Dry Fly should Float but...
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DRY FLY TIPS
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 fisheries also starts to emerge in increasing numbers. The Mayfly time is short and unpredictable so if you intend to treat yourself be...
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Fly Fishing – Magic May?
My name is Peter Lax and I am a Professional Game Angling Instructor qualified at GAIC Level for Game Angling Techniques with a Single Handed Rod. I am also a UKCC Licensed Level 2 Game Angling Coach. I offer Fly-fishing Lessons, tuition, coaching & guiding in and around North East Derbyshire & South Yorkshire.   If you would like to learn to fly fish but not sure how to get started, then why not try my:- Introduction to Fly Fishing Lessons (River or Small...
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Peak District Fishing - Peter Lax - Derbyshire
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 that levels remain good from now.   Talking of levels, the reservoirs have received a welcome boost from recent snow and rain and...
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Water Levels Boost with Recent Snow and Rain.
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 observed when cleaning Grayling for the pot. From experience fishing the river, he knew that fish liked taking insects in the surface film in the...
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The Brilliant Klinkhammer.
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 High Peak, normally a pretty wet area, could spell level problems again this year.   Hope I am wrong.   The weather is...
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Leap Year Day at Ladybower Fisheries
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 March for season ticket holders and the 3rd of March for day tickets. This extensive water can be fished either from the bank or by boats...
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Ladybower Prepares For Opening Day 2012
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