Fly fishing at Blenheim Palace Trout Lake

Blenheim Palace Trout Lake

Set in amazing landscaped parkland

Note that this Cotswolds location is currently not available for Trout fly fishing but it may be in the future

The picturesque Woodstock Park provides a unique setting for trout fishing and its rolling landscape and Bladon Lake were created by ‘Capability’ Brown. Blenheim Palace is located in Oxfordshire just seven miles north west of Oxford and within easy reach of London. Described as a stillwater but it is actually a slow flowing river with a lot of natural fly activity and the most peaceful and picturesque river bank as you would find anywhere. The lake complex extends to 21 acres of water with a bank length of one mile and is split into 4 beats known as Rough Piece, Bladon, The Lince and The Gardens. All these beats can be fished although The Gardens can only be fished after 5pm.

At Blenheim Palace Go Fly Fishing UK do Trout fly fishing lessons for complete beginners and improvers tuition for people who can already fish but want to improve their technique and increase their catches. It is an ideal learning environment giving everybody a very good chance of catching some good sized Trout during their tuition. Note that we do not provide just day rod access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Blenheim Palace is home to the Duke & Duchess of Marlborough. If you have time you should visit the palace, arguably Britain’s greatest palace. Within it you can see the State Rooms filled with examples of superb craftsmanship and treasures collected over the last 300 years. And outside you can visit the Formal Gardens, unrivalled anywhere in Britain.

Fly fishing at Blenheim Palace Trout Lake

Fish species / seasons

The waters contain good conditioned Rainbow Trout weighing up to 8lbs together with a few Brown Trout. The fishery is open all year round (except Christmas Day). On a full day booking up to four Rainbow Trout can be taken for eating or one fish on a half-day. The lakes fish well in winter and summer. In a warm dry summer sometimes the lakes close because of excessive weed growth.


A 9 foot rod for a 6-weight floating line is ideal for Blenheim. Our instructors will loan all the required fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. – or you can bring and use your own. Tackle loan is free included in our normal charge. Usually a 6lb breaking strain tippet is recommended because of the size and strength of some of the Trout. Beginners might opt for an 8lb line in dull weather conditions but in bright conditions in the summer months it might be necessary to go down to a 5lb breaking strain fluorocarbon tippet to increase the frequency of bites. Make sure you have a decent sized landing net, preferably with an extending handle, and a pair of polarised sunglasses.


Top flies for Blenheim include Diawl Bach’s, assorted Buzzers, Bloodworm flies and Cats Whiskers. Use a very slow retrieve or for Buzzers and Diawl Bach’s no retrieve at all. And make sure you cast under the trees and near to the reeds as the fish often swim close to them. If you can see that there are Trout active near the surface then for dry flies try Hoppers, Shuttlecocks and Sedgehogs.

If you can see where the main current is then make sure you fish your flies in, down and through the current as the fish often like to lie in the flow and move up and down it.


All our fly fishing instructors are trained and licensed and hold nationally recognised fly fishing coaching qualifications. We do private fly fishing lessons of a full or half-day duration for from one to four people. Blenheim is also a superb prestige location for corporate fly fishing days.


Check out our 'Fly Fishing Lessons' 'Prices - Tuition' web page for full details of all our prices and options. Loan of all the necessary fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. is included in our price as is the fishing permit for the location, your one day fishing rod licence and, if required, local accommodation or railway station collection/return. A full day of private fly fishing tuition for one person in the April to October season costs a total of £199 (half-day £129). Prices are lower in the November to March season and the cost per person is significantly lower at all times of the year for groups of two to four friends, relatives or colleagues. Note that we do not provide just day rod access to fish without a guide/instructor.

For more detailed information about the non-fishing highlights of the Cotswolds area please click here ». If you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in the Cotswolds countryside then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts.

To book your fly fishing lesson or guided day in Cotswolds with Go Fly Fishing UK or to ask for more information please telephone 07899 034728 or email us at

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