Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District on the River Wye

The Derbyshire Wye

A unique English Fly Fishing River

The Derbyshire Wye is certainly one of the very best Trout fly fishing rivers in England. It flows through extremely scenic Derbyshire Dales countryside and being a limestone area the water is highly alkaline and of excellent quality, consequently the insect life and fly hatches are absolutely top class. Expert entomologist Stuart Crofts maintains that at the moment it is indeed the best river in the UK for fly life. The river starts near Buxton and flows through the lovely old market town of Bakewell before joining the River Derwent at Rowsley. It is a reasonably small river and offers outstanding fly fishing opportunities.

Derbyshire Wye Wild Rainbow Trout

The Derbyshire Wye has an excellent stock of wild Brown Trout and Grayling but is perhaps most famous for its wild Rainbow Trout, reputedly it’s the only river in the UK with a natural stock of breeding Rainbow Trout. The Rainbow Trout have been in the river for well over 100 years and are some of the most beautiful Rainbow Trout you will ever see....and whilst they are mostly of a normal size (10” – 18”) they have been caught in recent years up to 10lbs in weight.

Go Fly Fishing UK are able to offer guided fly fishing days and fly fishing tuition days on several excellent beats of the River Wye. The Derbyshire Wye is within very easy reach of the cities of Sheffield, Manchester, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. All the best accessible fishing on the river is within about five miles of Bakewell town. In fact there is excellent Trout and Grayling fly fishing right in the town itself. Note that we do not provide just day rod beat access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Fish Species / Seasons

The Derbyshire Wye contains large numbers of wild Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Grayling (below Bakewell) with all running to good sizes. Trout fishing on the Derbyshire Wye starts on 18th March and ends on 7th October. Grayling fishing is from 16th June until 7th October.


A rod between 8 and 9 feet for a 4-5 weight line (floating) would be suitable for most beats. Shallow wading is allowed at some locations and not at others (but this is no disadvantage).


Fish on the Derbyshire Wye respond to most methods with upstream dry fly or nymph taking most fish. Some beats are dry fly only but because fly hatches are so prolific this is usually not a problem. Whilst a 'match the hatch' approach is often best the Rainbow Trout can often be caught on a stimulator pattern like a Royal Wulff or Yellow Humpy. The Wye has a very good hatch of Ephemera Danica Mayflies (Green Drake) from around end-May to around end-June.


Hiring the services of one of our experienced Derbyshire Dales fly fishing guides will without doubt maximise your chances of finding and catching fish. All tackle, including waders and flies, can be supplied or if you prefer you can bring your own. Our guides can also provide a local accommodation collection and return service. If you would like to make your fly fishing part of a short break or holiday in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales we can advise on the best accommodation options. These include 4 star hotels, country house hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts each within a short distance from the fishing.


Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Dales is great value. Although we charge £15 per person more for a day on the Derbyshire Wye than at most other locations this is still a very low price when compared to a similar quality of fishing on the Hampshire chalkstream rivers. Click here to go directly to our guided day price list.

Contact Steve at our northern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location or to make a booking - telephone 01756 748378 / 07717 533177 or email

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