Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District

The Derbyshire Peak District

The southern part of the Peak District National Park is known as the Derbyshire Dales. This is a mainly limestone area and as such its main rivers – the Derbyshire Wye, Derwent and Dove – are fly rich waters delivering superb fly fishing. The Derbyshire Wye (which flows through the lovely small town of Bakewell) contains a particularly large head of fish. As well as Brown Trout and Grayling it is unique in the UK in having a large population of natural-breeding wild Rainbow Trout.  These have been here since 1890.  The River Derwent flows down past Chatsworth House to join the River Wye at Rowsley.

In Derbyshire there are also some excellent stillwater Trout fly fisheries such as Carsington Water (between Ashbourne and Matlock), Yeaveley Estate lakes (near Ashbourne), Barlow lakes (near Chesterfield) and Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).

Go Fly Fishing UK offer guided fly fishing days and fly fishing tuition days at all the locations mentioned above.

Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District

Over the past seven years Go Fly Fishing UK co-proprietor Dave Martin had a number of superb days fly fishing on the Derbyshire Wye in and around Bakewell.  He has usually caught beween 10 and 20 Trout per day and a few Grayling.  This has included many wild Rainbow Trout (up to around 2lbs 8oz), many wild Brown Trout (up to nearly 4lbs) and some Grayling (up to nearly 2lbs). He has mainly fished on the Haddon Estate beats but also on the Cressbrook & Litton Flyfishers Club water (pictured to the right).  Despite fly fishing for nearly 40 years Dave views these days as some of the most enjoyable days fly fishing he has ever had.  In 2011 and 2010 Dave stayed at the excellent ‘The Haven’ bed & breakfast (  This is situated less than a five minute walk from the river and from the centre of Bakewell.  In 2016 Dave stayed at ‘The Peacock’ hotel at Rowsley   ( which is a very special place to stay and to eat and Go Fly Fishing UK clients staying at 'The Peacock' can also be guided on the nearby River Derwent.  In other years Dave stayed at local farm self-catering cottages of which there are many good ones in the area, making it an ideal place for family and friends holidays and short breaks.  Guided Grayling fishing days are available on the River Dove.     

The area has strong connections to fishing history. Izaak Walton, author of "The Compleat Angler" (1653) lived at Shallowford, near Stone and you can visit his house there which is now a museum. The thatched, half-timbered cottage gives a fascinating insight into the history of angling and the life of a writer whose work remains ‘a unique celebration of the English countryside.’ Wander through the historic rose and herb garden or enjoy the heritage events which are held there regularly. Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton are also thought to have fished the River Dove and the river is mentioned in the "The Compleat Angler".

Other non-fishing information

The Peak District offers excellent walking in stunning countryside scenery and there are interesting towns to visit such as Bakewell, Matlock, Ashbourne and Buxton. As well as the magnificent Chatsworth House and gardens the area also boasts Haddon Hall and rose garden, set right on the banks of the River Wye. The major cities of Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Birmingham are all within easy traveling distance of the main Derbyshire fly fishing locations.

Accommodation in Derbyshire, ideal for fly fishers, varies from top-class country house hotels to friendly B & B’s and self-catering cottages.  We can advise you of the best accommodation options to meet your wishes that are conveniently situated for your chosen fly fishing location.


A full day of for one person costs a total of from £169, depending on the season and exact location.  The cost per person is lower for groups of from two to four friends, relatives or colleagues. Check out our 'Fly Fishing Lessons' 'Prices - Tuition' and our  'Guided Fly Fishing' 'Prices - Guided' web pages for full details of our prices and options. Note that we do not provide just day rod access to fish without a guide/instructor.

To book a fly fishing day with Go Fly Fishing UK or to ask for more information please telephone 01756 748378 or email us at

"A big thank you for your time, help and encouragement last Friday, both Ted and myself had a great day. Thanks for putting a lot more time in with Ted, he had a great time and spent Friday night talking about the day."
Phil Taylor - Tuition day Yeaveley.

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