Fly fishing at Frensham Trout Lakes

Frensham Trout Lakes

Exciting Trout fishing in a picturesque setting

The clear water Frensham Trout lakes at Churt on the Surrey / Hampshire border provide excellent Trout fly fishing all year round. 'Robinswood', as it is also called, is a series of six small to medium sized lakes interconnected by a stream. The stream provides well oxygenated clean water and ensures a healthy environment not just for the Trout but also for the food of the Trout. There are superb hatches of flies, including Mayflies, Caddis flies and Buzzers which means that both dry fly fishing and nymph fishing are excellent according to the season. This makes it an ideal fly fishing environment for both complete beginners to the art of fly fishing to learn and also competent experienced fly fishers to have an exciting and enjoyable day.

Frensham Trout lakes are situated to the south west of London just 25 miles from the M25 (junction 10 / M3) and just over 10 miles south west of Guildford. Facilities at the lakes include flushing toilets, picnic tables, a large hut, a barbeque and ample car parking. Non-fishers are welcome to visit to watch their friends fish and it is a very peaceful scenic setting to while away a few hours well away from the bustle of normal day to day south east living. Wildlife is abundant and rarely does a day pass without a sighting of a roe deer, fox, squirrel, rabbit, heron, kingfisher or buzzard.

Fly fishing at Frensham Trout Lakes

At Frensham Trout lakes Go Fly Fishing UK do 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 . Being mostly still water it is an ideal learning environment and Frensham gives 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.

Fish species / seasons

The main fish in the lakes are good sized hard fighting Rainbow Trout, although the lakes also contain many, mostly small, Brown Trout. The lakes are open throughout the year as there is no closed season in the UK for Rainbow Trout in lakes. In the warmer months the fish mostly swim near the surface and are easy to spot. This makes for exciting, if at times frustrating, fishing. In the cooler months of the year the fish swim deeper although they often show themselves by jumping. Surprisingly often the colder the weather the better the fish bite. Although it is during the warmer months that the dry fly fishing is excellent as the fish are mostly feeding on or close to the surface. A superb Danica Mayfly hatch takes place from late-April until early-June. Killing and taking home your catch is optional. You can if you want to but if you'd prefer to 'catch & release' and see them swim away happily then that's also fine.


It is not necessary to cast long distances at Frensham and a long rod and heavy line is a disadvantage. A 9 foot rod for a 5 or 6-weight rod floating line is ideal but a rod six inches shorter is almost as good. Our instructors will loan all the required fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. – or you can bring and use your own. Usually a 6lb breaking strain tippet is recommended because of the size and strength 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.


During the months from April to October dry flies and small buzzers fished on or close to the surface give the best chance of success. In the cooler months a deeply fished buzzer or lure/attractor fly is more likely to bring bites and fish. Keep an eye out for rising and jumping fish. Try to see what they are feeding on and adjust your technique, flies and fishing spot accordingly.

Go Fly Fishing UK have hosted over a thousand people at Frensham Trout lakes. Everybody loves it and the vast majority catch some good sized Trout. We do private fly fishing lessons of a full or half-day duration for from one to four people. We can also run Corporate fly fishing days at Frensham and it is possible to book the fishery for exclusive private use. One such successful Corporate fly fishing event was for Pizza Express.


All our fly fishing instructors are trained and licensed and hold nationally recognised fly fishing coaching qualifications. They can provide a local railway station collection and return service for fishers. Both tackle loan and our collection/return service are free included in our normal charge. Farnham is the nearest train station (almost exactly 60 minutes from London Waterloo).


A full day of private tuition for one person costs a total of just £199 (half-day £129). Prices are lower in the November to March season. The cost per person is considerably lower for groups of from two to four friends, relatives or colleagues. Check out our 'Fly Fishing Lessons' 'Prices - Tuition' web page for full details of all our prices and options. 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 Hampshire / Surrey area please click here. If you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in the Surrey / Hampshire countryside then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, each within a short distance of the fishing.

Contact Dave at our southern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location and date or to make a booking – telephone 07899 034728 or email

Happy Clients

"Dave, Thank you again for a wonderful day – beautiful location, patient teaching and plenty of fish. A wonderful sport and a great day. I better not kid myself that every day is like yesterday!"

Paul Schroeder, Middlesex - UK - Fly fishing tuition day, Frensham

"Thank you again for an incredible day, we really couldn't have asked for more fun or a better guide, and I'm pretty sure the bug has now bitten for both of us in a serious way (if you'll pardon the weak pun)."

Aubrey & Craig Price, London – Fly fishing tuition day, Frensham

"Thanks once more for a great day on Tuesday. Nick, Pete and myself thoroughly enjoyed our time at Frensham and we are the envy of our colleagues."

Nigel Aston and friends/colleagues, London – Fly fishing day, Frensham

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