The rivers and streams available through the Peak Angling Passport scheme are small, challenging fisheries containing wild trout and in some beats the occasional grayling. Stealth is the most important tool in the angler's armoury; these fish will not tolerate a clumsy approach, so keep a low profile and step lightly. Where possible, the beats are probably best fished by careful wading; however some beats are too deep to wade, so take note of the advice in individual beat descriptions.
Rods of 8ft or less, rated for a #3 or #4 line, are best suited for these waters. Fly hatches include olives throughout the season, blue-winged olives in summer, olive uprights and brook duns (April and early May), Mayfly (late May and early June) and sedges. Useful fly patterns include imitations for the different life stages of the above insects, terrestrials (beetles, hawthorn fly), plus the ubiquitous klinks and hare's ears!
Short leaders can be an advantage on the more confined beats, and furled leaders with a short tippet can be useful for dry fly fishing. Don't ignore the wet fly - sparsely dressed spider patterns can be useful if fish are showing but refusing the dry fly. Nymph fishing can be productive, particularly the 'duo' rig.
Access & Wading
Always remember to keep gates closed, and give livestock a wide berth.
Fishing from the bank will be possible in places, but wading will often be required if you want to get the best out of the fishing. We try to indicate on the individual beat pages how difficult the wading will be, but it is the responsibility of anglers to be aware, plan accordingly and to take care with their own safety. Use waders with appropriate soles (not felt!), consider using a wading stick and maybe even a buoyancy aid.
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