River Hamps - Fold Farm
Tokens - 2
Extent of fishing
550 metres, East bank
How to get there:
From the Leek to Ashbourne road (A523) take the B5053 North to Onecote. Dropping down the bank into Onecote you will go past the Jervis Arms pub on the left at the bottom, and across the bridge over the River Hamps. Past a row of houses on the left, you can now see Fold Farm on the left. Take the second of the two entrances which are close together, and you are in the farm yard.
Parking is in Fold Farm front yard. Park either on the immediate right of the road entrance next to the stone garage, or directly opposite the entrance in front of the farm building under the basketball hoop.
The box is at head height on your right as you pass through the back yard. It is attached on a large block building to the left of the big sliding doors.
Access to the river:
From the front yard take the track in the left hand corner next to the bungalow. This will take you through the back (main) yard and between several large sheds, one on the left being newly built. A cattle track in front of you leads out to the pasture. The river is now down on your left, and fishing starts where the fence line crosses the river behind a big oak tree.
Compact tackle a necessity particularly when fishing the upper section. The going is not easy, especially when trying to get a line into some of the better pools, but the crafty fisher should not struggle too much. Fish are likely to be small but previous EA surveys suggest that there are some surprises waiting in the deeper water.
This beat is limited to one angler at a time, unless fished by two friends who arrive and
fish together. Please go to another beat if an angler is already fishing on your arrival.
Fly only, Brown Trout only, catch and release. Barbless hooks, size 10 maximum.
Trout season runs from 18th March to 7th October.
Peak Passport seasons may be shorter than the national seasons, allowing the angler to fish when the rivers are showing their full potential while allowing time for maintenance and improvement work.