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Ampney Brook

The Ampney Brook is a small tributary of the Thames that rises just a couple of miles north-east of Cirencester and enters the Thames downstream of Cricklade.

It contains a large population of wild brown trout, some of which are of a surprisingly good size.

The water is generally clear and a stealthy approach is needed.

You will find it easier to fish with a short rod (7’6” max) and chest waders.

No guests allowed and all fish to be returned.

 River Churn 

The River Churn rises at Seven Springs, three or four miles south of Cheltenham, and is our most westerly trout fishing. It flows south-east passing through the villages of Colesbourne, Rendcomb and North Cerney before flowing through the middle of Cirencester. Below Cirencester it passes through Siddington, South Cerney and the Cotswold Water Park before joining the Thames at Cricklade. 

The river generally runs clear being mostly fed by limestone runoff, although it does run across some areas of mudstone and sandstone. It has a good stock of wild trout throughout. There are a few coarse fish in the river lower down.

It has a good mayfly hatch. The Churn is a relatively small stream and the fish are not huge so a small brook rod of perhaps 7’6” at most and a light line (#2 to #4) would be the weaponry of choice. Waders can be useful in places.

 River Coln

The River Coln is the best known of the Cotswold trout streams and we have access to six different stretches of the river.

The river rises above Andoversford on the Cotswold escarpment and flows through one of the most beautiful valleys in Gloucestershire. It passes through the tourists’ favourite Cotswold beauty spot Bibury and the smaller villages of Coln St Aldwyns and Quenington before reaching the market town of Fairford. From there it heads south-east, joining the Thames about a mile above Lechlade. 

The water was historically gin clear and is still usually clear enough to stalk individual fish. It has relatively good fly life with early season hatches of LDOs and grannom and a good mayfly hatch.

Some of our fisheries on the Coln have supplementary stocking of trout but all contain wild trout of a good size and some grayling

River Dikler

As well as being the name of a famous racehorse, the Dikler is a lovely spring-fed wild trout stream that rises above Donnington brewery before flowing through Upper and Lower Swell and eventually joining the Windrush just below Bourton-on-the-Water. 

Fly life is excellent and this stream offers great dry fly fishing for beautifully marked and free-rising wild trout.

 River Glyme

The Glyme is a tributary of the River Evenlode. It rises near Chipping Norton and is joined by the Heythrop Stream above Enstone and the River Dorn at Wootton (at the top end of our fishing). It then flows through water meadows into Woodstock where it feeds the ornamental lakes of Blenheim Palace. Below Blenheim the river flows into the River Evenlode near Bladon.

The Glyme is not particularly fast flowing but is renowned for its prolific mayfly hatch and while it is a small stream it has produced some specimen trout over the years.

River Leach

The River Leach is a small stream that rises above Northleach and enters the Thames at Lechlade. It is an interesting river, flowing almost entirely over limestone and disappearing underground for part of its course in the summer.

It runs very clear and has a tremendous stock of wild trout and good fly life. We have access to two stretches between Southrop and Lechlade.Again, this is small-stream fishing for spooky wild trout and a stealthy approach and light tackle are essential.

Sherborne Brook

The Sherborne Brook is a spring-fed tributary of the Windrush that has excellent water quality and rich insect life. It flows through water meadows on the National Trust’s Sherborne Estate and is blessed with wonderful wildlife.

It is best fished by wading with a small rod and light tackle. Wild trout are plentiful and the club has been working on restoring the grayling population

River Windrush

The Windrush is one of the major Upper Thames tributaries, draining many of the Cotswolds’ most picturesque valleys. It rises in the limestone hills above Temple Guiting and flows south to Naunton and Bourton-on-the-Water where it is joined by the Dikler and its tributary the Eye before flowing on to Burford and then Witney. Downstream of Witney it splits into two channels before joining the Thames below Standlake.

We have four Windrush fisheries between Witney and Bourton, three of which receive some supplemental stocking of trout. All have wild trout and all offer prolific mayfly hatches. There are a few grayling and there is always a chance of a good-sized chub.  Club members enjoy some coarse fishing on the lower Windrush during the winter months.

River Kennet

The Club has access to some premium chalk stream fishing on two estates between Kintbury and Hungerford. The Kennet has its source in chalk springs and flows due east through water meadows divided up by a maze of small carrier streams before joining the Thames at Newbury. The water is gin clear and fly life is excellent. Fish stocks include wild brown trout, including the unique Kennet greenback strain, grayling and supplemental stockings of brown and rainbow trout.

River Wye

Club members have access to salmon fishing on a middle Wye beat between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye.

The beat offers a number of salmon pools and runs and is suitable for fly fishing and spinning.

Cornbury Park Lakes

Cornbury Park lies in the Wychwood Forest, a medieval royal hunting ground between the Evenlode and Windrush valleys. The club has fishing rights on three lakes set in a secluded deer park setting. Two of the lakes are stocked with trout and the third is retained as a coarse fishery.

The lakes enjoy good fly hatches and fish well with dry flies and imitative patterns. 

salford fishing lakes

Season March to October, exact dates on the Salford web site (https://www.salfordtroutlakes.co.uk/). One visit per fortnight, take paper slips and a pen to book in and to book out with fish returns. Only one booking for one or both lakes required. Check the catch and release and bag limits on the day. Only 4 CFF members at any one time.

broadlands estate river test

New for 2022, Salmon fishing on the River Test Tuesday March 17th until October 15th, two rods every Tuesday.

Full details and rules will be supplied on completion of the booking form. A salmon licence must be held. More information here.


 

members guide to our fishing

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Cornbury Park Lakes
Salford lakes


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You can request a booking using the email addresses shown on the page. Bookings open from March 1st, with the exception of bookings for Barton Court which must not be submitted before March 15th. Requests addressed to the wrong email address will be ignored.

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