Guided fly-fishing for trout and grayling in the Cotswolds
Enjoy a guided trip with Blue Zulu Fly Fishing on the Cotswold’s beautiful trout streams. Benefit from local guides who will help you find the fish, choose the right fly and refine your skills to get the most out of the day. Hopefully, we’ll catch some fish and have some fun trying …
Fishing limestone and chalk streams
Our home rivers are the limestone streams that rise in the Cotswold hills and feed into the upper Thames. They include well-known rivers like the Windrush and Coln, as well as numerous smaller but less well-known streams like the Leach, the Churn, the Dikler, the Glyme and the Ampney Brook.
These rivers have good populations of wild brown trout in their upper reaches and offer excellent dry fly fishing. Some are gin clear while others carry a tinge of colour all year. Fly life is good with olives hatching throughout the year but with the peak coming with the prolific Mayfly hatch in the second half of May.
We also have, close at hand, a couple of chalk streams, the Lambourn and Kennet, which offer classic dry fly fishing in clear waters.
On most of the Cotswold streams, the native brown trout are small, typically between six and fourteen inches in length, but keen to rise to a dry fly. These fish are wild though and easily spooked so a delicate and stealthy approach is essential. Long casting isn’t necessary but good casting is critical to ensure a natural presentation of the fly, to avoid drag and to keep your fly out of the bankside trees. There is a mixture of wading and bank fishing but stealth is the key.
Some of our rivers have excellent stocks of grayling which can offer great sport in the autumn and winter. Usually this involves a change of tactics to a deep fished nymph but it is always thrilling to see grayling rising to the midday LDO hatch in defiance of the cold in the middle of winter.
Guided fishing options
Guided trips are a great opportunity to learn a new technique, brush up on your casting or just to get a head start on a new stretch of river.
Our guided trips are tailored to your needs and interests and we will discuss what you want from the day in advance. We’ll arrange access to the river and either meet you there or pick you up locally. We will make sure you are equipped with tackle appropriate for the fishery and the time of year and then we’ll go fishing!
Trips can be full days or just a half day and at a pace that suits you. Prices depend on where you want to fish and the time of year but start at £120 for a half day (4 hours). We offer discounted rates for members of the Cotswold Flyfishers and strongly recommend membership of this club as it offers very good value and access to a wide range of waters.
As a Cotswold Flyfishers Endorsed Guide, Mark can guide and teach prospective members on some of the club’s exclusive waters. This is a great way to try out waters which are not normally open to non-members, guided by a member of the club’s fisheries team who knows these waters like the back of his hand.
Thank you for the day on the Leach, the guiding was first class. I would recommend this to anyone, beginner or experienced rod alike, a day like we had adds lots of value and as time is precious, a day of guiding without doubt will get more fish in the net and more smiles per hour of fishing there after! Thank you.LUKE S, OXFORDSHIRE
The trout fishing season on rivers runs from March or April to the end of September, depending on the river. Grayling are in season from June 16th to March 15th.
|Full guided day||£180|
|Half guided day||£120|
|Full guided day (two rods)||£250|
|Half guided day (two rods)||£170|
|Casting tuition (2 hours)||£75|
Members of Cotswold Flyfishers are entitled to a discount on guiding and tuition fees.
Prices include loan of appropriate tackle and supply of flies but do not include fishing permit costs, rod licence or refreshments.
A full day is generally from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm and will include a break for lunch. A half day is 4 hours, usually 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
You will need an Environment Agency rod licence. These are available for 1-day, 8-day or 12-months online here.