Cotswold Flyfishers Club
Many of the best trout waters in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, especially the smaller wild trout streams, are managed by the Cotswold Flyfishers Club. Members have access to more than 30 miles of fishing, much of it on an exclusive basis, plus two small stillwater fisheries.
Rivers fished include the Windrush, Coln, Leach, Glyme, Churn, Dikler, Sherborne Brook, Ampney Brook and Kennet.
Much of the club’s fishery maintenance is done by the members in winter work parties led by the club’s Fisheries Officer. Volunteering for work parties is a great way to get to know the club waters, meet other members and contribute to improving the river habitat for the fish.
As a Cotswold Flyfishers Endorsed Guide, Mark Purvis 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.
Bull Hotel, River Coln
The Bull Hotel in Fairford is a historic coaching inn and has been a well-known destination for fly fishermen for two centuries. It owns just over a mile of the River Coln which is run as a wild trout fishery. It also is one of the best grayling beats in the Cotswolds. Blue Zulu Fly Fishing offers full or part-day guided fishing on this beat. The food and accommodation at the Bull are highly recommended.
Barton Court, River Kennet
Barton Court is a beautifully managed fishery on the River Kennet comprising three miles of river and carriers set in glorious water meadows just upstream of Kintbury. The fishery is well stocked with brown and some rainbow trout but also has increasing numbers of wild trout. It has a spectacular mayfly hatch at the end of May and into early June. The water is clear and rewards a stealthy approach. The fishery has a lovely fishing hut and picnic area and WC facilities.
Denford Fishery, River Kennet
The Denford Fishery is a secluded maze of carriers and main river on the River Kennet. Part of the Avington Estate, the fishery offers two miles of wild and stocked trout as well as grayling. This is intimate stalking water. There is a small fishing hut complete with picnic tables and WC.
Salford Trout Lakes, Chipping Norton
Nestling in the valley below the Rollright Stones, Salford Trout Lakes is a family-run fishery which offers high quality fly fishing for rainbow, brown and blue trout. There are two well-stocked lakes with excellent fly life. An imitative approach with dry flies or nymphs offers the best chance of success at this peaceful fishery.
Lechlade and Bushyleaze Fisheries, Lechlade
Lechlade Trout Fishery is a nationally recognized specimen trout fishery that offers anglers the opportunity to fish for brown and rainbow trout weighing well over 10 lbs. Bushyleaze offers a more traditional stillwater fishing experience for rainbow trout and is a great place to learn to cast and catch your first trout. The fishery is extremely well equipped and has its own tackle shop on site.
The two water supply reservoirs at Farmoor are concrete bowls which hold drinking water for the city of Oxford. At first glance they look the most unlikely and unnatural trout fisheries but rainbow trout thrive in these waters and can provide excellent fly fishing to buzzers. Dry fly can be very effective during the evening caddis hatches.