Photograph by Steve Barnett

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pilgrimage and Plenary Indulgences...

You may remember a series of posts on this blog that followed words from Izaak Walton's and Charles Cotton's The Complete Angler as the two fly fishers worked their way up the river Dove in Derbyshire.

Well the tireless work of bringing the river back from the dead (literally dead) by the young, professional and dedicated river keeper, Andrew Heath, has borne fruit.  A lot of fruit in fact and now the fishery is ready for anglers to delight again in this lovely little river's twists and turns and, of course, the wild brown trout and grayling that once more live and breed herein.

To quote Andrew:
"Season rods are now available for the Temple beat of the Beresford Fishery, on the River Dove in the Derbyshire Dales. They are reasonably priced, and come with a key to the Fishing House, where an open fire and hot drinks await. Anyone familiar with the Compleat Angler (Izaak Walton) will be aware of the historical significance of this stretch of river. The fishing is for wild Brown Trout which run to 3lb+ in size, and Grayling. The beat is not stocked."

He continues:
"Managed to maintain its orginal features and atmosphere, and its butter-bellied wild Trout, the Fishery will be especially attractive to those with an affinity for angling history, or with a desire to experience England as it once was."

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Andrew Heath at

All well and good for the angler ready to take on a season ticket but what about the visitor?

Good news!

Day ticket fishing is also available, so if you are in England's green and pleasant land this season you could make a day or two of it and discover why Charles Cotton and Izaak Walton loved this place. 

If you are a visitor from overseas to England and fancy working in a few days fishing holiday after the Peak District wild trout and grayling, let Andrew know as there are opportunities to stay here and fish the Dove, the Derwent, the Wye and the Lathkill (In 1676 Charles Cotton wrote about the Lathkill as being "by many degrees, the purest and most transparent stream that I ever saw, either at home or abroad; and breeds, 'tis said, the reddest and the best trouts in England" your faithful blogger can vouch that Cotton's words are still true to this day).

A Brown Trout of the Lathkill
Well?  What are you waiting for? is the place to click...

See you by the water perhaps this year?

Regular Rod


  1. You don't hear stories like this very often. Usually the rivers are getting worse. Nice to see stuff like this.

  2. Oh would this be a dream come true. Congrats on the restoration.

  3. A river that deserves a keeper like Andy, I will be wetting a line on this holy setting very soon