Fishing The River Dove

Fishing on River Dove DerbyshireThis stretch of the river Dove offers some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country. The beat comprises approximately 1,084 yards of single bank and 3,697 yards of double bank fishing in a stunning location.

Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton are thought to have fished this water and the river is mentioned in the seventeenth century classic “The Compleat Angler”.

Fishing, for two rods, is with dry fly and upstream nymph only and wading is not permitted or necessary.

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The river enjoys healthy hatches throughout the year and successful patterns include blue winged olives, adams, hawthorn flies, sedges, and of course the famous ‘double badger’.

Mention must also be made of the mayfly fishing in May/June when the fish enjoy a veritable feast for two weeks or so. The mayfly hatches on the river are spectacular. Later in the season, smaller flies such as the black gnat, fished on a fine leader can entice the bigger fish from their lairs.

fishing lodge on river Dove

Ideal equipment for fishing the river would comprise an 8′ rod (rated for a size 4 or 5 line along with a tapered leader rated 3x (2lbs). An assortment of flies as mentioned above should be sufficient and it would be appreciated if barbless hooks and landing nets of the fine mesh type be used, to enable fish to be easily returned to the river when necessary.

As the stretch is shared with members of the Fifty Nine Flyfishers Club, we ask that no more than two brace per rod of fish is killed each week. In addition, we also ask that once 12 fish have been caught, the rod ceases fishing for the day – the fish need a rest too!