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  • Limestone rivers in Gloucestershire

    Fishing Breaks has fly fishing for brown trout and grayling on the River Coln in Gloucestershire

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    RIVER COLN

    The River Coln rises at Brockhampton to the east of Cheltenham, and flows in a south/south-easterly direction through the Cotswold Hills via Andoversford, Withington, Fossbridge, Bibury, Coln St Aldwyns and Fairford. It joins the River Thames to the southwest of Lechlade, where it shares a confluence with the Thames and Severn Canal, by the Round House Footbridge.

    The River Coln takes its water from the limestone uplands of the Cotswolds flowing as it does through one of the most beautiful parts of the English countryside. The river has abundant fly life, including a spectacular mayfly hatch and the ranunculus weed thrives.

     


     

     

     

    COLN ST ALDWYN


     

    The River Coln is a true limestone stream and without a doubt the best trout river in the Cotswolds, with Coln St Aldwyns the picture postcard essence of Gloucestershire.

    The Estate has opened up, for the first time ever and exclusively for Fishing Breaks clients, the opportunity to fish the syndicate water. With two and a quarter miles over which to range there is a huge variety of fishing amidst the most beautiful, tranquil setting.

    The limestone habitat is ideal for a diversity of fly hatches including a spectacular mayfly that runs from the last week in May through the first three weeks of June. The beat has a good head of wild trout supplemented by careful stocking of brown trout with, of course, grayling all looked after by the river keeper of the past four decades, John Reeves.

    The beat is within five minutes walk of Coln St Aldwyn the perfect Cotswolds village with The New Inn a welcoming spot ideal for a pint, lunch and as somewhere to stay.

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    No. RODS
    1-2

     

    COMPARE

    dogs
    No Dogs

    Cabin rating
    1 stars

    Rail Station17m

    Acommodation 0.5m

    Pub0.5m

    “Slow start but had a lovely evening rise.”   “Nice small stream in lovely surroundings.”    “Pretty stretch of river.”

    Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

    April 1 – May 11

    £125 per Rod

    May 12 – June 8

    £175 per Rod

    June 9 – September 30

    £125 per Rod

    October 1 – November 30 (grayling)

    £60 per Rod

    For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail info@fishingbreaks.co.uk

    Fishing advice and flies

    These limestone streams fish nearly year-round with trout from April to September and grayling October to March. Like the chalkstreams the hatches are hawthorn in April, mayfly in May/June with a mix of sedges, olives and terrestrials in the summer; damsel patterns are especially deadly. For more fishing advice and to buy flies click here.

    Top Gloucestershire Flies:

    April
    Dark Olive (12)

    May
    Grey Wulff (10-14)

    June
    Adams Parachute (12-16)

     

    July
    “F” Fly (16-18)

    August
    Crane Fly (Daddy Long Legs

    September/October
    Sedge patterns

     

    The Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Damsel Mayfly Nymph in a variety of sizes are the best sub-surface patterns.

    Recommended outfit: 8ft rod, with 3-5wt floating line. Tippet to 2lb/6x

    Places to stay

    Country house hotel

    Barnsley House

    Spa hotel

    Calcot Manor

    Local inn

    The New Inn

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