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Where to Fish in the UK

Where to Fish in the UK

1 November 2018

If you live in the UK, then you know full well that it can get a little wet here. Not ideal if you’re planning a summer barbecue, but if you’re a fisherman, it’s great news. An abundance of water means there are plenty of marine habitats up and down the country where you can spend a few hours or days trying to land a catch.

However, choosing the ideal spot depends on a number of factors. You need to think about what kind of fishing you want to do. The most common types of fishing in the UK are:

  • Classic dry fly fishing on chalk streams
  • Carp fishing in lakes
  • Trout fishing in moorland streams
  • Coarse fishing in rivers and canals
  • Sea fishing

Because we’re discussing swims all over the UK, we’ll keep it broad and only highlight a few of the most popular rivers and sea fishing destinations. Since we already have a whole blog post on fishing spots in Norfolk, we’ll also skip our home county in this one.

Sea Fishing Locations in the UK

Each discipline comes with a certain set of geographical conditions that limit where it can be carried out. As an island, we are blessed with an abundance of coastline where you can take a boat out on the sea and spend the day trying to catch a fish. You’re never more than an hour or two from the coast in the UK.

Tenby in Wales is another excellent sea fishing destination, with great shore fishing for bass and mullet. The microclimate means the weather is frequently good and the locals are always charming.

Scotland’s beautiful Oban offers some of the best sea fishing trips in the UK, with Dunollie Point a particular favourite with the locals. For river fishing in Scotland, you can refer to our earlier post, ‘Where are the Best Places to Fish in Scotland?’

Best Rivers for Fishing in England

If river fishing is more your thing, then the Tyne in the north east is regarded as one of the best rivers in the UK. This is endorsed by the environment agency, which catches and returns fish at the station in Riding Mill and frequently finds good and healthy fish numbers. The Eden in Cumbria is another well-known salmon fishing river, and for sea trout, the Wear is also a top spot.

Some of the best fly fishing rivers in the UK can be found in Dartmoor, with many fly fishers insisting the Duchy Of Cornwall fishery is the best in the country. Surrounded by wild ponies and vast granite tors, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular choice. Again, the Tyne is another river that frequently comes up in conversations about the best fly fishing spots.

Best Rivers for Fishing in Wales

Head to Wales and the River Wye, go upstream and follow a small tributary called the Clettwr. This gorge is full of bubbling pools and fallen trees. It’s a tough trip but well worth all the effort.

Best Rivers for Fishing in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, there are big tides between the rocky narrows of Strangford and Portaferry in the mouth of Strangford Lough. Here you will find plenty of mackerel, haddock, wrasse and pollock to catch.

Wherever you go in the UK, there are great fishing spots to find and enjoy. As one of the most popular hobbies in the UK, we have really maximised our fishing hotspots. So get your equipment from Harris Sportsmail and head out to your nearest top fishing spot for a few hours of fun.