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The River Coln

The very best Cotswolds Trout fly fishing river

Go Fly Fishing UK provide top class guided fly fishing days and private fly fishing tuition days on the River Coln and we have access to private estate water on the most scenic part of this river.

The Cotswolds is a very picturesque area of limestone upland in southern England, less than 90 minutes travel time west from London. Its rivers have some similarities to the rich chalk streams of Hampshire and the River Coln (pictured above) provides notable dry fly and nymph fishing for Brown Trout as well as holding a good head of sometimes-large Grayling. The River Coln flows through the most perfect peaceful 'picture postcard' English countryside and quaint Cotswolds villages. It joins the River Thames near to Lechlade.

Fly fishing on the River Coln

Go Fly Fishing UK has a decade of experience in offering guided days and fly fishing tuition days on the River Coln. As well as providing challenging interesting sport for proficient fly fishers the River Coln has also proved to be a very successful location for beginners to learn the art of fly fishing. We have access to some of the best beats on the river - situated in Gloucestershire around 7 miles east of Cirencester.

If you fancy making your fly fishing day part of a short-break in the Cotswolds then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, some of which are within easy walking distance of superb fishing.

We provide the best value River Coln fly fishing days

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Fish species / seasons

The River Coln contains wild and stocked Brown Trout, occasional escapee Rainbow Trout and wild Grayling. The Trout season runs from 1st April to 30th September with Grayling being in season from 16th June to 14th March. Thus the river is open for fly fishing for almost all of the year.


The River Coln is mostly a fairly narrow river although there are some wider sections. An 8' 6'' rod for a 5-weight floating line is perfect for the wider sections although an 8 foot rod for a 4-weight line would be better for the narrower sections. Polarized sunglasses help considerably with fish spotting. Loan of all the necessary fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. is free included in our guiding/tuition charge.


The Coln is best fished by casting upstream from a position on the bank. Wading is not necessary. As with chalk streams stealth and observation combined with delicate accurate casts are often the key to success. Dry fly fishing is very good from mid-April to late-June; during the summer on cooler cloudy days and in the evening, and then the autumn is another top time for rising fish. The River Coln has an excellent Danica Mayfly (Green Drake) hatch which peaks in the late-May to late-June period. Nymph fishing is best in April and in the summer and autumn months and no matter how warm or bright the weather is the fishing is usually still very good to nymphs.

Go Fly Fishing UK have considerable experience in offering guided days on the River Coln as well as fly fishing tuition days for beginners and improvers. Our River Coln beat is limited on any one day to just two fishers.

Guides /Instructors

Our guides know the River Coln extremely well and they will give you the best possible chance of catching fish and having an enjoyable and successful day. As well as providing a superb fly fishing guide service our guides will also loan all the required fly fishing tackle, waders, flies, etc. - or you can bring your own - and can provide a railway station collection/return service for fishers. This would usually be from Swindon or Oxford station (about 60 minutes from London Paddington). All our fly fishing guides are also trained and qualified fly fishing instructors.

If you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in the beautiful Cotswolds then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, some within easy walking distance of excellent fishing.


River Coln fishing access costs are very reasonable when compared to those of the chalk stream rivers Test and Itchen. Our guided day charges (including guide, day rod fishing access charge, tackle loan and, if required, local railway station or accommodation collection/return) start at just £189 for a day for one person in the 1st October to 14th March season and £229 in the 1st April to 30th September season, with the total cost depending on the number of fishers and the date. Note that we do not provide just day rod water access to fish without a guide/instructor. Lower cost Trout fly fishing options are available in the Cotswolds at lake locations. See our website for full details.

For more detailed information about the non-fishing highlights of the Cotswolds area please click here »

Contact Dave to discuss your preferred fly fishing location and date or to make a booking – telephone 07899 034728 or email

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"Hello dave. Here are some pictures from our wonderful fly fishing trip to the Cotswolds. We had a great time with you Dave. Hope to see you again."
Christer & Simon (Sweden) - Guided/Tuition days, River Coln

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