Avon Springs Trout Lakes

Avon Springs Trout Lakes

Crystal clear, spring fed, small stillwater fishing at its best

In the valley of the River Avon in Wiltshire are two of the finest trout fly fishing lakes you could ever hope to fish. These crystal clear lakes are fed from underground springs with pure, chalk filtered water from the heart of the ancient downs of Salisbury Plain.

The lakes contain some of the finest, hard fighting, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout that you are ever likely to come into contact with in a small stillwater. With their thoroughly natural character, clear water and fine weed growth the lakes are ideal for stalking individual fish and catching by sight - probably the most thrilling way of taking Trout. The lakes are an ideal learning environment for beginners and Go Fly Fishing UK do private full day and half-day fly fishing lessons here.

River Avon

On the lower lake, which is the deeper of the two a weighted mayfly or damsel nymph can be devastating for those Trout feeding on or near the lake bed. The other lake is shallower, more varied in character and the fish can be easily spotted and stalked using a lighter nymph or buzzer pattern. Dry fly fishing can be excellent on both lakes.

Alongside the lakes runs the River Avon, with its fabled Brown Trout and Grayling fishing and a rare opportunity exists here to learn lake and river Trout fly fishing on the same day. This is the river which saw the invention of the famous Pheasant Tail Nymph and its inventor Frank Sawyer, the gifted river keeper, and the well known angler Oliver Kite, both fished and loved this river. The section on which we guide and teach is just a short distance below the waters where Frank and Ollie developed their nymphing techniques.

Fish species / seasons

A day of tuition on the lakes can be very exciting and the fish run large with average weights of around 4lbs. There is always the chance of a very large Rainbow and Brown and the records for both these species are well over 10lbs. It is compulsory to take the fish caught from the lakes (except out of season Brown Trout) and a maximum of four fish can be taken in full day's fishing. On the river two Brown Trout can be taken and catch & release is allowed and is compulsory for Grayling.

The lakes are open all year round but the river is subject to the standard local seasons. The River Avon Trout season runs from 14th April to 15th October with superb Grayling fishing available from then until 14th March. At certain scheduled times during the summer the river is closed for fishing for weed cutting so in 2015 if you want to learn river fly fishing avoid planning a day on the River Avon between April 23rd and May 9th, June 17th and 1st July and July 27th and August 7th.


The lakes do hold some large fish and, although long distance casting is not needed, a rod capable of casting 15 to 20 yards is best. Normally fishers will use a rod of, say, 9' or 9'6" matched to a 6 or 7 weight line, floating only for the top lake and floating, intermediate or sinking on the bottom one. Sink tips are also often used and, sensibly, a 6lbs minimum tippet is a compulsory rule on the lakes. The river can be covered quite easily with an 8’ 6” or 9’ rod for a 4 or 5 weight floating line. Polarised sunglasses are an essential item of fly fishing equipment so that you can easily see the fish.


The lakes and river are bank fishing only. Dry fly fishing can be exciting and successful on both lakes but most fishers use weighted nymphs or buzzer patterns. Indicators are not allowed and certain, lure type, fly patterns are also not allowed. None of these measures affect the fishing and, in our opinion, actually mean you will have a more natural and rewarding fishing experience anyway. On the River Avon upstream fishing from the bank is the rule. As with all clear water lakes and chalk stream rivers stealth and observation combined with delicate accurate casts are the key to success. Sight casting is the norm on the river and extremely feasible on the lakes and the fisher must do everything he can to try to avoid spooking the fish.


Our main local instructor, who lives close by, has fished in the area frequently for nearly 30 years. As well as being fully trained and qualified our instructor will also loan all the required fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. or you can bring your own, and can provide a local railway station or accommodation collection and return service. If required he will also act as a chauffeur/guide for non-fishing sight-seeing as part of a fly fishing trip. Situated very close to the lakes are some of Britain’s most important historic sites such as Stonehenge, Salisbury (including Old Sarum), Longleat House & Safari Park and the New Forest.

If you are visiting Stonehenge why not combine it with some fly fishing and if you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in the Wiltshire countryside then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts.


Our lake Trout fly fishing tuition at Avon Springs is excellent value, especially considering the superb quality of the fishing. Prices for a private fly fishing lesson for one person on the lakes in the April to October season are £219 for a full day and £149 for a half-day, to include the dedicated time of our instructor, the fishery permit, loan of all the necessary fly fishing tackle, flies, etc. and, if required local railway station or accommodation collection/return. The price per person is significantly lower where two to four people share the services of one instructor (check out our 'Fly Fishing Lessons' 'Prices - Tuition' web page for full details of all our prices and options) and prices are also lower in the winter (November to March) season. If you wish to learn both lake and river fly fishing on the same day at Avon Springs then add £30 per person to the lake only rate.

Note that we do not provide just day rod access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Contact Dave at our southern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location and date or to make a booking – telephone 07899 034728 or email dave@goflyfishinguk.com.

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