10 Stillwater Trout Fisheries to try this Winter

With most large reservoirs and the trout rivers now closed, the main option available to fly anglers over the colder months are the small stillwater trout fisheries, who coincidentally enjoy their very best fishing at this time of year.

In this blog post, we cherry pick 10 winter trout fly fisheries that we feel are well worth a visit this winter. In no particular order, we take a look at some great UK stillwater trout fisheries that offer anglers excellent sport during the winter months:

Ellerdine Lakes

What can you say about Ellerdine lakes? A top quality fishery, run by friendly, expert staff. Noted as a big fish venue, Ellerdine is situated in tranquil countryside just a few miles away from Telford. With 4 spring fed lakes there is a lot of variety here, and plenty of water to fish.

With double figure brown, rainbow and even tigers on the cards you can be sure of great sport here all winter long. Highly rated by our blogging team and customers, Ellerdine is the place to go for a ‘big unit’ this winter.

A quality Ellerdine rainbow..

A quality Ellerdine rainbow.

Garnffrwd Fishery

Situated in the rolling hills of West Wales, Garnffrwd has long been a favourite venue for Fishtec team members. It’s clear, spring fed waters host some stunning browns and home grown rainbows, thanks to owner Jamie Miller’s hard work in raising the fish on site.

What makes the venue all the more charming are the platforms and little nooks and crannies – the water feels a lot more than it’s 5 acres. With gin clear water and a constant water temperature you can be sure Garnffrwd will fish well even in the most extreme winter weather conditions.

With imitative sport possible at almost any time, this lake is a great sporting challenge and it’s convenient location not far off the M4 makes it very easy to find.

Garnffrwd fishing action

Garnffrwd fishing action.

Lechlade and Bushyleaze

Situated In the sumptuous Cotswold countryside these twin fisheries are rightly famous for their superb trout fishing. Lechlade for it’s specimen lake and massive double figure fish, and the larger Bushyleaze, which is an example of a ‘natural’ fly water; a mature gravel pit with plenty of space for all.

What both venues offer is quality sport in pleasant surroundings – and they fish extremely well all winter.

Busyleaze trout fishery

Busyleaze trout fishery.

Dever Springs

Who can forget Dever Springs? In it’s 1990’s hey day, this fishery was a constant producer of huge trout, so much so that it’s stew pond earned the title of the ‘Jurassic pool’.

With a UK record rainbow of 36lb, plus a 28lb brown being caught here, Dever is still one of the best places to head in the UK for something really special.

Dever Springs has been off the radar for a while, but we can confirm the giant, record shaking trout are back – for a shot at a UK super-size fish this venue should be on your winter bucket list for the chance of a trophy.

A winter Dever springs brownie

A winter Dever springs brownie.

Gludy Lake

Located just a few miles away from the Fishtec tackle shop on the outskirts of the Brecon beacons, Gludy lake provides fantastic sport for quality, hard fighting rainbows, blues and browns.

Run on a purely catch and release basis, Gludy has a large head of full finned grown on residents that feed best in the cooler months. With cheaper winter rates available and options to stay overnight at the onsite lodge, a winter trip is a great option on this unique fishery.

Plenty of our customers will tell you about the legendary sport Gludy offers – it’s well worth booking a visit at least once in your angling career!

Gludy lake on a crisp winter day.

Gludy lake on a crisp winter day.

Exe Valley Fishery

With a history dating back to 1968, the Exe Valley fishery supplies trout to venues all round the country as well as having it’s own superb lakes. Located in beautiful countryside on the edge of Devon’s Exmoor national park, Exe valley is managed by blogger and angling instructor Nick Hart, so you can be assured it is run to a very high standard.

With great facilities and hard fighting home bred triploids regularly stocked, this fishery is high up on our ‘must fish’ list.

 A quality Exe valley rainbow

A quality Exe valley rainbow.

Stillwater Salmon Fishery (formerly Palm Springs)

Just down the road from the vast expanse of Rutland Water, SSF (aka Palm springs) is well known for it’s monster freshwater Atlantic Salmon. While not the cheapest fishery for a day ticket to fish here means you have a very good chance of connecting with a double figure or even bigger beast – 25lb plus salmon are regularly caught here.

New for winter 2016/17 is the ‘year of the tiger’ – tiger trout will be the regular ‘stockies’, along with browns and salmon in smaller quantities The tiger’s standard size will be 8 to 10lb! If you want a tiger of a lifetime, take a trip to Rutland county. This blog post by Rob Edmunds for Fulling Mill will give you a taste of what to expect!

A stillwater salmon.

A prime stillwater salmon.

Meon Springs

This established fishery in the beautiful Hampshire countryside has a novel twist – as well four clear spring fed ponds full of quality trout there are anglers shepherd huts and authentic mongolian yurts onsite. For a weekend away, this makes the perfect place to head for with a group of fishing buddies.

Meon Springs super transparent water is ideal for stalking methods, and unlike some others it has a catch and release lake where anyone can fish for free after taking their limit. Here the challenge is high as brown trout are the main stock –  but a great way to finish you day off.

Meon springs fishery

Meon springs fishery

Graiglwyd springs

This fishery must be the best place in Wales to hunt for a double at the moment. With fish up to 30lb and at least one double stocked each day, from what we have seen on Facebook your chances of connecting with one are high.

The big blues, rainbows and browns are all reared on site. Although it’s in North Wales, not far from the Snowdonia national park, we feel this venue is well worth the trek if you want a fish of a lifetime.

Craiglwyd springs - double figure trout action

Craiglwyd springs – double figure trout action.

Canada Lake

As the name suggest, Canada lake is scenic. With a pine forest on the far bank, this 6 acre fishery has the feel of a a much bigger venue. Located not far off the M4 near the northern outskirts of Cardiff, this fishery is a secluded gem.

Stocked with rainbows, it also holds wild brown trout and carp. All three species can readily take your fly, keeping you on your toes. The fishing here is never easy – but for great surroundings and a true challenge we heartily recommend Canada lake.

A small stillwater in winter.

Canada lake in winter.