This time I decided to wander outside my normal home area in search of new fishing adventures, and I succeeded. My family and I flew to Birmingham, England for a fortnight (two weeks) of travel about the United Kingdom.
We began our look into United Kingdom fishing just south of Birmingham in the lovely city of Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born and died, but also where the River Avon runs clear and strong.

European-style bank fishing was the rule of the day. The fishing is done with 20-foot long graphite rods, a 2-pound test line, hooks smaller than any I had ever used before and a very sensitive float (bobber).

Once we located a good spot on the River Avon the fisherman were there, it was slow. We shared the bank with four others, all searching for the right location. They did manage to hook up a few small “coarse” fish (perch, bream) much to the delight of my son and me. They also fished for roach and tench, small silver fish and for carp.

After Stratford, we moved north to the Lakes Region of England and the beautiful area of Lake Windermere, the deepest lake in England – more than 400 feet deep. I have learned that over here, most of the fish I usually fish for are called “course” fish and are not fished for very often. This in spite of the fact that pike in these lakes grow to monster size (30-pound pike are not uncommon) and they seldom, if ever, see bait or a lure.

The lake (or, more correctly, loch) in the area is great native brown trout fishing water, and most of the fishing is done with fly fishing tackle.

The highlands of Scotland have four of the world’s best trout streams/rivers, and the finest is supposed to be the River Tay. Not only is the fishing in the highlands outstanding, but even on the poorest day one is surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery anywhere.

Fishing in the United Kingdom is extraordinary, and, for fly fishermen, this is as good as it gets.

Getting ready to return home, until next time … keep a tight line.

Visit Dick Peach at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.