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The River Derwent Fishing

The Derbyshire Derwent is a special river for our members and is rightly considered to be the “jewel in our crown”

The WAC Committee took the bold step in 1956 of purchasing outright fishing rights upstream of Calver as well as the “Shuttle House” at Calver New Bridge. This was subsequently sold, and monies raised from the sale used to purchase more fishing.

Members have access to various sections of the river giving a wonderful diversity of much sought after fishing on this iconic river


Yorkshire Bridge

The WAC has an arrangement with Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club to fish the river either side of Yorkshire Bridge, downstream of Ladybower Reservoir; this is wonderful small river fly fishing, for wild trout.

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Grindleford to Baslow

The river widens in places and there are two weirs on this extensive stretch covering several miles. The pools and glides are varied offering some tremendous fishing for both wild and carefully stocked brown and rainbow trout; there are also large shoals of grayling to be found. This beautiful “Lady of the Stream” providing fantastic winter fishing on both bait and fly. 

Most methods of fly fishing (traditional and modern) work well on this stretch and we are blessed with a prolific mayfly hatch in late May and early June.

The WAC owns the fishing from Grindleford to Calver and has recently (2019) acquired the lease from Chatsworth Estates to the stretch from Calver to Baslow.

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Darley Dale

Mixed fishing is available on two stretches at Darley Dale, upstream from Matlock, offering yet more variety of water.

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The River Lathkill

Our members have shared fishing rights on the sublimely beautiful River Lathkill upstream of Conksbury Bridge, near Over Haddon.

This stretch offers dry fly fishing of the highest quality in gin clear water to visibly feeding fish. It is challenging fishing, but ultimately satisfying to see your delicately presented dry fly taken by these world-renowned fish. 

You are literally walking in the footsteps of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton here – Cotton wrote of the Lathkill “It is by many degrees the purest and most transparent stream that I ever yet saw, and breeds it is said the reddest and the best trout in England”  


The River Dove - Pilsbury

The WAC has only recently acquired this fishing on the upper River Dove which gives us access to 1000 metres of single bank fishing upstream of Hartington.

The beat can be fished from the bank or with careful wading, and is fly only, catch and release.

Although not fully explored as yet by our anglers, there have been some surprise big brown trout caught on dry fly this season. This is fabulous small stream fishing in stunning scenery. 


The Ladybower & Birchinlee

WAC members have access to 4 day rods on Ladybower Trout Fishery as well as 2 day rods on waters of the Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club.

Ladybower is an historic and productive Stillwater trout fishery set in breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the heart of the Peak District. 

This is a stunningly dramatic area of the Peak District steeped in local history. The dam wall at Derwent was used as a practise target for the famous Dam Busters raid in World War 2 and the ancient villages of Ashopton and Derwent now lie peacefully beneath the waters having been flooded when the reservoir was filled.

Ladybower has excellent facilities and fishing of the highest quality is on offer.

Tickets are booked through the Ladybower Fishery Office and fishing is either from the bank or for a fee there are various options of booking a boat or float tube.

The Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club has a section of the river Derwent at Yorkshire Bridge below Ladybower and bank fishing on Derwent and Howden reservoirs further up the valley.

Derwent and Howden reservoirs offer bank fishing for wild brown trout in often splendid isolation much further up the valley, an area of natural beauty often compared to the wilds of Scotland. 

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Coarse Fishing

The WAC takes pride in offering mixed discipline fishing to our members with some excellent coarse fishing opportunities.


Carlton Lake

The Waltonian Angling Club own a small lake adjacent to our River Trent fishing. This is a fun lake that is very private and stocked with different species including carp to 10Lb+.

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River Trent

The Waltonian Angling Club have always fished the tidal section of the River Trent. This is very private fishing and boasts some great Barbel as well as carp and Pike.

Hassop Hall Ponds

These are two delightful small ponds located in a gated Estate near to Hassop Hall. Our members fish these waters through a reciprocal arrangement with the host club, the Sheffield University Staff Angling Club.

If you are looking for great coarse fishing in marvellous seclusion this is the venue for you.

Manor Ponds, South Wingfield

W.A.C. members have access to this beautiful coarse fishery complex comprising of 4 ponds giving excellent fishing for silver fish and carp.  We are guests of the local fishing club on this complex.

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