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    Default Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Has any one fished the tarns in the Eskdale area of the Lake District........Eel tarn,Blea tarn.

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Yes, and caught a couple of absolutely tiny perch!
    Might be worth waiting until last light, in case there is an evening rise of trout, but I thought I was fairly thorough in terms of different flies, depths etc.
    Lovely places to fish (if a bit/really boggy in places), but some of the tarns above Wasdale are (slightly!) better for trout.

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Which tarns did you fish ?

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Apologies for a (very) late response, but have just got back from another wet but enjoyable trip to the western Lakes.

    In the broader Wasdale/Eskdale region, over the last 5 years, as well as Eel and Blea, I have fished, Greendale, Low, Scoat, Styhead, Sprinkling and Burnmoor tarns, and have caught trout in all but Burnmoor. Clearly, Devoke Water (Millom Anglers) also has trout. They are all lovely fishing in stunning scenary: the satisfaction of taking a wild brownie from a Lakeland tarn after an often-strenuous walk in cannot be underestimated, IMHO.

    The big surprise of my recent trip was seeing what I am pretty sure are Char in one of the higher altitude tarns: nothing caught, but can't wait to get back next year!
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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Who holds the fishing rights for these tarns. I know windermere Anglers have water so do Keswick Anglers

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Angle Tarn on top of Place fell Patterdale is always worth a go.
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    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    As I understand it, unless clearly stated otherwise (e.g. Devoke and, probably Seathwaite) they are part of the National Park, and so free fishing.

    All you pay is an hour or two each way of sweat and an elevated heart rate.

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    Which sometimes feels a pretty expensive “ticket”

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sash View Post
    As I understand it, unless clearly stated otherwise (e.g. Devoke and, probably Seathwaite) they are part of the National Park, and so free fishing.

    All you pay is an hour or two each way of sweat and an elevated heart rate.

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    Which sometimes feels a pretty expensive “ticket”
    Millom Anglers have the fishing rights on Devoke, so, no, it isn't free fishing. About 20 for a day ticket last time I looked. Good fishing though, and not far to walk.

    I believe all the land around the tarns is owned by someone. The high tarns, however, are in effect free fishing, apart from the exertion to get there. Treat them with respect and return the wild fish, leave no footprints.

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    Default Re: Tarn fishing in the Lake District.

    There are endless opportunities to enjoy fishing in the Lake District. Many of our rivers hold good stocks of brown trout, salmon and sea trout. Several of the larger lakes are particularly good for their pike and coarse fishing.

    Much of the fishing within the National Park is controlled by local Angling Associations. These welcome visitors and offer a range of day or weekly permits. Visitors can also enjoy fishing for free on Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston Water.

    Just be careful you are not poaching. Having a son living in Cumbria passed the coments past him and was pointed at the above quote. The very high tarns on public access land are mainly free fishing but being shallow dry up in summer and freeze solid in winter so might not hold fish

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    Seathwaite tarn is private but day tickets can be purchased ,
    Permission to fish is required from the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite which is the best starting point for the walk to the tarn. Your 5.00 fee goes straight into the coffers of the local mountain rescue team. A sobering thought before your ascent to the tarn - but a good excuse to celebrate your safe return with a well earned pint from the same establishment.

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