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    Dear All,

    I'm relatively new to London (and the UK) and this forum so I thought I would introduce myself - and seek some advice.

    I'm a transplant from NYC where I was an avid fly-fisherman of the region's streams and rivers. I was a member of the NYC Trout Bums and the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers. Almost every weekend, I would jump on the train and fish the streams close to the city for its browns, rainbows and brooks - yes, I would get funny looks on the subway!

    I came to England to pursue my MBA about two years ago. Having read everything from Walton to Prosek, I was excited about the angling opportunities here - but have yet to mend my line in any of England's currents!

    Perhaps it may be the studies muddling my brain, but I have found it difficult to find streams to fish here that are free or student friendly (price wise). Aside from a handful of private water, all the pristine streams I have fished in the US only required a license.

    Which brings me to my question: Are there opportunities to fish streams for trout/grayling within an hour or two of London that don't require a guide/gilly or an emptying of my bank account?

    If not, anybody in London want to grab a pint and talk about fishing?? My friend's here definitely don't!

    Thanks for any advice!

    Best,
    Ignacio

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    ignacio,
    welcome to the uk. your only hope is the wandle piscators (google it) and apart from the itchen and test (you will pay the kings ransom to fish those) the trout fishing south of london in my experience is limited. i am around 30 miles from london and i travel to mid wales for most of my fishing. you could always tag along with me one weekend if you fancy it? look herewww.wyeuskfoundation.org. you can fish for trout and grayling over there and salmon if you are into those. i usually drive over on a saturday morning EARLY fish all day, grab a B&B saturday night, fish half a day sunday and then drive home sunday afternoon. good luck with it all. jon.

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    Hi Ignacio, welcome to the Forum.


    I'm 200+ miles from London so can't comment directly. The Wandle is a chalkstream that Halford fished and flows right into London. It has been cleaned up and offers your best chance of cheap London trout fishing... and a chance to follow historic in footsteps. There are several members of the Wandle Trust here, a 'forum search' will reveal much. I wouldn't hesitate in contacting this enthusiastic group.


    EDIT: WW covered much the same ground as I was typing. Carlos and Theo are prominent members on here.


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    Hi Igancio,
    Welcome to the forum!

    As Wye Wizard mentioned, the river Wandle is an option for river fishing and I'm sure there are other guys here who would know more than me about that!
    Where abouts in London are you based?
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    Welcome buddy, PM me and you'll be a guest absolutely 'no charge' in sunny Gloucestershire.
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    There is a reasonable amount of river fly fishing within striking distance of London. But as it is a big old place it depends where you live. I would suggest you join the Wandles (see my signature below) we take various trips out of London and there are many that fish the Wandle (I have had a 4.5lb brown in Zone2).

    Beyond that you are looking at lengthy drives or putting your name down for a long waiting list. The Teise where I fish is an hour from London, but from SE NOT North or West London and is the only river with no waiting list I know of.

    Other than that you need to put your name on a waiting list like Darent Valley or Amwell Magna for example. The Darent is around 4 - 5 years.

    The are a lot of small still waters and a couple of reservoirs as well.

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    Hola Ignacio

    I have been living in London for 6 years now, I still have to find a Trout River that doesn't rip you off around here !! Unfortuantely in the trout season there are not many chalk stream waters where you can fish at reasonable prices. My nearest destination is the River Coln (33 pounds/day), it's in glocestershire about 1 and half hour driving from my house in wembley, nearby there's a lovely stretch of the river Windrush at 5 pounds/per day,lightly stocked and managed by Orvis but that's about it.
    Different story from October onward, during the grayling season prices on most of the southern chalk-stream waters drop to 30/40 pounds per day and offersome real fun.
    If you are not fussy about targeting different species (like chubs, dace, bremes for example) there are hundreds of very cheap alternatives for examples in some stretches of the river Thames which offer some realfun in summer times. Also the river Wandle mentioned before.

    An idea of what the river Coln can offer:

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    If you fancy a trip some day PM me

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    Ignacio... welcome to the forums. Jon's advice is about spot on. In your shoes, the best thing to do is head out West to the Welsh borders. the Wye Usk Foundation offers plenty of wild fishing for trout and grayling - though the season for the latter is currently closed until 16th June.

    The problem is that there is so much choice and the different streams offer different conditions. Check out the Monnow thread in the rivers forum... there are a fair few of us who fish this system and it has some of the best wild trout fishing in the country. If you decide to head out this way... drop me a pm and we'll sort you out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos View Post
    There is a reasonable amount of river fly fishing within striking distance of London. But as it is a big old place it depends where you live. I would suggest you join the Wandles (see my signature below) we take various trips out of London and there are many that fish the Wandle (I have had a 4.5lb brown in Zone2).
    Ignacio, what he said

    I'm afraid I'm not on these forums very consistently at the moment, but drop one or both of us a line, and I'm sure we can set you up with some Wandle knowledge over a pint somewhere convenient.

    Short notice, but I'll also be at the river cleanup this Sunday for a chat if you're around: if not, hope to catch up with you sometime soon. Some day I'll be interested in calling the favour back in, and having a cast on NY's urban rivers too!

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