Barn Elms Fly Fishery
Barn Elms is the hidden still-water trout fishery of Royal Berkshire. Barn Elms Fly Fishery is situated on a working farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We provide an exciting fly-fishing experience for all our guests. We are stocked each week with high-quality energetic Rainbow, Brown, Blue and Gold trout up to 8lb. Barn Elms is a clover leaf-shaped lake linked together, totalling six and a half acres. Set in the stunning Pang Valley, our chalk stream and spring-fed lake provide an idyllic way to spend your time fly fishing. Below, you can find further information about each of the lakes, and recommendations on how to fish them can be found on our Still Water Tactics page or on Our Blog found on this website.
If you have any questions or would like to book a day ticket, please Contact Us. If you want to see our latest 2023 pricing, please see our Prices page. Thank you for taking the time to look at our website, and we hope to see you soon at Barn Elms Fly Fishery.
Roxy is our biggest lake and in many ways the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, of Barn Elms Fly Fishery. Stream fed in the top corner it fishes well all year. Virtually rectangular in shape all sides produce fish but as the weather warms the fish move in the direction of the inlet and the top of the lake and the island area opposite. There is a 15ft depth channel through the middle of Roxy leading to the main bridge where it meets the shallower waters of Diawl Bach. Many an angler has reached his bag far too soon by being reluctant to move away from this popular area of the fishery.
Diawl Bach Lake
Named after the popular Stillwater nymph, Diawl Bach means ‘Little Devil’. Linked to Roxy at the car park end by 2 small gullies, accessible from the car park by 2 bridges, this is a lake for the more discerning angler. If you want a day’s fishing for your 4 fish ticket this is the place to fish. Largely ignored during the Summer months Diawl Bach always contains fish but they can be difficult to locate. Except like all the lakes when a hatch is on, then fish can be taken on all the popular Dry Flys, Buzzers and Hoppers.
Car Park Lake
Adjacent to the car park, this is the smallest and least fished of all 4 lakes. Deep in parts, it can provide some very visual fishing to the stalking angler, and who knows what lurks in its depths?
Linked to Roxy by a small gulley by the island the aptly named Lily can be difficult to fish in the summer months as it is covered in Lily Pads. Lily is at its best at either end of the season. But it is not to be ignored at the height of the season, as the observant angler will often stalk a surface feeding fish, and enjoy the challenge of extracting it from the Lily Pads.
About Barn Elms Fly Fishery
Barn Elms Fly Fishery is ideal for both expert and novice anglers alike. Match your skills against our hard-fighting fish, and with over six acres to cover, you will always have plenty of active stalking to do for your trophy trout. A flexible choice of two, three or four fish day tickets with no time limit, we offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with easy parking making us a great place to enjoy your sport. We are open from March to December, Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to dusk, and corporate days are available for charities or clubs. We are just 3 miles from exit 12 on the M4 and a great place to spend the day or just a few hours away from the office.
Day tickets, known as catch and kill, are available in advance from just £37 for 2 fish. We also offer three and four fish tickets. For more options and prices, please see our prices page on this website.
Catch and Release
Day tickets with catch and release are available from just £40 with advanced booking only. We also offer 1, 2, 3, and 4 fish tickets with catch and release. Please see our prices page on this website for more info.
The gate is open from 9 am Wednesday to Sunday, and fishing is until dusk – unless stated on this website or on the notice board as you enter the fishery. Only people that have pre-booked their tickets are permitted to fish.
How to Book
Booking a fishing ticket at Barn Elms couldn’t be easier. Simply give us a call, a text or an email, and we will get you booked in for the day you’d like to fish. Payment can be made via PayPal.
At Barn Elms, we have a large car park, toilets with running water, and a lodge to keep dry when open. Sorry, but we do not have an onsite shop at this time or a place to get refreshments, so please do bring your own.
What to Expect
You can expect a warm welcome and a peaceful rural countryside setting, crystal clear water, and, most importantly, very high-quality fish that will give a hard take and a good fight.
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