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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. 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 6 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, recommendations on how to fish them can be found within our fishing tactics page or on our blog pages found on this website.
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.
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.
Adjacent to the car park, (where else?) 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 6 acres to cover, you will always have plenty of active stalking to do for your trophy trout. A flexible choice of 2, 3 or 4 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 April to November, Thursday – Sunday from 9am-6pm, and exclusive corporate days 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.
The River Pang is a small chalk stream tributary of the River Thames. It rises south of Compton (SU 526788) and flows initially in a southerly and subsequently generally northeasterly direction before joining the Thames at Pangbourne (SU633768).
As the big chill recedes, let’s think about the start of the new season. Here are a few ways to get ready and put more fish on the bank, early season at Barn Elms Fly Fishery. It has been a long hard winter made even more challenging with lockdowns and the lack of fishing. However, we all now have a high expectation of a new fishing season out of lockdown. Any moment now we will be happily on the banks of Barn Elms with our line in the water and a whole six months of fishing ahead of us… Read More