Barnsfold Waters Trout Fishery

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Barnsfold Waters Trout Fishery

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Chris Butler
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What a nice man Frank was....Full of advice
Apr 2021 • Friends
One of the best days fishing I've had in 40 years .
Beautiful weather...Beautiful scenery..and excellent fishing
Written 3 April 2021
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Harvey2k6
Manchester, UK45 contributions
Great trout water, well worth the trip out.
Oct 2020
This became my 'go to' fishery in 2020, and will be again for 2021... beautiful surroundings and fit hard fighting fish. I've fished this water 'on and off' for over 30 years, less so since I moved further away (to Manchester) but still well worth the trip out (takes less than 1 hr).

This water can be tricky sometimes, but ''if fishing was easy it'd be called 'catching''... you get x2 lakes to go at, which generally fish well, with a good chance of a big fish. Its well run by Frank and stocked regularly from their own on lake nets.

Tip - I've had great results here on a floating CDC Sedge over a submerged Nymph, rarely does this method fail to get into the fish on top or below the waterline.
Written 26 January 2021
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Matt N
5 contributions
Big fly fishing water with trout that put up a fight
Nov 2020 • Couples
My fiancee and I are new to fly fishing. We took it up recently after being cooped up on lockdown for months as an excuse to get out at the weekend. We looked into trying Barnsfold Water as an alternative to another water that we have used that has opted to close for the second lockdown.

I rang ahead to confirm we didnt need to pre book and the fella on the phone said no, but they were unable to accept card.

Upon arriving, it was initially a daunting site. Having only ever fished on a couple of 1 acre lakes and with only 7-8 sessions worth of experience, we were presented with 2 huge lakes that look more like reservoirs than anything. I've read that they are about 11 acres each.

We couldnt find a reception but one of the regulars told us that payment is made by filling your details and ticket type on a carbon copy slip, pop it in an envelope with your payment and post it into the postbox in the hut by the car parking spot. So make sure you bring the right change. The prices can be found on the website.

Im not sure which lake is which but we stuck to the furthest lake for the whole day. Reason being the lakes are quite exposed to the wind and we are newbies still learning the ropes. The top lake has trees on the North West corner that gave us some cover from the wind, albeit a tougher challenge as trout like wind.

Everyone we spoke to was really helpful in offering tidbits of advice, mostly suggesting orange and white lures such as dancers, blobs and cat's whiskers, all of which was genuine and we did see people catching fish using the techniques being recommended. Had I been a better angler I might have caught using those techniques too.

As it was, we noticed a lot of fish moving on the surface later in the day so we switched to some daddy long legs dry flies as a gamble and the afternoon took off. Within an hour of switching we had both had multiple fish attacking our flies. We had a crazy 5 minutes where i got a bite and half way through trying to land it my partner got one too. Then after putting both fish back i immediately got another fish on after joking that it would be great to catch a few in the last half hour. I finished the day with 3 fish which is my best count to date, and on a lake as big as this, felt like an acheivement.

I must point out that i have been fortunate to land an 8lb trout another water, and a fish half the size here fought twice as hard. It was a genuine challenge to get them to the bank. I take the 'hard fighting fish' claim with a pinch of salt as everywhere says it, but here I can vouch for them. They really do mean it.

All in all, we had a great day and my fiance has already upgraded her rod for next time. Well recommended.
Written 9 November 2020
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Bill H
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disappointing.
Jul 2020
fished barnsfold many many times,blanked there again many many times,such a scenic place to go though.
Written 11 July 2020
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Paul K
Naas, Ireland20 contributions
Last light
Sep 2019 • Solo
Barnsfold is a great place to fish. Lose yourself in the scenery and everyone I’ve ever met there has been helpful with tips of what flies and depths etc. Fished here in the 80’s and got to go back at the end of last year.

Took the shot just before that last cast....
Written 26 February 2020
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Culture771833
Southport, UK10 contributions
Scenic
May 2019 • Couples
Having visited the fishery for the first time in many years I wondered what to expect. Would it have changed? On speaking to some regulars the day before it was clear that it was a buzzer approach was the favoured method. On the day of the visit the wind proved to be a challenge with very few fish seen as opposed to the previous day when surface activity was obvious. It appeared that the bung approach was the most popular tactic. Booking in is straightforward. My wife accompanied me for the day and whilst enjoying the panoramic views the toilet facilities were not what they could have been. I had been in contact with the owners by email prior to my visit and found them to be very helpful. An online weekly report would be helpful to visiting anglers giving details of fish caught, number taken and number returned. Types of flies used and tactics would also be welcomed. Perhaps this could be considered for the future.
Written 22 May 2019
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Phil D
Preston, UK11 contributions
Good sized water producing some excellent fish, My son caught a 10lb Brown on an evening rise.
Apr 2018
Good sized water producing some excellent fish, My son caught a 10lb Brown on an evening rise. Good parking and facilities for a rest break and set within beautiful Lancashire countryside. Recommend a visit.
Written 11 July 2018
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fypunky
Blackpool, UK8 contributions
Quality trout fishery
Dec 2017 • Solo
This was the very first fishery I leant to fly fish several decades ago, Frank the owner is very good and open with advice.
The fish are good quality, hard fighting and according to my wife the best tasting trout!
There is two 2 acre lakes with plenty of room so rarely do you get shoulder to shoulder.
Barnsfold is my favourite venue for nymph fishing with the PTN always catching fish, come the cold witner months months I find the Cats Whisker works well.
This a good venue to fish. My PB is a rainbow of 5.10lbs and this years biggest is 4.1lbs. I have had plenty of 3lbs plus.
Written 2 December 2017
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Gareth S
5 contributions
Quality fish
May 2017 • Solo
After a tough days fishing in the wind I managed to hook into a couple of trout anf what a treat. I have fished alot around the area and pound for pound these trout were the toughest I've played. The venue is very tranquil and Frank the owner is a top guy. The bottom of the lakes is quite weedy and slow retrieve on and intermediate line saw lots of weed. The top lake does not have this problem. However a floating line with a slow retrive damsel nymph in the bottom of the two lakes won the day with two 3lb plus trout and they don't halh fight!!. All in all a brilliant venue and some quality fish means I will definitely be visiting again.
Written 7 May 2017
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JimmyRPage
Preston, UK6 contributions
OK
Jun 2015 • Solo
Its not somewhre you make a special journey to I am afraid, so I cantsay It would get a raving review.
Written 31 July 2015
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