COLTS­FORD MILL

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MEN­TIONED in the Domes­day Book, Colts­ford Mill is an ex­clu­sive 12-acre es­tate, on which two lakes give the an­gler a to­tal of four acres of pic­turesque trout wa­ter. Wil­low and Mill lakes are fed by the River Eden, and stocked with hard-fight­ing rain­bow and brown trout, grown on-site, from 2lb up to ‘dou­bles’. Two cas­cades are also fed by the river, pro­vid­ing an­glers with ad­di­tional stretches of aer­ated run­ning wa­ter in de­light­ful sur­round­ings. Mill Lake cov­ers a to­tal area of 2.5 acres and av­er­age 7-8 feet in depth, with deeper ar­eas of over 10 feet. A well-es­tab­lished wa­ter, it of­fers the he chance to fish nat­u­ral pat­terns with a float­ing line, such as nymphs, Buzzers and dry flies. Wil­low Lake cov­ers one-and-a-half acres and is deeper than Mill Lake, so fish­ing heav­ier lines with lures is con­sis­tently the best method for suc­cess. Day and evening tick­ets are avail­able but ad­vance book­ing by phone or email is strongly ad­vised, as the fishery is fre­quently full. All an­glers have the use of the fishery’s club­house with full bar fa­cil­i­ties, a fish­er­man’s lodge and a tackle shop. Rod and net hire are avail­able, as is pre-booked tuition for novices. The es­tate also wel­comes cor­po­rate and other group fly­fish­ing book­ings as a spe­cial­ity. It can tai­lor-make any event from small group book­ings to larger events and also of­fers multi-ac­tiv­ity and team-build­ing days.

A plump Colts­ford Mill rain­bow trout.

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