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Popular UK Fishing Destinations

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/26/2006 | Fishing and Boating

British anglers sometimes embark on long fishing trips to famous fishing destinations around the world, but they should be more aware of the fact that some of the best places for indulging in this sport are located right there in their own country the UK! Indeed, the UK is home to one of the ancient civilizations of the world, and consequently fishing has been a pastime and a livelihood for residents of these islands for thousands of years. If you are looking for a good place with all modern amenities available at hand where you can spend a fishing holiday, look no further than the British Isles!

The beautiful landscapes of south-western England is strewn with a great number of lakes and reservoirs, and is cut through with various rivers it's a veritable paradise for fishermen. The Wimbleball Lake in the county of Somerset, for instance, is located inside the Exmoor National Park, completely surrounded with smooth grasslands and lush forests. This lake offers a unique fly fishing experience, and is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout to ensure fruitful expeditions. The catches usually range from 2 pounds up to a 12-pounder that was caught in 1997.

Another southern county, Hampshire, is conveniently located within a couple of hours of travel by train from the capital city. Test, Itchen and Avon are the three big rivers that flow through this county, and all of them offer excellent locations for fly fishing. If on the other hand you're looking for sea fishing, you can easily book boat trips from Lymington round the year. From modestly priced cottages to top class hotels, all kinds of hospitality are available for catering to the great variety of tourists who visit the place every year.

The Butterwell Fishery in Cornwall has more than a mile of private fishing stretch on the Camel River. Here you can catch your fill from the great returning hordes of salmon, or maybe hire a boat for the legendary sea trout that infest the nearby coastlines. The Avon Dam near South Brent in Devonshire provides the perfect opportunity to catch trout for free, if you have an Environment Agency Rod License!

If you prefer not to stray too far from the comfort and facilities of London, you may want to try out the Birchmere Lake on Epstein Road in Thamesmeade, which is situated in the midst of nearly a dozen acres of green grassland and park. Carp, Pike, Tench, Silver Fish and Bream are the main catch hee, and specimens may weigh up to twenty pounds.

Scotland has thousands of small and large lakes (or 'lochs', as they call them in the local language), among which are some of the best sweetwater fishing spots in the kingdom. Pike, Chubb, Grayling and Perch are some of the fine gamefish varieties to be found in these waters. The hundred-odd rivers of the country are home to several species of trout and salmon. The Tweed, Tay, Dee and Spey are world-famous rivers for the great scope they offer for fishing.

The province of Wales is full of sharp cliffs and swift rivers, of which Teifi, Usk, Cothi, Towy and Tawe are great for fly fishing. There is also the still water of lakes and reservoirs like the Usk which are renowned for Rainbow Trout. The Welsh coasts are some of the finest in Europe for the purpose of fishing, and boats are available for hire.