Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Barlow Brook

Not far from Sheffield, in the little village of Barlow near Chesterfield is a trout and coarse fishery. There are 4 trout ponds and 4 coarse ponds. Currently, a day ticket is £12 for the trout fishery.

Whilst not really having much success on the still waters there, there is a small brook that flows through the fishery, and that can be fished on the same ticket.

If you are an afficionado of small stream trouting, this is worth a visit. There is a healthy brown trout population in the brook, as well as a few escaped rainbow stockies.
Tiny waters, but some fun fishing

The fishing is best approached with a small light rod - 7 ft 3wt being ideal. It is virtually impossible to fish the brook from the bank, so wading tactics are required. I have visited the brook a number of times, and always had great fun - there are some sizeable trout in there for the size of the brook, and on a light rod hooking into one of these fish is good sport.
This brownie was caught just under the tree roots to the left of the above picture - in about 8 inches of water!
There is enough fishing on the brook to keep me occupied for a few hours, and whilst it is next to a sewage treatment plant, don't let that put you off!
Another good wild brownie, probably about a pound or so.

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