Fishing in the Dovedale Area
In the 17th Century, Izaak Walton wrote The Compleat Angler, one of the most popular fishing manuals ever published, and still incredibly well known today. In this treatise, Walton focussed much of his knowledge and information on the river Dove and Dovedale, making it a popular fishing area for visitors to simply observe, or to try for themselves. Those looking for fishing in Derbyshire need look no further than the river Dove to find a perfect fishing destination. The river Dove is one of the most important fly fishing rivers in the world. Anglers particularly enjoy the opportunities for trout fishing. Several weirs have been built across the river, and many have the purpose to increase the feeding area for trout and grayling. The river is usually less rain affected than other rivers, because it is spring-fed. Therefore, if other rivers are unsuitable for fishing, the river Dove may be in perfectly good condition.
As well as being famous for being so important in terms of fly fishing in Derbyshire, and the world, the river Dove is also well known for being very picturesque. Anglers can enjoy not only ample opportunity for catching fish, but also admiring beautiful surroundings and spending a truly relaxing and fulfilling day in the countryside. Beautiful vegetation and fascinating rock formations form diverse and interesting scenery for anglers who will be likely to spend a lot of time by the river.
Other interesting sights to be seen for people passionate about fishing and its history and folklore, are the ruins of Beresford Hall and the still fully intact Fishing Temple, the lodge used by Izaak Walton and his friend Charles Cotton. Charles Cotton spent much of his life at Beresford Hall which was his home. In 1676, he and Izaak Walton constructed the Fishing Temple and it became their usual haunt for fishing. Visitors to the river can still see their entwined initials above the doorway, providing an exciting view of fishing history.
It is suggested that anglers use a rod which is 8 to 9 feet long, with a 4 weight line. In the Upper Dove area, sources suggest using a rod of 7 to 8 feet, a 3-4 weight line and fine tippet, but not too fine, as the area is known to have some surprises. For the Lower Dove, they suggest beginning at the confluence of the River Churnet and the River Dove, and fishing up the Dove to the first weir, then crossing the field and fishing back down the Churnet to the starting point.
Anglers may enjoy weekend breaks in the Peak District in order to fish along the different areas of the Dove and to have the best fishing experience possible. There are many other ways to spend time in the area, including lots of interesting walks.
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