Ladybower Fisheries


Fly Fishing Club

Open Season

March to October


Birchinlee fishing Photo
Birchinlee photo

In the heart of the Peak District National Park, Ladybower Fisheries control the fishing rights on a vast expanse of water situated near the villages of Bamford, Hathersage and Hope.

Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club was formed in association with Ladybower Fisheries in order to offer members wild brown trout fishing on two stunning reservoirs in idyllic locations in the Peak District as well as some fantastic river fly fishing on the beautiful river Derwent downstream of Ladybower reservoir.

The club is privately run and members are not required to attend either work parties or annual meetings however the management always encourage feedback and input from members whose views are widely respected.

The club offers a warm and friendly welcome to new members and appeals to those with an interest in wild trout fly fishing using smaller natural patterns and who appreciate fishing in unique and picturesque landscapes. All our waters are ‘catch and release’.

Birchinlee take their name from the settlement of the same name that was inhabited by the brave workers who built the wonderful waters we fish.

If you are interested in fishing for large fish or catching fish for the table, we would encourage you to fish on Ladybower Reservoir which has a tremendous stocking programme of Rainbow & Brown Trout and is fishable on a day ticket – more details on the Ladybower website.


The Fishing

Derwent & Howden reservoirs

Howden and Derwent reservoir photo
Birchinlee Fishing Photo

Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club members can chase wild brown trout on two famous reservoirs set amongst breathtaking scenery. The waters are surrounded by woodland and pasture with epic edges and moorland rising high above the water.

Our members enjoy solitude away from traffic and road noise with just the swoop of  birds of prey or the plop of a rising trout to keep them company. The reservoirs of Howden & Derwent were made famous by 617 squadron, more commonly known as the Dambusters who used the water to practice their bombing raids. The signature towers on the dam walls became an iconic image of the squadron.


The two reservoirs are teeming with wild brown trout which have a unique darker colouring. The trout are free rising and will take both a dry fly as well as pattern fished wet. At nearly 100 acres between them there is plenty of water to explore so with our small number of members it’s common to fish for the day without seeing another angler.

The reservoirs are not uniform in shape so while there are vast expanses of open water there are lots of nooks and crannies where the rivers and many small feeder streams enter the waters. This means whilst the larger section of waters can be fished with heavier tackle employing reservoir techniques, the narrower pieces of water can be treated almost as rivers or small still waters and light 3 or 4 weight rods and small dry flies can produce tremendous sport.

wild brown trout photo
wild brown trout released photo

River Derwent

The river consists of long deeps glides, pools and fast running riffles and pocket water. Roughly 1/2 a mile in length with both double and single bank fishing. We also have some unique features such as cascading waterfalls which have scoured out deep pools where larger wild brown trout (up to two pounds) are found. Whilst most of the fish in the river will be wild brown trout, there will be rainbow trout caught that have either been washed downstream from Ladybower or have moved up from some of the club waters below that are more heavily stocked. These fish could well be larger than the wild brownies and will certainly put a good bend in your rod.


Most of the the river is tree lined and bordered with meadow and pasture land however access to the river is easy in places and is fishable from the bank as well as with careful wading. The river benefits from a cracking mayfly hatch and has a large and diverse population of insects and supports a healthy head of fish. The river offers exceptional dry fly fishing with free rising fish throughout the beat.


Birchinlee Fishing photo

Information for Fly Anglers

To find out more about guided days, syndicate membership or Birchinlee in general please contact David on 07740 150 000 or