Fly fishing guide Derbyshire trout grayling instruction french leader dry fly Midlands river


The fly fishing on offer from ABAS is some of the best available in the UK. From fishing small streams like the Manifold for big wild brown trout to utilising  modern nymph angling techniques for grayling on the lowland Dove, Derbyshire really does offer the fly angler everything they could ask for. This breadth of exciting and engaging challenges is open through the year to anglers as the grayling fishing during the autumn and winter is of very high quality.

Because of the quality and accessibility of the river fishing in Derbyshire  the ABAS operates exclusively on running water for wild fish. If you are an experienced game angler but have never fished rivers before then ABAS provides you with a great opportunity to step in to the world of wild game angling – be warned though you may never go back to still water!

Our home beat is a stunning stretch of the river Dove at Rocester, near the town of Uttoxeter. This stretch is part of a small and exclusive fly fishing only syndicate and one that sees very little angling pressure. During the whole season the hatches of Iron Blue duns, Blue Winged Olives and Sedges here are both prolific and consistent, as are the evening spinner falls and as such the dry fly fishing here is a match for any other freestone river in the UK. The water really comes alive for the Mayfly hatch from the third week of May until nearly the end of June and sometimes even beyond. As a more lowland area of Derbyshire this stretch of the river lends itself perfectly to anglers looking to hone their skills as the water is small enough to be intimate without ever feeling awkward or intimidating.

Fly fishing guide Derbyshire trout grayling instruction french leader dry fly Midlands river
Fly fishing guide Derbyshire trout grayling instruction french leader dry fly Midlands river


During the autumn and winter the grayling fishing here is very very productive. Regularly producing fish to 50cm to both nymphs and dries, the Derbyshire Dove contains an excellent population of grayling which tend to hold station on the shallow and clean gravel beds. If you’re looking to learn about modern nymph fishing techniques such as how to effectively use a French Leader then let ABAS introduce you to a private gem where we might find the fish if a lifetime. With over twenty years experience of this piece of water you can be sure that you’re in the very best company.

If fly fishing on small and wild streams is your thing then let ABAS take you on an adventure in to the heart of the Peak District National Park. With extensive knowledge of the upper reaches of the Dove as well as tributaries such as the Manifold, Churnet and Hamps the visiting angler has a huge breadth of options when it comes to exploring these small and crystal clear headwaters. Using a mixture of dry fly techniques and a number of different ways to present a nymph, you will be surprised by the size of the wild brown trout resident in these tiny streams. The fishing here is amongst some of the most challenging and rewarding one could imagine and learning to catch fish from these wild and untouched waters really is a great experience.

Fly fishing guide Derbyshire trout grayling instruction french leader dry fly Midlands river
Fly fishing guide Derbyshire trout grayling instruction french leader dry fly Midlands river

ABAS offers three different guided fly fishing experiences:

“Grayling & Grub” Winter Special Offer – just £150 for 2 Anglers: This special offer will keep you and a friend fishing through the frosty months! Five hours guided fishing, plus a break for a cooked steak lunch with a bottle of red wine! Andy provides all the kit, you just need waders and willing! The Kelly Kettle will be boiling regularly and Andy will be guiding each pair of anglers fully throughout the session, fishing for wild Grayling on the prestigious River Dove. Perfect for those who have never fished a river before, and a fantastic Christmas gift for the avid anglers in your life – contact Andy and book now as dates are filling up fast!

Full Day Trips: The full day trip is without doubt the best way to experience wild fly fishing in Derbyshire. Starting at a time of your choosing, these trips give you the opportunity to sample many different styles and techniques over the course of eight hours of angling. With lunch and refreshments provided and free transfers to and from either Lichfield or Burton on Trent train stations these days give the angler the ultimate opportunity to sample fantastic fly fishing in the heart of the UK. With each station being only 30 minutes from Birmingham, 60 from Manchester or 90 from London, a full day trip with ABAS makes accessing our area simple and cost effective. Please note day ticket costs my apply to some waters.

Half Day Trips: The half day trip is ideal for the angler who has less time on their hands or who may wish to focus on a particular technique. During the summer this may be sneaking out from work early and fishing the evening rise for brown trout until dark or maybe in the winter managing to get out at first light for a few hours to tempt some wild grayling. The half day is also ideal for younger ones who may not have the energy for a full day on the river. I supply refreshments and snacks for the half day trips but don’t offer a transfer as part of the package. This is something that can be arranged if needed. Please note day ticket costs may apply to some waters.


Full Day £200 £300
Half Day £130 £180