Fishing at Cumbrian Riverside Cumbria.

Cumbrian Riverside is an ideal base for a fishing holiday, particularly if your interests centre around game fishing. There are 2 places to fish on site:

The River Sprint at Cumbrian Riverside

Lake and River Fishing at Cumbrian Riverside Cumbria

The River Sprint at Cumbrian Riverside

The Sprint is a tributary of the Cumbrian Kent, one of England´s most prolific Salmon and Sea Trout Rivers and reputedly the fastest rising river in England. Our beat flows through the property, and extends for about half a mile. The fishing is single bank only, but apart from one pool, the far bank is seldom fished. The Sprint is a spate river, rocky and often fast flowing, and tree lined for most of the length. In the top part of the beat, upstream of the bridge there is a long holding pool, probably one of the best on the Sprint, that can at the right time of year hold over 30 salmon and sea trout. In the middle of the beat the river passes through a rocky gorge with a number of deep turbulent pools, similar in character to a small highland river. The downstream part of the beat is for the most part fast and shallow.

The Sprint is predominantly a salmon and sea trout river. Migratory fish start to run the river in June, and given rain there can be a good head of fish in the river by July, predominantly sea trout, but also a few grilse. The main runs of salmon and grilse are usually in September and October, by which time there are fish in all the pools. Because of the nature of the river, most fish are caught on worm, spinner or prawn, with small Rapalas or Toby´s being particularly effective. There are also brown trout in the river. Most are small, but each year turns up one or two between one and two pounds.

We do not impose any rules on the fishing, except that the use of maggots is banned to prevent damage to the immature salmon. All trout under 9 inches in length should be returned to the river. It is compulsory to have a salmon licence to fish in October.

The Lake at Cumbrian Riverside

Fishing at Cumbrian Riverside Cumbria

The Lake receives its first stocking of brown and rainbow trout in the 1-2 lb class at the end of March. Fishing during the early part of the season is usually easy, and almost any method will catch, but small nymphs retrieved very slowly seem to work best. Later in the season the fish wise up, and a more delicate approach is required to succeed in the crystal clear water. Small nymphs and suspender buzzers appear to work well, and the fish will also rise to a dry fly, particularly in the evening.The fish are now putting on weight nicely, with an average size of 2lb. They also fight very well, so do not fish too fine.

Off site there are several places within a 10 to 15 minutes drive of Cocks Close that are interesting:

The River Kent

In recent years, the Kent has been among the most prolific salmon and sea trout rivers in the country, with a declared annual catch of over 450 of each species (actual catches are thought to be much higher). The river runs through some outstanding countryside, and access is good, with long stretches available through local angling clubs. Kent Angling Association control about six miles of the Kent above and below Kendal, together with stretches on the lower reaches of the Sprint and Mint. This is excellent salmon and sea trout water, and the brown trout fishing is also very good.

Day and weekly permits are available from Kendal Sports, 30 Stramongate, Kendal.

Burneside and District Angling Association control about 2 miles of the Kent and Sprint. Low price day tickets are available from the Jolly Anglers in Burneside, or Burneside Post Office.

Staveley and District Angling Association have about 5 miles of fishing on the upper Kent. Tickets are available from D&H Woof, 22 main street, Staveley.

Kendal Town Water provides FREE FISHING for holders of an Environment Agency licence. About one mile of water is available in the town, from Nether Bridge to Victoria Bridge.

This water runs through the town, so is not exactly peaceful, and discarded supermarket trolleys can be a hazard. Some very large salmon are caught here every year.

Other Fishing

There is a huge variety of fishing available in The Lake District. From vast lakes such as Windermere, Haweswater and Ullswater, to secluded mountain tarns tumbling streams and becks. Much of the fishing is either free, or available on low price permits. An up to copy of The Anglers Guide to the Lake District is an invaluable source of local information not just for the main beats but also for the smaller, less well known feeder streams of the lakes and rivers that provide free fishing for wild brown trout.

Some waters worthy of note are listed below:

Windermere and District Angling Association

This association issues day and weekly permits for a number of waters in the area covering lake, river and tarn fishing for trout and coarse fish. Tickets are available from Carlson´s Fishing Tackle, 64/66 Kirkland, Kendal, who are also an excellent source of local advice.

Kentmere Tarn provides first class fishing for wild brown trout and stocked rainbows. Located in the next valley, tickets available at the fishery.

Skelsmergh Tarn is a secluded small lake just off the A6 two miles down the road. The tarn is a classic tench water, with about 20 swims available between the beds of lilly pads. Tench up to 7 pounds in weight are caught, and large bags can be taken, particularly in the early summer. The tarn also contains some very large perch. Tickets cost about £5 per day from the farm just up the road, and can be pre booked.

The rivers Eden and Lune and their tributaries are famous salmon rivers, and also give first class trout fishing. Day and week tickets are available on good stretches of both rivers although the best salmon stretches are quite expensive.


For all your tackle needs, day tickets and general information and advice, we strongly recommend Carlsons tackle shop in Kendal. Visit