About The Rivers


The Environment Agency Salmon report of 2010 states that the provisional rod catch of 23,763 fish was over 50% higher than that of 2009. Of these salmon, 14,103 (59% of the catch) were released by the anglers. Catches of grilse and MSW salmon were well above the previous 5-year average.

Length of English season

The salmon season varies from region to region, see our list of river salmon seasons, however it is compulsory for all salmon caught before the 16th June to be returned. The season for brown trout fishing is from 22nd March to 30th September in England, although dates can vary according to local byelaws. A statutory coarse fish close season (15th March to 15th June inclusive) applies to all rivers, streams and drains in England. As each area may have slight variations in dates it is best to check in advance of your visit.

Best time to fsh

In England salmon fishing can be enjoyed from late spring onwards and on particular rivers the runs of autumn salmon can be exceptional. The best time for sea trout is from June onwards, with the prime months being July and August. During this period nocturnal fishing is the favoured option. Fishing for brown trout in the spring and summer months offers the angler some exceptional sport on the fly.

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© Paul Proctor

River regulations

Each river has its own statutory regulations and closed seasons and often adds other non-statuary regulations which are insisted upon by most beats on the river. There are no National regulations applying catch quotas for salmon fisheries in England, but a number of restrictions have been introduced under local byelaws to limit the numbers of fish taken by individual anglers. It is best to check in advance of your visit.

Rod licences

In addition to your permit to fish your chosen beat you will also need a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence if you are aged 12 or over and intend to fish for salmon, sea trout, trout, freshwater fish (coarse) smelt or eels in England.