Beginners fly fishing day at Arlington Reservoir this weekend

Fly fishing at Arlington Reservoir
Fly fishing at Arlington Reservoir

WANT TO BE anglers hoping to learn to fly-fish can take part in a beginners’ day at the Arlington Reservoir in Sussex.

On hand for the day on May 19 will be qualified game angling instructors who will give expert tuition on how to get started in the sport.

All the equipment needed will be provided.

The 120 acre Arlington Reservoir site lies at the foot of the South Downs in Berwick and is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It is one of the finest rainbow trout fisheries in the South East and fishing is the only form of recreation allowed on the water.

The fishing seasons which runs until June 30 had a slow start said fisheries and recreation team leader Tom Todd, but now the reservoir is full and the water temperature is at the 10 degrees mark, 4,000 trout are giving both experienced and novice anglers an interesting day’s fishing.

“Anyone can fish here, whether they are experienced or a novice, from the local area or travelling from further afield,” said Tom.

“People can either fish from the bank or from one of our boats which can be hired for the day.”

The cost for the beginner’s day is £15 per adult, £10 for a child between 10 and 16.

A combined adult and child ticket is £20.

For experienced anglers a day ticket ranges from £17 for a two fish permit to £25 for an eight fish permit.

Anyone wishing to fish at Arlington or wanting to book a place on a beginner’s day should contact South East Water’s Fisheries Office on 01323 870810 (ext. 20) or visit for further information.