Fly fishing at Arlington Reservoir

The fly fishing season has begun at Arlington Reservoir and anglers look set to enjoy a bumper season.

The first cast was on January 31 and 2.000 rainbow trout have been put into the water.

Lying at the foot of the South Downs in Berwick, fishing is the only form of recreation allowed on the water as the reservoir is a key site for South East Water and provides 17.4 million litres of top quality drinking water at peak times to around 82,000 customers.

Natural England has designated the 120 acre reservoir and surrounding land as a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This accolade follows years of proactive environmental management by South East Water since the reservoir was completed and filled in 1971.

Arlington Reservoir fly fishing gift vouchers can be used for a wide range of experiences for all levels including beginners’ days on April 18 and May 9 at a cost of £20 for adults, £15 for juniors aged ten to 15 and £25 for both adult and junior with all equipment provided and including a two fish ticket.

Emma Goddard, South East Water’s environmental manager, said: “We will be restocking the reservoir regularly with around 5,880 trout for the fly fishing season which runs until June 30 for bank fishing with boat fishing starting on April 1.

“We welcome all anglers, whether they are experienced, a novice, from the local area or travelling from further afield and we can guarantee that everyone will enjoy excellent fly fishing in beautiful peaceful surroundings.”

Details about fishing at Arlington can be found at or phone

01634 276310.