Under the shadow of huge mountains like Suilven and Quinag, it’s an awe-inspiring expertise to find waters like Fionn Loch, which is home to arctic char in addition to native brown trout. Local guides will be employed to introduce you to this breathtaking wilderness, with salmon and saltwater fishing as thrilling elective extras.
• Day tickets £5, week £25, assyntanglinginfo.org.uk
Dartmoor’s distinctive ambiance retains many fly-fishers coming again to its Duchy of Cornwall fishery 12 months after 12 months. With wild ponies and granite tors on each skyline, Two Bridges makes an ideal mid-moor base for exploring miles of engaging streams – clear, darkly tannic, and filled with hungry fish.
• Day ticket from £10, westcountryangling.com
River Tyne, Northumberland
Salmon fishing on the Tyne at Bellingham, Northumberland. Photograph: Alamy
For many salmon fishers, the Tyne has all of it: wild Pennine landscapes, fishing costs that don’t require taking out a second mortgage, and prolific numbers of salmon that run the river each month of the 12 months. The Tyne often yields England’s greatest catch of sea trout, too, because of peat-tinged water which provides the fish confidence and means you possibly can fish for them in daylight in addition to at night time.
• Day tickets from £35, fishpal.com
River Clettwr, Powys
The additional you head up the River Wye, on the border of England and Wales, the wilder the panorama will get – and one among its unsung gems is a tiny tributary known as the Clettwr. This title means “rough water”, plunging down to satisfy the Wye by way of a gorge that’s nearly vertical in locations, filled with fallen timber and effervescent swimming pools. Travel gentle and prepare to climb – it’s effectively well worth the effort.
• Day ticket £12.50, fishingpassport.co.uk
Strangford Lough, County Down
A pale pink sky over Strangford Lough. Photograph: Alamy
Powerful tides rip by way of the rocky Narrows between Strangford and Portaferry on the mouth of Strangford Lough, creating world-class habitat for mackerel, pollock, spurdog, haddock and wrasse. Further inland, there’s difficult however glorious sea-trout fishing amongst greater than 100 rugged little islands on the western shoreline of the UK’s largest sea loch.
• Free fishing, nationaltrust.org.uk
Theo Pike is the creator of Trout in Dirty Places and The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing