Urban fly-fishing report: River Lambourn, Newbury

Lambourn 1 - Simon Clarke

Urbantrout readers Simon Clarke and David Miller spent a sunny winter Saturday on RENEWAL‘s much-restored urban reaches of the River Lambourn in Newbury last weekend, and sent us a selection of photos via Simon’s Facebook page.

Like most of the southern chalkstreams at present, the river was running fast and high from lots of recent rain, so a little extra weight was needed to get down to the grayling.

Maybe because half a dozen coarse anglers were also sharing the banks, pink bugs proved to be the dish of the day, tied on red Charles Jardine hooks by pro tyer Scott Kane for an extra kick of colour (hint: we’ve found matching the trotting hatch surprisingly successful elsewhere too!)

And we were also mightily impressed to see David rocking his Urbantrout digital camo cap, bought from us on the Wild Trout Trust stand at last year’s BFFI (hint number 2: there’s still a couple more where that came from!)

It’s winter, the urban grayling are biting… what are the rest of us waiting for?

Lambourn 3 - Simon Clarke

Lambourn 4 - Simon Clarke

Lambourn 2 - Simon Clarke

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Lambourn 7 - Simon Clarke

Lambourn 5 - Simon Clarke

(Photos: Simon Clarke and David Miller)

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3 Responses to “Urban fly-fishing report: River Lambourn, Newbury”

  1. Benjamin Copeman says:


    I was interested to read the report on your Lambourn efforts in Newbury.

    As a resident of newbury I am wondering if you had to make any enquiries prior to fishing this stretch or was it open to the public?

    Many thanks


    • Theo says:

      Hi Ben – as far as we’re aware, the local council allows free fishing with an EA rod licence on these public stretches of the Lambourn through Newbury, and there’s no further enquiry required (Careful catch and release of all fish highly recommended, of course, and the RENEWAL project would always appreciate your support!)


  2. Benjamin Copeman says:

    Thanks for the information Theo

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