A day on the egg fly – Arnfield Fly Fishery

To my mind nothing beats a day on a boat. Waves gently slapping against the bow, rain gently drizzling on your face, hale stones pinging off your glasses. Hands frozen to the gunnel’s. Port starboards and silly words. Drowning a constant threat due to poor weather and ineptitude. Yup nothing beats a day on the water.

jack arnfield

This day on the water was particularly memorable; fish made an appearance as well. These days a some what rare occurrence. It was a cold hungover Sunday at Arnfield Fly Fishery. Situated near Glossop the gateway to the Peak District, from the West. It’s a particularly good fishery, with particularly helpful owners and a cracking shop with pasty’s and teas.


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The egg fly would be the weapon of choice on this day, fished on a simple dry fly set up, through a 7-8 weight rod. The egg is fished static or near to it. Fished from a boat it is a beautiful method to drift around a reservoir; feet up perfection.


Takes on the day were brutal and favourably regular. Few bites were missed, and many fish were landed. The final tally for the days sport ended with an 8 fish haul for Jamie and an altogether more humble 4 fish for me. The fish were plump for winter and full of fight, it was a truly cracking day to be out chucking the fluff.

jamie pb

Jamie took a fish of around 5lb. A new PB set with a truly monster sized trout. I myself took a beautiful fish, of around 3lb. It put up a spirited, wrist straining fight. Luckily, throughout my teens, my wrist was subjected to a long, brutal training regime and proved more than a capable opponent for this fish.

3lb Rainbow Trout

3lb Rainbow Trout

Exceptional sport and a coming of age to end Jamie and mines first season in the gentleman’s club.


This article was originally going to be titled Egg Flied Wice (frankly a brilliant bit of wordplay) but as one of the patrons of this fishery is of the Asian persuasion, I have decided to moderate myself. In a bid to be PC and also to be allowed back to this great fishery. And they say I’m an offensive monster……

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