River Rothay

River Rothay

River Rothay (Birdhouses)

We have introduced Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following link: Catch Return Instruction

WADAA has a short section of the River Rothay behind Ambleside Rugby Club, please refer to the map for more details. Please note that the Car Park at the rugby club may be locked, this land belongs to the Rugby Club, not WADAA, so if it is locked you will need to park elsewhere. We take no responsibility if you get locked in the car park, parking is at your own risk.

The Rothay starts life above Dunmail Raise before passing through Grasmere and Rydal Water en route to Windermere. The best of the fishing is in the lower section between Rydal Water and Ambleside although small trout are present throughout it’s length.

Good fly water is limited although the more adventurous will always find a way. The locals tend to use worm or spinner. Generally the river holds variable stocks of trout averaging 8oz – 12oz with bigger fish turning up fairly frequently especially after a spate when trout move in from the lake.

Fish can be very thin on the ground during periods of low water. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up – but don’t hold your breath. There are also rumours of chub and I can confirm roach are present if transient!

The river does hold a stock of silver fish, however, the true numbers of these fish are unknown providing the perfect challenge to a roving angler.


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Finding The River

To find the river please follow the A591 to Ambleside, turn left onto Borrowmans Road. The Rugby Club is on your left. Access to the river can be found by following the road around the back of the Rugby Club.  Please note that there is now no parking at the Rugby Club, as they keep the Car Park locked, other than when they have a match on-site, you may get locked in.

Follow the left hand bank downstream until the fence. This is where the fishing starts (Please refer to the map).

Interactive map