Ghyll Head

Ghyll Head


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Ghyll Head

A 11-acre sheltered reservoir fishery situated a few miles south of Bowness on Windermere, accessed from the A592 that runs along the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. Due to its location, this a good option in poor weather conditions. Fishing is from one hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset, with roadside parking alongside the fishery.

Even in an area where beautiful scenery is commonplace Ghyll Head stands out from the crowd, and it is hardly surprising that this is WADAA’s most popular fishery. Ghyll Head nestles in a small elevated valley overlooking Windermere and is the perfect place for a day’s trout fishing. The fishery, around 11 acres in size, is narrow in places, with numerous bays, points and inlets – all of which add variety and interest to the fishing.  Nearly all the water can be covered from the shore – from the deeper sections by the dam, through the narrows and up into the shallower top end.

Trout move around as the season develops, but early on most will hold in the deeper holes and respond well to mini lures on sinking lines. Early April sees a movement into the shallows to take advantage of the huge daytime buzzer hatches. During May and June, fish can be all over the fishery but return to the deep as the water temperatures rise in mid-summer, returning to forage in the shallows as autumn brings cooler conditions.  When fish are topping, dry fly can be the killing method but, above all, this is great nymph water. It is important to find the holding depth and three nymphs on a long leader will give you a decided advantage when few fish are showing on top. Seasonal highlights include falls of Hawthorn Fly, the Brackencock, (a small beetle that can induce spectacular action in early June), and huge Caenis hatches in late June and early July.

The Association stocks regularly with top quality rainbow trout averaging over 2 lbs but with plenty of fish in the 4lb – 8lb bracket. Occasional brown trout up to 4lbs are also encountered. Or alternatively, if you really want to test your reflexes, put on a size 18 or 20 dry and go for the Rudd!

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


Ghyll Head is open all year* to WADAA members and day ticket anglers.

*As a result of the increasing impacts that climate change is having on summer trout fishing, WADAA has developed a detailed set of actions, triggered when conditions become critical for fish health. These may result in the temporary and short term closure of venues. Closures will be indicated using the traffic light system on the homepage of the club website and in your MyWADAA account. Further details can be obtained from the club on request.


Fishing is allowed from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Ghyll Head Fishery Rules

Permit holders agree to read and comply with the fishery rules as printed below and/or displayed on the fishery notice boards and to comply with the Environment Agency Fishery Bylaws. Failure to do so renders the permit invalid. You must carry this permit with you while fishing.

For full rules please follow this link: Ghyll Head Fishery Rules Updated May 23

Please enjoy this video showing the fishery at it’s best. This is one of many quality videos made by Craig Mounsey, please check out his YouTube channel 


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To find the fishery (travelling north on the A592) turn sharp right 1/2 mile after the Beech Hill Hotel and follow the road steeply uphill for 1/2 mile. The fishery is on the right. Travelling south from Bowness on Windermere (A592) pass the Storrs Hall Hotel on your right them take the second road on the left.

Postcode: LA23 3LN

Co ordinates: 54.3237839, -2.9255451


Parking is in roadside bays and pull-ins next to the fishery.

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