High Fairbanks

High Fairbanks

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High Fairbanks

WADAA is pleased to confirm that when our waters open, this will include High Fairbanks Tarn.  We are pleased to confirm that the water has recently been stocked, having been delayed from our original planned date due to Covid 19.  Prior to stocking there were still signs of fish on the water, which is a pleasing sight.

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

This is a large productive fishery of eleven acres in an elevated setting above Ings and holds very good stocks of brown and rainbow trout. The Association stocks annually and the water is managed as a catch and release fishery only. Fish grow on and the best rainbow to date has been a cracking fish of 9lbs. All methods work well but, as the stock become increasingly educated, imitative methods are likely to prove most effective. Fish rise very freely on this water and fishing dries to the ripple edge is one of the most successful tactics.

Terrestrials are always on the menu and spectacular sport can be enjoyed to Black Gnat, Hawthorns and Daddies and especially during the Brackenclock

Please note that our landlord and his family regularly walk, swim and picnic around the tarn. Please respect their privacy but don’t hesitate to politely challenge anyone you think may be using the water without authority.

Season: High Fairbanks is open from 1st March to 31st December*.

*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.

General information: Fly only, strictly catch and release only with barbless hooks mandatory.

Parking is for a maximum of FIVE cars adjacent to the cattle grid. There will sometimes be cattle in the field and WADAA accepts no responsibility for any damage that may occur to vehicles. Anglers should be aware that cattle may be present in the field; special care should be taken around these animals especially near young calves and their mothers or bulls.

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: High Fairbanks Fishery Rules Updated May 23

High Fairbanks can offer some of the best fishing in the North! This is demonstrated in this video made by Fishing Adventures UK, check out their channel for more. 


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Access to the Fishery. Take the Kendal to Bowness road from Plumgarths roundabout and turn right just after the Sun Inn at Crook. Follow this lane for a mile and half to the cattle grid at Borwick Fold. Parking is limited to FOUR vehicles adjacent to the grid.

To find the fishery which is not visible from the road, walk 250 metres back down the road towards Ings and then follow the farm track to the right. Do not use any other route to the fishery!

Postcode: LA9 8HS

Co-ordinates: 54.3684437, -2.8503607

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