Having been inspired by the dawning of a bright sunny day that is now slightly overcast and therefore perfect for fishing, this post is for anglers or would-be anglers. I have a brother who is mad keen on fishing and will go out in all weathers. When he visits us at Blenheim Lodge, he likes to fish at Ghyll Head, Windermere, an approximate 10-15 minute drive from our Bowness guest house.
My brother takes advantage of the corporate fishing permits that we offer our guests to use free of charge. In all the many years that he has visited us and fished at Ghyll Head, he has possibly only come away empty-handed about four times. In fact, we have feasted on sweet fresh rainbow trout for dinner often and often from his activities, to the point where we now tell him to release the fish he catches.
As with many dedicated fishermen, my brother will stay as long as he can to fish by the lakeside. He has all the fancy rods and flies and other paraphernalia that all avid self-respecting anglers seem to possess, and takes great delight in trying out all his gear. Sometimes, our younger son joins him, and both are known to brave both wind and rain for hours before admitting defeat on cold stormy days.
May and June are excellent months for fishing at Ghyll Head, and if you are interested in this activity and want to stay at Blenheim Lodge, do remember to ask us for a free fishing permit. We offer two free fishing permits on a first come first served basis to our guests which cover the Windermere and Ambleside Angling Association local waters that are open for fishing. It is not cheap to pay for daily permits, and there are certain WAADA lakes which are only available for fishing to members only – so do take advantage of the permits we buy on a yearly basis when staying with us if you enjoy this sport.
Oh! And do remember to bring your own fishing tackle if you intend to fish WAADA waters without a guide. At Blenheim Lodge, we can, of course, arrange for paid tuition and guiding for budding or experienced anglers with a local guide. The guide will provide the gear too if you do not have your own. In England, the law also requires anyone aged 12 and over to have a personal rod licence in order to fish legally. This can be purchased from post offices and shops selling permits or online.
Lastly, we do have outside taps for you to wash your catch and dirty boots. We will even store your fish for you until you leave. Happy fishing!
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