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The Coniston Hotel and Country, Fishing

Coniston Cold
North Yorkshire
BD23 4EA

01756 748080

The Coniston Hotel and Country, Fishing

Fishing At The Coniston Country Estate


On the Coniston Hall Lake

We have our own beautiful 24-acre lake which is well stocked with fighting fit Rainbow Trout and also holds a good head of wild Brown Trout.


The fly fishing on the lake is excellent and it is an ideal location for beginners and more experienced anglers alike.


Fly fishing is usually done from one of the estate boats but at certain times of the year fly fishing from the bank can be very good. 


The Coniston Hall lake is open for fly fishing from 1st April to 1st October inclusive


Fishing on the River Aire 

Our one mile length of the River Aire provides the river fly fisher with the opportunity for some challenging fly fishing for its wild Brown Trout, some of which are in excess of 2lbs. 


The River Aire has excellent hatches of fly and offers good sport to dry fly and nymph tactics.


The River Aire is open for fly fishing from April to September inclusive. 


Boats are available for the lake and tuition is available for those wishing to improve their fishing.


Go Fly Fishing UK have exclusive permission to take customers on the lake during March.



A rod between 9 and 10 feet for a 6 or 7 weight line (floating) is ideal. There are occasions when a intermediate or sinking line can be useful but on most days the floater would be the first choice. When fishing from a boat always wear a life jacket, these are available from the hotel.



The trout at Coniston Hall Lake respond to a wide range of techniques making it a great venue for learning new methods and skills. Both the buzzer and dry fly fishing can be exceptional and fishing with nymphs and even the more traditional fly patterns and methods will produce fish on most occasions.



Steve Rhodes, Go Fly Fishing UK  co-proprietor, lives in the village of Coniston Cold half a mile away from the lake and spends more time fishing there than anyone so has an intimate and up to date knowledge of where the fish are, what methods to use and which flies will catch them. All tackle including flies can be supplied or if you prefer you can bring your own. We can provide a local railway station collection and return service and are available to give you a guided tour of the historic sites, towns, cities and the many other attractions in the Yorkshire Dales.



Thank you for a good day yesterday (Sunday 28/04/13) Although I only had one fish (the only fish I could see rising all day) it was an exceptional fish, that Iwas unprepared for. From your web site I thought a 2lb fish would be a fish of the year & 3 or 4 to the pound would be the normal size. The fish I landed was between 6lb & 6.5lb in perfect condition. It was certainly fun on a Grays 6'6" streamflex rod (ATFM 3 ) & 4lb line. It took me 15 minutes to land. Attached is a picture of the fish.

Thanks again


I have just had one of the best days fishing of my life, surprisingly that sentiment was echoed by most of our group.  Myself and seven friends have just spent a day fishing on The Coniston Hall Lake, a beautiful setting, for a day out.  Between us we landed 136 of the hardest fighting rainbows I have experienced, with two perfect browns to put the icing on the cake.  From experience I can say it is not an easy fishery, with natural flies the order of the day, but when the fish are on it is more than worth the trip and highly recommended.

Rob Hegarty

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The Estate is home to a Shooting Ground (CPSA Premier standard), Falconry Centre, The Land Rover 4×4 Experience, Fly-Fishing on the 24 acre lake or River Aire, Archery, Target Golf, Mountain bike hire and maps are given to the guests setting out trails across the estate.


Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi, making it the ideal place to meet for a business meeting or indeed to meet friends or family. The Huntsman’s Lodge and Terrace is the perfect place to unwind with stunning panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales and items such as Yorkshire Tapas and afternoon tea on the menu.


Alternatively enjoy a meal in the popular Macleod’s restaurant. Inspired by the hospitality of the Bannister family who have been part of the estate since the late 1960’s, the teamwork to ensure every guest becomes a regular visitor.


An additional 21 rooms opened in November 2011, taking the total number of rooms to 71. There are 2 suites, 22 luxury rooms and the rest are classic. All have beautiful rural views, many overlooking the lake.


Classic single rooms with breakfast from: £84.50, Classic double from £99.00 Luxury room supplement £50 – Suite supplement £125.00. However always check the website for last minute accommodation offers. Three course signature dinner £29.95 – A la carte available – Lunch and special dietary requirements – last orders are at 9.30pm.

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