Cow Green Fishery

If size does not matter and a walk on the wild side is required to wind down after the stresses of the week, Cow Green is for you. It is a large reservoir at 312 hectares (770 acres) located high in upper Teesdale.

Use a light rod and only carry what you need, a waistcoat or small backpack is best to carry your tackle in. You need to walk a lot to get the best out of this water. Brook fishing methods with sparsely dressed spider patterns work well. Keep on the move with the wind behind you so you fish the areas where the insects are blown on to the water.

The stream mouths fish well after a spate, but you may find larger flies are required, a size 12 Silver Invicta or even a mini Viva would be worth a try.

Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Hare’s Ear, Daiwl Bach, Black Ant and Heather Fly are all that are generally required but sizes down to a 16 or 18 would be worth a try especially on the calmer days.

Directions: From Bishop Auckland take the A688 to Barnard Castle, then the B6277 through Middleton-in-Teesdale towards Alston, turn left at Langdon Beck just before the hotel. Two and a half miles up the road you will reach the car parks for Cow Green. From Alston take the B6277 to Langdon Beck, turn right after the Langdon Beck Hotel.

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Contact Details

Cow Green Fishery
Langdon Beck,
Co Durham
United Kingdom

Tel: 01833 641121

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