Happy New Year - Fishing is back again! Tenterden Trout Waters is now legally open having received notification from the Angling Trust that fishing is now permitted in the Government Guidance - we are all delighted about this news received 7.1.21 and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please ring to book or email 01580 763201 or You can fish independently or with one other person preferably within your bubble. We shall limit our numbers to 10 at any one time. The Fishery is in Tier 4 regarding your travelling arrangements and its recommended by Government to stay local during the 3rd lockdown.

Fishing has been good throughout December/early January and the recent stocking of all 3 lakes is proving positive for our Anglers. We put some cracking Rainbows and Blues in to lift everyone's spirits ranging in size from 3lbs to 10lbs and they are gradually being caught by our Anglers this month. We pride ourselves in stocking hard fighting trout and I am pleased to say they are responding well to the cold weather and producing the fun for all.

The Fishery Lodge will remain closed until we know its safe to re-open so apologies in advance for no toilet facilities and scales for weighing your fish.

We shall post your permits at the farmhouse front door in a white envelope with your name on, please put the exact cash inside this envelope and post it through the letterbox. This has worked well in the past and we thank you for your support. Please note that we have marginally revised our permits prices for 2021.

January catch report:

Spencer & Sam Battie - New Anglers to our Fishery got off to a good start netting 6 fish between them in Lake 3 on a small olive lure and one took a red fritz. They ranged in size from 3lbs-7lbs. Sam got into a 7 pounder and sadly lost it. The Trout are deep down, on a steady retrieve and fought hard. They will be returning.

Ian Blackwell caught a 7lbs 10oz Rainbow on a Diawl Bach on Lake 3 and it put up a 15 minute fight. Fantastic fun. Photo in the gallery below.

I appreciate receiving the fishing reports from our Anglers which will get posted.

Popular patterns at the moment on Lake 3 are Green/Black Montana GH, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach & Fritz and orange/red is the colour - I would suggest an intermediate/sinking line popped into your bag - the fish are approx 8 feet down on Lake 3.

We will be taking telephone bookings preferably 01580 763201 or email. If we don't answer please leave a message and we will get back to you if you leave your name and number. This will help us monitor how many Anglers can safely fish at any one time and to be able to follow the social distancing guidelines. If you have booked and need to cancel please can you let us know so that someone else can take up your place. Thank you.

The afternoon permit reception time is now 1pm. The morning permit session will remain from 8.20am to 2pm for clarity.

We are not hiring out rods, tackle - sanitising cork rod handles does not work very well. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will respect our wishes in not just turning up as you have done in the past during these unprecedented times that we all find ourselves facing, particularly because the Fishery/Farm is our home and we are shielding Audrey, my Mum, whom many of you will know. We would also like you to keep to the reception times of 8.20am, 1pm which allows for the rotation of our Anglers to flow positively. The Fishery will close at 4.30pm and we would kindly ask you to leave on time.

Polite Notice: Please would all Anglers refrain from using their mobile phones when they are fishing. Many of our Anglers are seeking peace and quiet at this difficult time in Tier 4 which has affected us all. Thank you.

Exciting News: We opened our Shepherds Hut (The Ghillies Hut) in July this year for accommodation at our Fishery so you can come and stay and fish and I am delighted to say that it has been very well received. Our Hut can accommodate 1-2 people and is set in our fields, where our Romney Sheep graze, with spectacular views, through the valley, over our Lakes up to St. Mildred's Church in Tenterden. A truly beautiful setting. The Ghillies Hut is off grid, with no TV/Broadband, we want you to enjoy the nature that will surround you away from it all during these unprecedented times. Sadly we have had to close the reservations for the Hut until the lockdown is lifted and restrictions are reviewed again but you can book further ahead if you choose to. We will offer a full refund if you had to cancel due to Cov 19 with no quibble at all. For more information/bookings - please visit the Shepherds Hut heading on our website which provides a direct link to Airbnb. We are offering 20% off all fishing permits if you are staying in the Hut.

The Charles Jardine, Skill Set Day, will be held on the 7 March 2021. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we don't have to move this date again!! Please see below. If this is of interest to you please make contact to book your place with Gaynor at our Fishery we are limiting the numbers and have now gone to a waiting list so don't hesitate to add your name.

Are you looking for a fly fishing permit gift or fly fishing tuition experience for someone special? We offer gift vouchers which can be purchased and sent by email or post. Call or email

We would like to wish all our Anglers and Fishery friends a very Happy New Year and we look forward to a less challenging 2021 for everyone with vaccines now firmly on the radar. We thank you for the support you have shown us during this difficult year, it has been much appreciated by our family.

Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly fishery, where you can relax and enjoy yourself in safe and picturesque surroundings.

With best wishes, Gaynor, Richard, Ali, Emma, & Audrey.



Our dear friend, Charles Jardine, who will be familiar to many of you as a multi disciplined Fly Fisherman who has represented his Country in this Sport, written many books and articles is going to be sharing all his knowledge and skill set with any of you that would be interested at our Fishery. This is a fund raising event for Fishing for Schools which was started by Charles some 12 years ago to help young people from challenging backgrounds get into Angling and back into education. It is a national operation under the Countryside Alliance Foundation and enjoys charitable status. On the back of this Skill Set Day we shall also be hosting a Fishing For Schools Day with Charles at our Fishery in the latter part of 2021. We are very keen to support the young in this sport and we are excited to work alongside Charles and this wonderful Charity.

The day will include the following:-

Fly casting demos with hands on help

Fly tying demo – Specific to Still Water and Tenterden

(Charles was 18 when he first fished at Tenterden!)

Selecting the right kit for the sport

Learning about knots, leaders, lines etc.

Tactical demonstrations

Entomology – matching the fly to the insect and conditions

Half Day – 1 fish ticket to use on the day and practise your skills

Duration: 10am – 5pm.

Food: Bring a picnic to enjoy in our beautiful Wealden setting. Free Tea/coffee/refreshments. Use of our new Fishery Lodge with WC/Kitchen Facilities.

Limited spaces. All assistants will be qualified, ample opportunity for one to one tuition, hence we have limited the number to 25 people and we only have a few spaces left.

Raffle Prizes

Price: £75

We are taking names/telephone numbers/email addresses of those interested in this at the moment and will make contact with you nearer to the time. We want it to be a great day safely practising your skill set with Charles and his coaches.

To register please contact Gaynor 01580 763201


Boris (9.5lbs) our trophy Brownie remains the challenge for 2021. Several Anglers have had the excitement of having him on the end of their line but everyone of them has been broken by him. Boris is a catch & release trophy fish and anyone who does land him will need to validate the catch with a photo and will be rewarded with a bottle of your choice.

We have a super new Fishing Lodge and we hope you will enjoy this relaxing social hub with kitchen and toilet facilities situated in an elevated position on the side of Lake 1. It has its own verandah for sitting out and enjoying the weather overlooking the Lake for some relaxing downtime. The Lodge provides a great space for our Anglers to have lunch/tea over a cup of tea/coffee with our compliments.  It will add a positive experience to your fishing here at Tenterden and encourage family and friends to come along too. There are some recent photos in the Gallery. If you would like to hire out our Lodge between 7pm & 10.30pm please contact Gaynor.

PARKING & FISHING PERMITS AT THE FISHERY – You will find the Fishery Car Park on the left hand side of the drive - it is clearly sign posted. There is a sign at the bottom of the driveway as you walk down, which informs you of where to purchase your fishing permit.

We are delighted to have been voted into the Top 50 of the Top 100 Stillwater Trout Fisheries 2019 in the British Isles by the independent panel of judges at Trout Fisherman Magazine which has now amalgamated into one magazine, Trout & Salmon. We have moved upwards in our ranking this year and we remain a Trout Master Fishery. 

Are you looking to learn a new skill in 2021? Then please look at our Tuition Page and book a lesson with Richard Stokes, our Instructor. This also makes for a great gift experience and can be purchased as a Gift Voucher.

We are very pleased to announce that the Fishery/Farm has become a Wedding Venue, for exclusive use, when the Fishery is closed in July and August and we are currently taking bookings for 2021/22/23 – please see our Wedding Venue Heading on this website for further information. We also work with Farm Locations as a film shoot. 

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