Fly Fishing

Coniston & Torver District Angling AssociationC&TDAA is a small club with just one water, but what a water it is!

The History: Yew Tree Tarn was formed when James Marshall, the local landowner, dammed Yewdale Beck in the 1930s. In 2004 the tarn received a £37,500 revamp to stem the flow of water from the dam which was built on a geological fault. Then, in July 2010, volunteers from the South Lakes Rivers Trust and the Coniston and Crake Partnership removed most of the fish from the tarn in order to avoid kill off from low water levels due to a local drought. The fish were moved to the nearby beck. The tarn is now restored to it's former glory and stocked with brown trout.

Yew Tree Tarn

Type of fishing: Stillwater, Brown trout (stocked).Two fish bag limit and strictly fly only.

Season: 15th March to 30th September.


Yew Tree Tarn is adjacent to the A593 Coniston to Ambleside road and roughly mid way between Coniston village and Skelwith Bridge.

This is one of the most photographed tarns in Lakeland and comes close to Mount Fuji in the world snapshot rankings. Hardly surprising, the setting is beautiful with a perfectly placed lay by for tackling up while you survey the water for signs of rising fish. This delightful small fishery lies alongside the A593 Ambleside to Coniston Road some three miles from Skelwith Bridge.

The fishery is stocked with brown trout averaging around a pound. It is a lovely place to spend a few hours - particularly in the evenings when the the fish rise freely and the other occupants of the lay by have finished their sandwiches and gone home. Much of the tarn is surrounded by woodland or marshy banks and it pays to wear waders.

The tarn is shallow and weedy in places and best fished with floating line and nymphs or dries. All the standard patterns work - results will depend on how well you use them!

Visit Coniston tourist information centre for details about how to get a day permit.

The Dam The Outfall From Above In Winter

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