“Sweet is the name of this stream in the ear of the angler. The Dove! Who among the fraternity of piscators has not longed to roam in Walton’s footsteps, and to cast his fly upon the gently-swirling flood between the gray crags of Dovedale? Sooner or later every fly-fisher feels impelled to make a pilgrimage to the Dove” (Gallichan, 1905)
The river Dove at Dovedale is one of the most picturesque and important fly fishing rivers in the world. It’s a spring-fed limestone river, passing through a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s steeped in angling folklore, with LADFFA members treading in the footsteps of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, who fished here 400 years ago. Their fishing temple can still be found upstream at Beresford Dale.
Because Dovedale is spring-fed, it tends to be less rain affected than other rivers and can often be fished when other rivers are out of condition.
We have access to around three miles of river, set between Ilam and Milldale. From Dovedale carpark upstream to Ilam Rock we have the Derbyshire bank. Above Ilam Rock we have double-bank fishing until close to Milldale. (Members should check the Handbook for a more accurate description of the beat).
A good choice of rod would be 8 to 9 foot, with a 4 weight line.
LADFFA members are required to display their membership card when fishing. The Association’s bailiffs patrol Dovedale regularly.