Coarse fishing & fly fishing for coarse fish at St. Tinney
St. Tinney is a long established fishery, with five professionally managed coarse fishing lakes for pleasure anglers. We only allow people staying at St. Tinney to fish our lakes, they are not open to the public on a day ticket fishery basis. This way, we aim to keep the fishing a unique, private and rewarding experience, with the fish treated in the best way possible and in the best possible condition.
Visitor picture taken in March 2016 - Swallow Lake
We have carp over 25lbs in weight, with many double figure fish in Swallow Lake, but we also have specimen sized perch, roach and bream in all other lakes.
Our waters are not subject to a close season and therefore can be fished all year round.
All those wishing to fish at St. Tinney must collect a St. Tinney Farm fishing permit upon arrival. From March until November, we charge £15 per person, per rod, per week or part week, from November to March, we make no charge for fishing.
Children under 14 will not be permitted to fish unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult over 18 years of age at all times.
Fishing tuition for all ages & abilities
Holidays are a time to try something new. If you've never fished before or want to try your hand at fly fishing for coarse fish, St. Tinney Farm is the ideal place to learn.
We can offer on site Fishing Tuition in Coarse or Fly (Game Fishing) at St. Tinney in conjuction with Dominic Garnett, author of "Fishing For Dummies" and Amazon Best Seller "Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish". If you would like fishing tuition, please book directly with Dominic in advance of your stay.
During the 2015 season, people were regularly making catches of 140 lbs plus, during a day session.
The fishery at St. Tinney has been designed to accommodate a variety of skill levels, from beginners to life long anglers, with different lake types and species to fish for. We do encourage any anglers to send us pictures of their prized catches from St Tinney, so if you take any pictures, please do send them in!
Kingfisher Lake: This prime carp lake is a must for any angler with the average weight over 5 lbs per fish.
With comfortable pegs to fish from and a host of features, this lake is one of the most popular with an area to park your car just above the lake. Catching 100 lbs of fish in this lake is very easily achieved, with many anglers staying for a whole week on just this lake. The lake not only has carp to be fished for, but some superb roach, hard fighting tench and pure crucian carp. Approximately 100 metres from the accommodation and camping areas, and is reached by an earth and shale pathway, although you can park a car within 10 metres.
Moorhen Lake: This lake is entirely devoted to Silver fish, with high number’s of skimmer Bream, Roach and Rudd, a great lake for angler’s who wish to try catching something other than carp, or a beginner wetting their first line.
There is hours of fun to be had here with a simple whip rod and a tub of maggots. Keep nets allowed on this pond ONLY. Approximately 200 metres from the accommodation and camping areas, and is reached by an earth and shale pathway, or via the parking area by Kingfisher Lake, approximately 100 metres.
Woodpecker Lake: This pond is a great get-away, while hearing the river in background or watching a kingfisher fly feet away from you. Our smallest and most intimate water, yet still teaming with fish where carp and tench can be caught all year round.
The lake has many lily pads, bull rushes, irises and willows, making it a haven for fish and wildlife. Approximately 250 meters from the accommodation areas, it is reached by a gently sloping grass and shale path.
Mallard Lake: Converted and re-stocked as a dedicated Tench lake in March 2015, the lake has a uniform depth of about 6ft, so you can fish inches from the bank. Due to the climate in the south west we generally have very mild winter’s so the fish feed hard all year.
There are a limited number of pegs on this lake to give the angler their own piece of water with bays full of lilies and rushes. Approximately 500 metres from the accommodation and camping areas, although ta car can be parked about 30 metres from it by driving down an earth and shale track to a gravel car park.
Swallow Lake: Our biggest and most mature lake provides an excellent mixed coarse fishery. The lake provides unbelievable sport all year round in a picture perfect location. Fishing is made easy from large pegs and although this is the furthest lake from the accommodation areas, a car can be drive to the lake side, where there is ample parking.
The lake contains a large number of Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Chub and very large Perch which are very often caught of over 4 lbs in weight, which provide excellent predator fishing during the winter months. Approximately 1000 metres from the accommodation and camping areas, although a car can be parked about 10 metres from it by driving down an earth and shale track.
As with all UK fisheries, Anglers must be in possession of a UK Non-Migratory Trout and Coarse Rod Licence (sometimes called a Fishing Licence) which is issued by the Environment Agency. See https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/. An application form for these can be obtained from a post office or they can be bought on the internet here.
We have a general set of rules and specific rules for fishing on our Specimen Lake. Please click on the links below to view the rules which will open in a new window.
Wilderness TV recently paid us a visit and you can see Toby, our fishery manager, talking about coarse fishing at St. Tinney. Wilderness TV were very keen to try Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish at St. Tinney, a style of fishing rapidly growing in popularity due to the unique sport it provides.
Wilderness TV - Carp on the fly - Short version
Wilderness TV - Carp on the fly - Full length