Fishing in Mortimer Country
North Herefordshire has an abundance of great fishing rivers. The Teme is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest along its entire length. Its high water quality and its mainly undeveloped banks make the river an excellent habitat for fish. Wildlife is also plentiful, including otters, kingfishers, dippers and other species. The famous angler Andy Orme is a regular fisher on the Teme, and back in the early nineteenth century, Sir Humphrey Davy (pioneer of the miner's lamp) would regularly stay near Ludlow at Leintwardine purely to fish for grayling in the Teme.
There is a wide range of angling opportunities although fly fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and Atlantic salmon are probably the area's biggest draws.
If you are a fisherman of exceptional skill and knowledge it may be possible for you to fish with a local gillie in the famous waters downstream of Leintwardine Bridge. There are no fees and success depends on interview with the local Tarleton Secretary. Catch return and barbless hooks are mandatory, the Tarleton Club's sole wish is to improve its skill base and knowledge of river management. Contact: The Tar,eton Club
Also nearby are the rivers Lugg and Arrow, which both offer excellent fly fishing opportunities for trout and grayling. A little further away are more famous rivers Wye and Severn.
Day tickets can be obtained via the Wye & Usk Foundation's Passport, which provides telephone and online booking systems for main river game and coarse fishing, while the Roving Voucher Scheme gives you the chance to access the more remote upland trout streams. Contact: the Wye and Usk Foundation on 01982 560788 for advice etc.
In addition, Birmingham Angler's Association sell coarse fishing day tickets for their stretch of the lower Teme - 0121 454 9111. The Ludlow Angling Club also sell day tickets for their 2 miles of the Teme as well as some coarse fishing on a nearby lake - call East Hamlet News in Ludlow on 01584 872575.
Fishing from local businesses:
The Lion at Leintwardine is situated on the middle/upper river Teme (a river Severn tributary), which is well known for its trout and grayling fishing, along with coarse fishing for barbel and chub in its lower reaches. Guests are free to fish from our banks within season, no license is required.
The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey – on the River Lugg, has fishing available.
Jays Lane Trout Farm fishery near Bedstone - www.jayfarm.co.uk
Stay in our classic fisherman's hotel , The Lion Hotel in Leintwardine, or chose a Bed & breakfast or self catering cottage, close to Ludlow