Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Malham Tarn is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), managed by the National Trust. Luckily, the Trust has followed tradition and allows controlled fly fishing; since the resident trout spawn in the feeder streams, fishing follows the normal brown trout season. The Tarn covers 150 acres and has a fairly even depth of about 2.5 m (9 ft) with fishing by boat only. To protect the lake ecosystem there are no petrol engines on the Tarn boats, and we need to carry our own electric motor if we don’t want to resort to the oars.
A trip to Malham can provide you with the fish of a lifetime. Personally, I can’t get enough of it and never feel more in touch with nature than when playing one of its feisty residents.