River Lowther

The Lowther is a small river flowing in parts through limestone and with somewhat less urgency than its near neighbour, the Eamont. Although it is the main spawning area for Eden spring salmon it is primarily a trout fishery and offers sport of the highest calibre to the more proficient angler. Through the middle stretches the river holds some very large trout which haunt the deeper pools and provide some very challenging fishing. The upper stretches are more open and these moorland reaches are home to some of the spookiest of fish you will ever come across. These fish are generally smaller but fish over 1lb are not uncommon and generally fall to the fly when there is a little colour in the water. While wet fly and nymphing will both take fish the big draw of the Lowther is it's dry fly fishing.

Wet Sleddale reservoir lies at the head of the Lowther giving some consistency to the flow. During the summer months this does help to keep the Lowther fishable when wet weather and spates affect other rivers in the area. The reservoir itself is fishable for brown trout during July, August and September on the Eden Rivers Trust's 'Go Wild' scheme.

Visiting anglers need look no further than Penrith Angling Association who control nine and half miles of fishing on the river from Askham upstream to Keld and beyond.

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Contact & Details

Type of fishing
River - Game


Day and weekly permits for the PAA water on the Lowther are available from

C R Sykes, 4 Great Dockray, Penrith

The Punchbowl Inn, Askham nr. Penrith

Pooley Bridge Post Office

Langwathby Post Office and Stores, Langwathby nr. Penrith

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