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Walthamstow Wetlands is located in the heart of London's Lee Valley. There are ten individual reservoirs that make up Walthamstow Wetlands, all of them within the Site of Special Scientific Interest, as they have rich bird habitat and terrestrial fauna. Walthamstow Wetlands is internationally recognised for the diverse range of birds that it attracts.

This nature haven in the heart of the capital also offers the budding angler fantastic opportunities to fish specimen carp, bream, chub and barbel in clear waters. There are also two reservoirs exclusively for fly fishing with both rainbow and brown trout present, up to double figures to the lucky few.

The three fly fishing reservoirs are stocked throughout the season with a total of 11,000 top quality rainbow and brown trout. The trout are stocked at a minimum weight of 2lb 4oz meaning fish larger than 5lb are regularly caught, with maximum weights into double figures.

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With six different coarse reservoirs, and the Coppermill Stream to choose from, there are many challenges for all angling abilities. The predominant species are carp and bream, but there are also quality barbel, chub, pike and perch to be had.

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All anglers fishing at Walthamstow reservoirs must possess a valid Environment Agency rod licence. All coarse anglers must carry a landing net and an unhooking mat. Fly-fishing on reservoirs four and five is open all year. Season permits run from March. There is no close season on Lower and Higher Maynards reservoirs. Reservoirs 1, 2, 3 and West Warwick reservoirs, and the Coppermill Stream season begins 16 June and runs until 15 March.

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