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The River Lune

Sea Trout Fishing on the Lune

The River Lune begins at Wath, in the parish of Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, at the confluence of Sandwath Beck and Weasdale Beck. The river then flows 44 miles through south Cumbria, meeting the Irish Sea at Plover Scar near Lancaster. The valley of the Lune has three parts. The northern part between its source and Tebay is called Lunesdale, which is followed by the spectacular Lune Gorge and finally Lonsdale, where the valley broadens. The Lune is tidal below Skerton Weir in Lancaster. The River Lune recorded a catch of 1068 in 2008, with more recent years showing an encouraging general improvement in sea trout numbers, the best year being 2014 with a recorded rod catch of 2037 sea trout.

The River Lune at Rigmaden


Sea Trout Fishing on the River Lune

The Environment Agency retains three diverse areas or beats of the lower River Lune providing fishing to the public.

River Lune Halton Top Beat - Although not suited to salmon fly fishing except in high water, this beat produces sea trout to the fly at night. There are twelve rods available daily.

Halton Lower Beat  - Halton Lower beat has three main holding pools which all fish the fly well, with eight rods available daily.

River Lune Skerton beat - The area below Skerton Weir is tidal and has some excellent fly water with the Area below the weir between the black and white and red and white marker posts fly only. There are six rods available to salmon and trout anglers daily.

The fishing farther upstream is managed by a variety of private estates, clubs and syndicates. The most publicly accessible fishing is to be found on the upper river beats managed by the Tebay Anglers.

Sea Trout Catches over Recent Years on the Lune
















The River Lune

Below are a few photographs of the middle and lower part of the river Lune and the main tributary, the River Wenning.

The River Lune

Gressingham Bridge

The Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale

The Lune at Gressingham



The River Lune

The River Wenning at Hornby

The Lune below Gressingham Bridge


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River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale

River Lune

The River Lune at Gressingham

Lune at Gressingham

The River Wenning at Hornby

River Wenning, Hornby

The River Wenning below Hornby

River Wenning

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