The Cannop Brook is a small Forest of Dean stream perfect for a few hours brown trout fishing. This is a stretch of approximately 1 mile, located between Parkend and Whitecroft, a few miles upstream of Lydney. Although following a fairly straight channel, there are several meanders which provide good depth and cover for the resident brown trout. Wading through the channel is not possible in all places, and care should be taken when navigating around fallen trees.

The beat is ideally fished with a 6 to 7ft, 1 to 3wt rod.

The Forest of Dean holds a population of native White-clawed crayfish which are a European Protected Species under the Habitats Directive. It is under threat from the non-native Signal crayfish which transmit crayfish plague that is lethal to the native species when introduced to catchments where White-clawed crayfish are found. Signal crayfish have recently been recorded in Cannop Ponds and are suspected to be present throughout the brook. We have an internationally important native white-clawed crayfish population present in parts of the Blackpool catchment and are therefore very concerned about the potential for cross contamination.

The following measures must be undertaken to protect the existing White-clawed crayfish population:

The Cannop and Blackpool are completely separate catchments, if anglers plan to fish both in the same visit to the forest they should fish Blackpool first followed by Cannop and not the other way round to minimise risk of cross contamination.

No crayfish of any species are to be introduced to the catchment.

Please report any sightings of crayfish to the Forestry Commission at

Rules and Regulations
  • National bye-laws must be observed and it is up to anglers to familiarise themselves with these.
  • Flyfishing only
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Catch & release for all species


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