The Westcountry Rivers Trust
Has done some stalwart work to offer access to 35 beats on Dartmoor Fishery and the East and West dart with their fishing token scheme. The tokens can also be used on South West Lake Trust waters and on Passport Schemes throughout the UK.
To get the full information on this excellent initiative go to their web site where you will find the wide ranging locations throughout Devon and Cornwall that you can fish. Goto Westcountry Rivers Trust or call 01579 372140.
Highly recommended whether you live in the Westcountry or are visiting with a view to do a bit of fishing.
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Wild fishing on a 50 acre reseroir on South Dartmoor. Fishing is from the bank only, fly, spinning or bait.
Free fishing witha 4 fish bag limit.
There is a toilet for diabled persons at the car park but looking at the fishery it would be optimistic if a wheelchair user could fish here.
Google Map 50.471146, -3.862611 Post Code TQ10 9ED
Bellbrook Valley Trout Fishery
A UK top 30 fishery Bellbrook had 5 lakes on a 40 acre site. The lakes "cascade" down the Bellbrook Valley connected by the brook. There is high water quality promoting good fly life.
The fishery is stocked on a trickle basis ensuring a constant stock level of rainbows, brown trout and blues.
4 Lakes Bodmin, Dartmoor, Exmoor and Sedgemoor have average stockies of about 2.5lb with a few biggies to give suprises. Ironmill is a specimen lake with fish of 4lbs up to 20lbs, the average is over 5lbs.
Bodmin is the only catch and release water, it is also wheelchair accessible.
Call 07967 335159 to book a ticket, not a requirement but it is a busy fishery.
Google Map 50.970171, -3.572893Post Code EX16 9EX
A gin clear spring fed lake in a beautiful setting of gardens with ornamental ponds full of koi and such - not for fishing. Just a short hop from Barnstaple.
The lake is stocked regularly throughout the year with rainbows and brown trout to maintain good stock levels.
There is a waterside cafe where you can have a proper cream tea, now is it jam first or cream in Devon? They have a tackle shop too.
Open all year except Xmas day, call 01271 344533.
Google Map 51.103299, -4.051648Post Code EX31 4ET
This fishery located near Loxhore specialises in stocking only brown trout which they rear on site. Some lovely fish too. The fish range from 2 to 10lbs and are trickle stocked to maintain constant levels.
Fishing is catch and take, no C & R. Once you reach your limit if you want to fish on you buy an other ticket.
There is a cabin on site with WC and flies on sale.
Call 01271 850642
Google Map51.115151, -3.974295 Post Code EX31 4SY
Near Yelverton, fishing for rainbows and blues to lbs with a few doubles to 14lbs added. to the mix. Catch and release for wild brown trout.
There are rowing boats and a wheelieboat run by Burrator and Sibly Fly Fishing and Angling Association but for members us only.
Permits from the Wardens Yard opposite the Burrator Centre. Call 01566 771930 for more information.
Google Map Reference 50.494075, -4.044501 Post Code PL20 6PE
Burrator Fly Fishers
Membership is open to anyone for a relativelty small fee. No phone number but Google them and on the right hand side, top of the page you will find email contacts.
Exe Valley Fishery
Established in 1968 this fishery has 2 lakes. Located near Dulveron on the edge of the Exemoor National Park the lakes are fed by water from the river Barle which ensures the water is comfortable for the fish all year, especially in the summer.
The lakes are:
Anchor, 2 acres, fly only, stocked with own reared rainbows with some brown and blue trout to specimen size added to the mix. This lake has recently been drained and rebuilt consolidating banks and adding some depth. New platforms with non slip surfaces have been installed.
Lobbs, this lake was being re themed in 2017, they are stocking with trploid rainbows on a weekly basis.
Call 01398 323008
Google Map Post Code TA22 9AY
Near Chagford, bank fishing only for wild and stocked brown trout, fly fishing. Fish go from 7 inches to 4lbs at least. Permits from a self service kiosk.
Flies recommended Black Gnat, Invicta, Sedge.
Parking and a loo on site.
Google Map Reference 50.641021, -3.887015 Post Code Tq13 8EA
Goodisford Mill Fishery
Near Collompton, trout and course fishery (carp to 30lbs) stocked with triploid rainbows, browns and tiger trout raised from eggs on site. Stocked daily with fish of 1.5 - 2.5lbs with several double figure fish included. Best flies Pheasant tails, gold headed buzzers and anything yellow all fished on floating lines with a long leader. Call 01884 266233 Google Map Reference 50.867323, -3.342371
Hatchlands Trout Farm Trout Farm
A mixed trout and coarse fishery with two coarse lakes and a trout lake located near Rattery. All of the lakes are fed with water from the river Harbourne.
The trout lake is stocked with rainbows 1.5lbs to 5lbs from their own fish farm. From time to time they pop in some brown and blue trout. No Catch and release.
There is a shop on site and toilet and shower facilities.
Call 01364 735000 or 07768772473
Google Map 50.430167, -3.782612 Post Code TQ10 9LN
Hollies Trout Farm
Nestling in a wooded valley near Sheldon the fishery has 2 lakes and a pool totalling 2.5 acres of water. Stocked regularly with fish 1.75lbs to doubles.
There is a tackle shop on site and they also smoke their own trout as well as salmon which you can buy, or get them to smoke your catch.
The car park is close to a lake which is helpful to less able anglers. Loos on site too.
Call 01404 841428
Google Map 50.864349, -3.249795 Post Code EX14 4QS
Up on Dartmoor this fishery is restricted for anglers only. A well stocked fly only fishery holding rainbow trout up to 7lbs with fish to 14lbs added to the mix plus hard fighting blues. There are resident brown trout to 8lbs, C & R only.
A wheelie boat is available giving 48 hours notice, call the ranger on 01647 252898. Permits from the Anglers Lodge or out of hours from a self service kiosk.
Best flies, buzzer, damsel, average bag just over 2 fish.
Google Map Reference 50.584335 -3.670854 Post Code EX6 7NZ
Little Warham Fishery
Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing on a 2 mile stretch of the Torridge. Split into 4 beats for 4 / 5 rods rotating at lunch time. There are 17 named pools.
Located between Dolton Bridge and Beam Weir, Great Torrington the beats have some good fly water.
Salmon start coming in April to May but the best runs are during the summer and August especially if there is a bit of water. Fishing is fly only after 1st April. The best salmon was 33lbs, sea trout do come in at up to 10lbs, best 13lbs. There are also some excellent brown trout for the dry fly.
There is a Tudor style lodge with an open fish (and an etching of that 33 pounder above the fire).
To enquire call 01805 603317.
Google Map 50.915807, -4.088164 Post Code EX19 8AB
Free fishing for wild brown trout on this lake in open moorland near Okehampton. Fly, spinning and bait permitted 4 fish limit.
There are toilets at the car park with a facility for disabled. It is about 150 yards to the end of the dam wall where wheelchair users might get a cast.
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River Exe and Tributaries Association
RETA was formed when major local hotels stopped dealing with fishing on the Exe and Barle. In co-operation with local fishery owners and Dulverton AA they has secured access to a number of beats on the Exe and Barle fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling for locals and visitors. They list 14 beats.
You can fish for salmon for £30 a day or a tenner for quality brown trout. Or join Dulverton AA for £35.
They have 3 beats on the Exe, contact the Exeter Angling Centre on 01392 436404.
Any profits are reinvested in the River Exe Project working to improve the river.
Positioned on the edge of Dartmoor this 738 acre lake is home to excellent stocks of brown trout, reconed to be one of the best brown trout waters in the UK.
Fishing is from bank and boat with great catches (30+) from boats and bank fishing is no laggard in terms of performance either.
The lake is stocked with fish 7 to 10 inches with a good number going to 2lbs. Growth rate is good with lots of aqautic fare for fish to browse on. Many fish to 5lbs are caught every yaer with some going to 7lbs. Fish that have grown on, fighting fit.
Hot spots around the aerator in the summer or just drifting along the shore casting towards the bank loch style.
There are just 4 boats so you should book well in advance to be sure of getting one. 2 petrol outboards are for hire but you can bring your own electric motor. Float tubing and kayak fishing is allowed but speak to staff first.
There is also a wheely boat, call 01409 211507 to book boats.
The season is 15th March to 12st October this being a brown trout fishery. Season tickets online from SW Water web site
There is an activity centre where you can buy your permit or out of hours there is a ticket machine on site. There is the Lakeside Cafe for meals, toilets and showers and a camp site.
Best flies black gnat (there is a great Hawthorn hatch in May), pheasant tail nymph, sedge patterns, tadpoles and leaches and shrimp patterns.
Google Map 50.695651, -4.239183 Post Code PL16 0JL
Simpson Valley Coarse and Trout Fishery
Located just off the A3072 near Holsworthy the fishery consists of 3 coarse and 2 trout lakes plus there is a specimen carp and predator lake. The lakes are:
Jenny Wren is a fly only trout lake stocked with rainbows 2 to 15lbs, brownies 1.5 to 10lbs, blues 2 to 10lbs and tigers.
Skylark, is a 1 acre lake for rainbows, brownies and blues 1 to 6lb range, fly or lure fishing allowed.
Upper Fuzzy, 1.5 acres with 30 common and mirror carp to 31lbs, pike to mid 20s plus perch, tench, roach, rudd, gudgeon, chub.
Lower Fuzzy, 1.25 acres with tench, bream, to 12lbs, roach, rudd, crucians, perch to 4lns and gudgeon.
Martins has lots of carp from tiddlers to 16lbs plus bream, tench, roach, rudd, perch, and gudgeon.
Mallard, a 2.5 acre specimen carp and pike lake with in the 18 to 30lb range and pike to 30lbs (fly or lure for pike)
Call 07881 764655 or 07855 413672
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Tavistock Trout Fishery
The fishery has 5 lakes fed from the waters of the river Tavy which keeps the lakes refreshed.
The lakes are stocked weekly with tripliod rainbows, brown trout, tigers, blue and golden trout. If you want to see a selection of big fish have a butchers at thier web site, you need to be a beefy boy to hold up some of those fish. Best rainbow 32lbs 11ozs, best brownies 13lbs 4ozs, get the picture?
Fishing is from Tuesday to Sunday dawn til dusk, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays.
There is a takle shop on site and seating areas. Nearby they also have a pub, The Trout and Tipple where there are toilets including facilities for disabled and for nappy changing (just in case you are introducing your kids to fishing at an early age).
Permits from the tackle shop or if closed there is an intercom to the farm house. Call 01822 615441
Google Map 50.560991, -4.127372Post Code PL19 0JS
Pike fishing, fish to 30lbs. Please make advanced booking, 48 hours notice. Call 01647 277587 for permits. Google Map Reference 50.629466, -3.689918 50.629474, -3.689066
A 33 acre reservoir in an attractive moorland area with free fishing for wild brown trout. Fly, spinning, bait.
There is a picnic area at the car park with toilets. There is a footpath around the lake.
Google Map 50.526117, -3.855896 Post Code TQ13 7SS
Up on Exmoor near Barnstaple Wistlandpound is a 41 acre water surrounded in conifer woodland. Untill 2018 the reservoir had been stocked with brown trout to 4lbs. Stocking has now stopped and the permit price reduced to reflect this however prospect remain good as there are a number of good feeder streams for spawning, brownies will procreate. Fish here are known to be free rising, especially of an evening. Fly only.
Season and day tickets avaiable from The Calvert Trust reception on site, Challacombe Post Office, Variety Sports and Richardsons Newsagents in Ilfracombe.
There is a fishing club on this water, Wistlandpound Fly Fishing Clab who have boats for use by members, it is just £14 to join and you get a discount on the permit, worth it i'd say, call 01271 883252.
The calvert Trust have a wheelieboat for hire call 01598 763221.
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