Salmon Seasons of The South West

River Avon Apr 15 to Nov 30
River Axe Mar 15 to Oct 31
River Camel Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Dart Feb 1 to Sep 30
River Erme Mar 15 to Oct 31
River Exe Feb 14 to Sep 30
River Fal Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Fowey Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Frome Mar 1 to Aug 31
River Lim Mar 1 to Sep 30
River Looe Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Lyn Feb 1 to Oct 31
River Lynher Mar 1 to Oct 14
River Otter Mar 15 to Oct 31
River Piddle Mar 1 to Aug 31
River Plym Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Seaton Apr 1 to Dec 15
River Sid Mar 15 to Oct 31
River Tamar Mar 1 to Oct 14
River Tavy Mar 1 to Oct 14
River Taw Mar 1 to Sep 30
River Teign Feb 1 to Sep 30
River Torridge Mar 1 to Sep 30
River Yealm Apr 1 to Dec 15

Rivers Need Rain Now

The West Country rivers are getting very low again with all the hot weather we are having.

The last river still hanging on to some water from the rain of 10 days ago is the Tamar with this nice fish of 11lb coming to a blue, black and silver 15mm tube on Monday 22nd May.

The fish came from Woodtown Pool on Beat 2 of The Endsleigh Fishing Club water at 2:22pm.

A Great First at The Rising Sun

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Hawkridge Char

Hawkridge had a fantastic weeks fishing with plenty of fish being caught all over the lake. The lake record for an arctic char was broken by Matt Hopkins which weighed in at 6lbs 3oz, D Plumridge had four fish totalling 33lbs 3oz with the largest fish weighing over 13lbs, Kev Perry bagged a cracking rainbow totalling 12lb 4oz, plenty of brown trout and arctic char are being caught by the life buoy on the far side.
Fishing the deeper water by the dam from boats or bank is highly recommended.  Anglers who fish floating or intermediate lines with Blue Flash Damsel, Gold Head Montana or Cats Whisker return with good catches.

More brown trout are going to be stocked within the next week or so!

Matt Hopkins - Arctic Char
Matt Hopkins 6lbs 3oz Arctic Char

Winter Fishing on SWLT Lakes

Here are the prices for Rainbow Trout fishing in November. All prices will stay the same throughout October.


November Only

Kennick £8.50 for two fish

Wimbleball £8.50 for two fish

Siblyback £8.00 for two fish

Burrator £8.00 for two fish and £10.00 for three fish

Wistlandpound £7.00 for two fish

Stithians £7.00 for two fish

Drift £7.00 for two fish

Anglers may buy more than one permit if they so wish.

Burrator is the only lake which will be open all winter and it will be stocked. Tickets will be £8.00 for two fish and £10.00 for three fish during December, January and February. Burrator will then close at the end of February for two weeks until the new season starts in mid March 2016. Permits for Burrator will be available from the permit room in the Warden’s Yard opposite Burrator Lodge. A winter season permit for Burrator will be available for £75.00 for four fish per week from 1st December to the end of February. It will be available to purchase by telephoning 01566 771930.

A Recent Rise = Fish


A 7.5lb sea trout from the Torridge.


The various bodies that look after the main reservoir fisheries have announced their pricing and season dates for 2014.

There are no big shocks on either score, except some rather radical changes to the Wessex Water seasons, with Sutton Bingham starting and finishing early and Hawkridge starting a fortnight before previous years: –

Sutton Bingham Reservoir:                            12 February 2014 – 7 September 2014

Hawkridge Reservoir:                                     28 February 2014 – 19 October 2014

Clatworthy Reservoir:                                     12 March 2014 – 5 October 2014

For full details click on the corresponding link in the left hand margin.

South West Lakes Reservoir Levels

An excellent resource for ascertaining the hight of the water in any of The SWLT reservoirs can be found at Have a look if you a planning a fishing trip to Devon.

It is clear that at the moment the levels are very low indeed, which is why, as of early September, the boats are out fishing the bank on a lot of waters.


Ok so the rains didn’t come in August; but be not down-hearted. September is THE month for salmon fishing in the West Country. Given rain then all rivers will fish, with the Taw, Torridge, Tamar and Exe leading the way. The Dart can produce good numbers of fish too as can the tributaries of all the above.

Experimental extensions excluded, September is the final month to try for a salmon on most Devon rivers and is normally the best time too, along with the first two weeks of October on the Tamar system.

There is no need to change tactics too drastically. The intermediate line is a useful tool and bigger flies can be brought back into service. The sink-tip is still the favourite choice and if used with sinking poly leaders of varying densities or flies of varying weights, most depths and lies can be searched for that autumn fish.

The border and Cornish rivers carry on into October and beyond, but for September salmon stick to the big four.

See links on the left and also the individual river pages for availability of rods.

Workshop Pool

This is Workshop on The Rising Sun Water, River Taw


September is also the last month for trout fishing in all West Country rivers and anglers should concentrate on fishing the Daddy Long-Legs during the day and sedges late afternoon and evenings. The former will often take school peal too that have been in the system for a while but have an underlying silver tinge that distinguishes them from their permanently resident brethren.

On stillwaters the Daddy is also a key fly this month and general nymphs will continue to fish well. There should be good sport on sedges in the afternoons too in calmer conditions. Rain will liven things up and floating/intermediate lines will do the business. The water temperature is very warm and sinking lines should not normally be required – although always have a range of them to hand just in case.

Tight Lines everyone.

A Lovely Day At Clatworthy 2012

A Lovely Day At Clatworthy 2012



The sea-trout fishing is still ok and if we get a little rain the salmon will be encouraged to move up river. The brown trout fishing is limited to early and late in this hot weather, but catch a day with cloud cover and a slight breeze and the dry fly action is great.

There is still plenty of time to plan a break here in the West Country so have a look around and get in touch.

Tight lines all.

It’s All Coming Together At Last

Well the rain has stopped, the weather is warming up and the flies are starting to hatch. The hawthorne eventually arrived and the first mayflies have come off in sufficient numbers to bring up the odd fish, but only in a few isolated areas. The medium olive hatches are quite good in some areas and are a reliable taker of fish when matched with a decent imitation.

One good legacy of the recent rains is that the sea-trout are making it through to the upper reaches of some of the rivers and also salmon have been able to push through to water that low water prevents them from reaching. Essentially this means that the hotel waters of The Fox & Hounds on the Taw, The Half Moon on the Torridge and the Arundell Arms on the Tamar should all start fishing well very soon.

Plan a fishing break in the West Country for June and you should be A/OK.