THE RIVER OTTER
The River Otter rises in the Blackdown Hills above Otterhead Lakes near Otterford and flows south south west to the Sea at Budleigh Salterton. It is a limestone trout stream that has many carachteristics of a chalk stream and can be fished using the same tactics. The opportunities for fishing are few if you are not a club member as day tickets are not issued but:-
FISHING THE OTTER
There is just one area where day ticket are available and that is the Deer Park Hotel Fishery near Honiton. It consists of 2 miles of very nice fishing, split into 7 beats (the boundaries of which are rarely adhered to as fishing pressure is usually light) and these are split into lower and upper areas.
Access to the upper beats is via the Deer Park Hotel drive and the lower beats are accessed via Colhayes Farm just off of the A30.
The dry fly fishing can be excellent and the falls of terestrials impressive. There is a mayfly period of about two weeks that is usually at the end of May or sometimes the last week and first week of June and some good fish can be caught at this time. The wild stocks are substituted with one stocking a year of fish up to 2lbs. There are no grayling and only a few sea-trout are caught up this far, although fish of 6lb+ have been seen spawning here in the winter.
Fishing is free for hotel residents. For non residents please see below for the list of prices for the Deer Park fishing in Devon.
Full day ticket: £30
Half day ticket: £20
Full rod: £400 per year
Half rod: £275 per year
There is free fishing, for EA licence holders, from the footbridge below Otterton to the road bridge, that belongs to the Clinton Devon Estates. The fly can be used to good effect here and although it is a bit of a walk, the fishing can be very good, especially since sea-trout are regularly caught and bass and mullet are also present. The footpath is a public one so care must be taken and also be careful not to spook the mullet as they alert the entire river to your presence! Spinning is also allowed.