With the warmer weather coming and a host of new fish varieties making their way into season, now is a great time to start planning your fishing breaks. Whether you’re looking for somewhere you can stay and fish for the weekend, something to do for the day or somewhere you can meet with fellow anglers, there are plenty of opportunities to fish in Devon. With rivers, sea and designated fisheries, you can choose the best location for you and even experiment to find the best fishing location to suit you.
There are a host of plaices (excuse the pun) offering fishing holidays with their own onsite fishing lakes or agreements with nearby lakes. One option is the Arundell, an old coaching inn that sits on the Devon/Cornwall border. It’s long been a favourite among flyfishers and offers expert help and advice to those who are taking up the sport for the first time. They have all the equipment and tackle available to hire or buy and are committed to making fishing available to everyone. As one of the leading fly fishing hotels in the country, with 22 miles of private fishing on some of Devon’s most beautiful rivers, their experienced ghillies are available to book for the day to teach you everything there is to know about fly fishing, find out more here.
If you’re visiting with family and need to stay somewhere with access to a host of family friendly attractions, why not stay at Cofton Holidays in Dawlish. With easy access to the popular English Riviera, Cofton Holidays has a host of facilities for the whole family, as well as being well placed to visit some of the top attractions in the region. They also have their own fishing lakes, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds! They have 57 pegs over four lakes where you can find a host of different fish, including carp, bream and tench. The site has both fishing holiday lodges and cottages, as well as caravans and camping opportunities and its own tackle shop so you can stock up on everything you need.
Or if you're keen to spend some time on Dartmoor, there are also fishing opportunities for those staying at the Two Bridges Hotel. Perched on the banks of the West Dart River, this is the perfect spot to enjoy fishing on the National Park. You can pick up your permits from the hotel during your stay and if you need any guidance or advice, speak to the knowledgeable team, who are happy to talk to you about any restrictions.
It isn’t just lakes you can fish in while in Devon, there are plenty of opportunities for sea-fishing too. Places like Brixham, Exmouth and Appledore are great for sea fishing trips and have a host of local species ranging from mackerel through to dogfish and sharks. You can find a variety of sea angling clubs located on both the north and south coasts if you need extra support and fishing trips are available from several harbours, including those at Plymouth, Torquay, Salcombe, Brixham and Dartmouth.
If you have a fishing licence, another option is Mill Farm Devon Holidays. These lakeside cottages are just 10 miles from the coast and among glorious countryside. They're a great option for anyone wanting somewhere quiet to stay for a few days while enjoying the fishing opportunities around North Devon.
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