Whether you’re an expert looking for new waters or a novice wanting to give it a try, Devon is a great place to try your hand at fly fishing. From hotels offering fly fishing tuition to some offering fishing stays and rivers all over the county perfect for everything from salmon to brown trout – you’re spoiled for choice here.
Here are some of our top tips for fly fishing locations across Devon.
With over 20 miles of river available, the waters here have been called a fisherman’s paradise. Not only that but the hotel itself is a haven for anglers, providing everything you need to enjoy your day out on the river. Here you'll find 25 miles of fishing, a fly fishing school and tackle shop and 6 ghillies available for tuition, it's the ultimate place to plan a fishing break in Devon.
Simpson Valley Fishery
Holsworthy, EX22 6JW
This series of lakes in North Devon are well known for their trout stock and are a great choice during the winter months. Not only that, but it offers great value for money, so it’s an ideal spot for someone who is just getting into the sport or wants to try it out. There’s also some lovely picnic spots around the lakes, making it a good family destination.
Bratton Water Fishery
Loxhore, Barnstaple, EX31 4ST
If you’re looking for a picturesque spot for fly fishing, give this place a go. There are several fish species to be found here, with brown trout being the most dominant.
Beaworthy, EX21 5XT
This mature site is stocked with some unusual species including blue, gold and tiger trout as well as a few rainbows depending on the season.
Tavistock Trout Fishery
Tavistock, PL19 9JW
Another one for trout, the various pools here are ideal for anyone on the hunt for rainbow and brown trout, with some good sized fish on offer. The fishery here also run a number of fly fishing breaks with self catering accommodation available – get in touch with them to find out more.
Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4ET
This lake is fed by a natural spring ensuring incredibly clear water that rarely freezes over, so if you’re planning a winter break, this might be a good place to spend a few hours casting your lines.
Tiverton, EX16 9EX
This is more of a secluded spot that features smaller lakes, making it great for beginners or those who are feeling a little rusty. There are regular competitions taking place here, so check their calendars before booking a space.
Hatchlands Trout Farm
South Brent, TQ10 9LN
Full of rainbow trout, this site located within the South Hams part of Devon right on the edge of Dartmoor is a lovely, picturesque place which offers instruction as well as somewhere that well versed anglers can enjoy themselves.
Upper Yealm Fishery
Plymouth, PL7 5JY
Ideal for brown trout, sea trout and salmon in a peaceful location. There are around 1KM of double bank fly fishing here with brown trout in the winter and sea trout in the summer months.
The River Dart
Whether you are on the east or west Dart there are some 26 miles of fishing available with brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Season tickets are available from a range of outlets across Dartmoor.
Fox and Hounds Hotel
This hotel offers amazing fishing short breaks as well as having the Devon School of Fly Fishing onsite. The qualified guides provide you with everything you need to know about fly fishing on both the River Taw and their own private fishing areas on the River Tamar and Exe.
There are a number of accommodation providers near rivers and lakes that offer fishing short breaks, whether that is flyfishing, sea fishing or freshwater fishing. Cofton Holidays is for example have a number of their own fisheries and others have agreements with top fly fishing spots allowing you to organise the best fishing break in the county.