The Lure of Fly Fishing
Dartmoor boasts over 26 miles of stunning rivers cutting across the Moor. Much of this is made up of the East and West Dart and their tributaries as they make their way South to join the River Dart. Dartmoor also features stretches of both the Teign and Taw. All these rivers feature not only fantastic scenery and valuable habitat for amazing wildlife but are also home to some of the finest fly-fishing stretches in the country. Famous for wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon, Dartmoor rivers offer unrivalled surroundings for fly fishing.
Salmon: 1 February – 30 September
Sea Trout: 15 March – 30 September
Brown Trout: 15 March – 30 September
Anyone can try their hand at fly fishing and enjoy a day to remember alongside Dartmoor’s rich, wildlife strewn riverbanks. The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead, is the perfect base to start – whether you are a seasoned expert or an enthusiastic beginner. We can also help you with advice and guidance as the best places to go and to arrange instruction if you need.
The East Dart provides many miles of classic brown trout fishing. Set amongst beautiful moorland, good sport can be had right up to its headwaters. The best of the salmon and sea trout fishing is found in the middle to lower reaches and fishing through pots and boulder runs is required to cover the lies. We recommend anglers explore the whole of this lovely river by fishing between the access points and nearby footpaths are available should anglers not want to retrace their steps along the river.
A small tributary offering challenging fishing for brown trout. The more accessible water is found in the 1km or so below Pizwell Bridge on the right-hand bank and around Runnage Bridge.
A very small stream offering fishing for brown trout. The best fishing is found in the lower reaches, although this is technically challenging due to the abundance of natural flora and the size of the stream.
The West Dart flows through one of the most beautiful valleys on Dartmoor and, although slightly shorter then the East Dart, it is a bigger river due to the influence of several major tributaries. It contains some of the largest pools and glides on Dartmoor, providing excellent brown trout fishing throughout, along with some opportunities for salmon and sea trout fishing.
One of the largest of the Dart tributaries, it has good brown trout fishing with the best water being found between confluence with the West Dart and Oakery Bridge.
One of the most well-known brown trout streams on Dartmoor, it contains lots of good water, the best being found from the confluence with the West Dart to the Lower Cherrybrook Bridge.
A small tributary providing brown trout fishing. It features a number of baffles that have created long stretches of glide. There is a steep section at the bottom end which is very tough walking, so anglers may want to start further upstream.
A small tributary, it starts life just to the south east of Princetown and there is a dam in the middle to upper reaches. Fishing for brown trout through boulder strewn sections and pocket water.
Try Fly Fishing For Yourself
If you fancy trying your hand at fly fishing just let us know and we can arrange everything for you – from professional tuition to making sure you have all the right equipment to get you started!
Ask our staff at reception for more information.