DEVON FISHING AND

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A recent post which might be of more general interest follows. Meanwhile, this blog is suspended for a short while.

In the April 2016 issue of Trout & Salmon, one of the magazine’s Devonshire correspondents, James Beeson, offers the following tips …

THE WALLABROOK BELOW BELLEVER BRIDGE

At first glance it doesn’t look like much, being a very narrow stream. In summer there will often be a picnic or two taking place beside the bridge, an overspill from the screaming, splashing, barbecuing chaos of the Bellever Forest visitors’ area. But if you follow the Wallabrook downstream you will find pools deep enough to flood chest waders and lots of quick, bright trout. The high banks are lined with gorse bushes and tough bristle grass that will punish any inaccuracy, but that is all part of the challenge. If I had to choose one place to fish for the rest of my lIfe it would be here. Back at the bridge it is worth a cast in the pool, especially outside of holiday season.”

A trout ticket for East and West Dart and tributaries costs £10. See westcountryangling.comor call 01579 372140.

James Beeson writes: “A 9 ft 4 wt rod is my choice for Dartmoor. You might want to step down to a 3 wt for some of the smaller streams. As with the Walkham, the Wallabrook takes a while to warm up and things don’t really get going until April. Olives are important, particularly in the spring. I prefer emergers to full-floating dry flies, usually size 14. In summer, midges dominate and F-flies in smaller sizes work well. From July onwards, elk hair caddis patterns are useful and their buoyancy means you can hang a nymph below them. PTNs with either a gold or black beadhead, sizes 14 to 16, are my go-to pattern.”

THE WALKHAM FROM DARTMOOR INN, MERRIVALE, DOWNSTREAM TO WARD BRIDGE

The author is describing a two-mile beat run by the Tavy Walkham & Plym Fishing Club (twpfishing.net). It involves a bit of clambering, through rocky woodland, but he says:

There are sandy-bottomed pools, clean gravel runs and deep, dark plunge pools that usually hold the bigger fish. A shorter rod is useful for tight spaces. .The fishing rarely gets going before April with the best of it being May and June. Try olive, stonefly, midge and caddis imitations in sizes 14 to 18. Adding a beadhead PTN on a dropper can often produce fish when there is little surface activity. Target the foam lines and slack areas around boulders, but don’t ignore the fast water at the heads of pools – it can be surprising where a big trout will take up station.”

The full article also recommends the River Thrushel, accessed via the carpark at the Dingles fairground heritage centre, and the Inny, on the Cornish side of the Tamar, via Trekelland Bridge. The Arundell Arms at Lifton is the contact point for the Thrushel and the Launceston Angling Association runs most of the Inny and sells day tickets through the Post Office at Lewannick.

Endsfornow …

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