Trout Fishing

We extend a warm welcome to all trout anglers. The range of fishing we offer ensures excellent sport for all abilities. Our still water fisheries are among the best in the west and vary in size from around 50 to over 900 acres!

Our fisheries are picturesque and atmospheric lakes, including countless secluded bays, weedy shores and tree line margins to explore. We boast rainbows, browns and a large number of blues of the highest quality. Traditional fly fishing is the rule at our stocked fisheries, although other methods can be used at our free wilderness trout waters. 

Young People and Newcomers

We are working hard to encourage young people and newcomers to take up the sport. Under 12s may fish for free when sharing their parents’ bag limit. Throughout the season, we host open days and events where we offer free fly fishing tuition for all.

Boat Fishing

Boats are available at most of our waters which provide an alternative to bank angling. These may be pre-booked and we advise calling in advance to check availability at each fishery.

Access for All

Most of the waters benefit from facilities designed for disabled or wheelchair anglers, either by platforms or Wheelyboats. These boats must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

Clubs

A number of the fisheries have associated local clubs. These are a great way to meet fellow anglers, as well as participating in competitions and social events. We run four competitions during the season with two singles, one pairs and one team of four competition. More details of each of these are available on our competitions page.

Environment Agency Rod Licence

Anglers on all our waters must have a valid Environment Agency rod licence which are available from post offices or via the Environment Agency. The only exception may be when attending a bona fide course or a coaching session with a qualified coach – please check beforehand.

South West Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trust is the managing charity of SW Lakes Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes fisheries hosted the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships; Scotland took gold and England won silver. 

Reporting an Incident:

If you notice any incidents which may be of concern during your visit, including poaching, we would be very grateful if you could complete the short form at the following link, which will help us build a picture of incidents that impact on your fishing, enabling us to address them more effectively over time. Thank you.

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Fernworthy Reservoir, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 8EA

Fernworthy Reservoir is a beautiful location comprising meadows, woodlands and moorland. Set on one of the highest points of Dartmoor, scenic lakeside views are complemented by a rich cultural heritage – including ancient stone cairns, Bronze Age hut circles and a submerged clapper bridge.

Fernworthy offers traditional fly fishing for wild and stocked brown trout. Fish up to 4lbs are stocked at an average size of 10-12 inches; however, there is also a good head of wild fish.

Fishing is from the bank only. Traditional dark fly patterns such as black gnats, bibios, beetles, hoppers and sedge patterns are most productive. Fish the margins and walk the banks to cover as much water as you can to locate the fish.

Catch and release is possible but barbless hooks must be used. Otherwise, up to four fish over 7" may be taken in a day.

Day and season permits are available. Why not try our special ‘Castabout’ season permit that covers all our stocked brown trout waters (Fernworthy/Roadford and Colliford)?

CLICK HERE FOR AN ANGLERS' GUIDE TO FERNWORTHY RESERVOIR

   

   

Fishery Information

Address: Fernworthy Reservoir, Near Chagford, Devon TQ13 8EA

Fishery Size: 78 acres

Species: Brown Trout (fly fishing only)

Season Date: 15 March – 12 October

Day Permits: Available online, self-service on site or by calling South West Lakes Trust on 01566 771930

Season Permits: Available online or by calling South West Lakes Trust on 01566 771930

Fishery Contact: 01647 277587

Float Tubing: View our Float Tubing Good Practise Guidelines

Best Flies: Sedgehog, Black Gnat, Invicta, G&H Sedge, Hoppers, Kate Mclaren

FIND SEASON DATES AND PRICES HERE

Tuition

Dave Hoskin Tel: 01647 252 244 [email protected]www.dartmoorschoolofflyfishing.com
Richard Jackson Tel: 01647 246 65 [email protected]www.devonflyfisher.com
John Hern Tel: 01392 464917 [email protected]
Andy Watson Tel: 07587 219 213 [email protected]
Dil Singh [email protected]www.dsflyfishing.co.uk
Geoff Stephens Tel: 0774 986 7393 [email protected]www.flyfishingdevon.co.uk

 

Latest Catch Reports:

These catch reports are only possible if you fill in a catch return

Fernworthy Catch Report season ending 12.10.2020

Fernworthy Catch Report w.e 4.10.2020 

 

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Whenever you leave the lakes, remember to Check, Clean, Dry

Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish. Protect the environment and sport you enjoy by cleaning your kit before and after using the water.

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Facilities:

Fernworthy Reservoir facilities include a car park (free to anglers) and toilets.