Guided Salmon Fishing
Devon and Cornwall has some first class salmon fishing and we’re lucky enough to have access to some very productive beats on the Tamar, Exe, Dart and Taw. Our guides and instructors have unsurpassed knowledge of these rivers so if you’re after trying for a Southwest salmon we’ve got you covered.
The Tamar is the most productive river for salmon in Devon and Cornwall and our fishing is set in stunning countryside. Our Tamar beat has deep holding pools where salmon will stack up from late spring on, with superb glide/riffled sections that will swing a fly beautifully. This section of river is best covered with a double handed rod if there’s a drop of water in the river but on low water a single handed rod is perfect. The Tamar is the Devon and Cornish border for almost the entire border, rising a few miles from the North Coast near Meddon and emptying in to the sea at Plymouth.
The Taw is a very good spring river that always delivers some excellent early season sport carrying on till the end of September given decent water. The Taw rises on Dartmoor at Taw Head, a fantastic area for walking and exploring, the river is join by the Torridge at its mouth in Bideford bay.
The river Dart where we fish is a wild and raging river when in spate and this is the time to target salmon. The Dart’s ace card is when the lowland salmon rivers are to high and coloured to fish, the Dart will be at its best. In the upper reaches the river can rise and fall 3 feet in an hour so you can literally wait on the bank for the perfect height. Later in the season when there are a few fish in the system and given good water clarity salmon can be caught off the surface using a riffle hitch, this method in our opinion is the pinnacle of exciting salmon fishing.
Salmon fishing the Exe is a joy, as the name suggests it drains part of Exmoor so the water clarity is very good, the river rises at Exe Head near Simonsbath only 5 miles from the north coast. The Exe near enough flows due south for 60 miles and enters the sea at Exmouth. The wading is mostly easy where we fish due to having predominantly a gravel bed, the water can be covered with a single hander in low water but its best fished with a double hander in higher water.