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A spot­light on five fish­eries well worth a visit

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Four top fish­eries to visit this month

OVER 700 acres of brown trout fish­ing are yours, amid the rolling Devon hills on the edge of Dart­moor. Road­ford of­fers boat or bank fish­ing and con­tains many lit­tle bays and in­lets to ex­plore. There have been mul­ti­ple catches of 30-plus fish by boat in a sin­gle day here, and nu­mer­ous fish over 5lb caught and re­leased with spec­i­mens just un­der 7lb in the past cou­ple of sea­sons. The best sport has been boat fish­ing over the aer­a­tion pipes in mid-sea­son and fish­ing by boat to­wards the bank in the early sea­son, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the food and shel­ter pro­vided by the sub­merged veg­e­ta­tion. The fishery en­joys good hawthorn fly hatches in May, which make for ex­cel­lent dry fly fish­ing. Rec­om­mended flies are Pheas­ant Tail Nymph, Shrimp and Sedge Pat­terns, Tad­poles, Leech and Black Gnat. The ma­jor­ity of fish are stocked at 7-10 inches in length but some two-pounders are also in­tro­duced. The fishery record is 8lb 4oz. Fish­ing tuition can be ar­ranged at Road­ford: see web­site for de­tails. Road­ford is served by four boats and a Wheely­boat, so book­ing a boat at least 24 hours in ad­vance is ad­vised. There are two petrol en­gines for hire but an­glers may use their own elec­tric out­board. Self-launch for float-tub­ing and kayak fish­ing is also per­mit­ted – please con­tact the staff on site. Camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, show­ers, toi­lets and free car park­ing on site. Meals and re­fresh­ments can be pur­chased at Lake­side cafe.

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