A spotlight on five fisheries well worth a visit
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.
Fishery MonthOFTHEOF THE