Westcountry Angling

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The Westcountry Angling Passport

The Angling Passport Scheme offers fishing for wild brown trout, sea trout, salmon, grayling and coarse fish in unrivalled surroundings.  There are 38 beats available as Token Fisheries and also the extensive Dartmoor Fishery on the East and West Dart and tributaries.  In addition, Westcountry Angling Passport tokens can be used at all of the South West Lakes Trust Fisheries and also on most of the other Passport Schemes around the UK.

Tokens are bought in books of 10 valued at £2.50 per token with Token Fishery beats ranging from 2 to 6 tokens per angler per day.  The Dartmoor Fishery operates on a day, week or season ticket basis starting at £10 for a day’s brown-trouting; tokens can be used as payment or part payment to purchase Dartmoor tickets.

As in previous years, tokens can be bought here on the website or through our token outlets.  Dartmoor Fishery tickets are available through the network of Dartmoor outlets; please refer to the website for full details.

There are a few changes from last year; we no longer offer the facility to book beats online, and we are not producing a paper brochure – however all the beat information can be found on the passport website where it can be downloaded to your smartphone or printed out.  The Westcountry Angling Passport offers a huge wide of opportunities to go fishing on a flexible basis at very reasonable prices that we really hope you enjoy.  Please check out the website and let us know what you think and tight lines for 2015!

Visit some of the Westcountry's most spectacular fishing

All you need to do is browse through our fishing beats, decide which one you want to vist, buy some tokens and start packing your gear..!

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iGhillie Video Fishing Guides

We have 10 short film clips that introduce you to a fishing beat or provide interesting information about fishing in the Westcountry.

The ghillie for each film will lead you through how best to approach the beat in question, the best techniques to use and the main areas to concentrate on.

The Tips and Tactics film is a compilation of information, both angling and environmental that fishermen may be interested in and the Fly Tying film aims at giving the beginner confidence to have a try at tying their own flies and provide tips to the more experienced fly tiers.

2015 Season Summary

2015 Season Summary (17.11.2015 – to be updated) Westcountry Angling Passport At WRT we headed into 2015 with some trepidation, we had lost a number of beats from previous years and we could no longer afford to produce the printed brochure.  How would anglers manage this year, particularly without the brochure and having to rely on downloadable beat details?  On top of this, the Booking Office was not going to operate with these beats reverting to token fisheries.        Although we didn’t want to make these changes something had to happen to ensure the scheme could continue.  All in all and given the scale of the changes, things have gone well, most anglers have stuck with us, gone fishing and caught some fish – thank you. The updated website has worked well (apart from the occasional glitch with the token shop) and we made a beat details brochure available for purchase later in the season; this has been popular even at £4.99 so we intend to offer this again next season. Fishing – another cool spring, the third in row, meant sport was a little slow to get going.  It was hard work until around May although some sport was had with grayling and brown trout in the relatively low water.  Reports of diseased salmon and sea trout were also coming in, something that got worse as the season went on resulting in the introduction of an emergency byelaw on the Dart confining salmon fishing to catch and release only; thankfully, it seems that some healthy fish did come into most catchments later in the season. The mayfly really... read more

Time to go fishing….. the mayfly are up!

If you haven’t been fishing yet, now is definitely the time to get out and about – the mayfly have finally started in earnest. The picture above is one of the many seen at Druxton on the Tamar (beat 19) late yesterday afternoon. By 5pm they had really got going, some were huge and seemed almost as big as the swifts that were also flitting about the place. The fish were showing all over the place but particularly in the faster runs where the rises were typically explosive as they cashed in on the bonanza. Obviously timing is crucial as the Mays won’t be coming off in numbers all day and in all locations but if the weather stays reasonably settled, now would be a very good time to try and coincide with a hatch. If you do get out, we hope you get... read more

The Kingfisher Diaries

Some of you may have already seen this but local man and well travelled international angler, Will Martin, has a fortnightly column in the Western Morning News focused on exploring some of the best wild fishing beats in the region. The first diary was published in the paper on 23 April and is still available on line if you google ‘Western Morning News Kingfisher Diaries’. It focuses on Will’s early season trip to the Grist Mill beat on the Little Dart; this beat was formerly part of the very popular Essebeare beat that is sadly no longer part of the scheme. On the plus side Grist Mill can be fished for £10/day by calling 01884 860625. Will’s latest excursion, this time to the Champerhaies beat on the River Culm, was published last Wednesday. Tough fishing in bright and cold conditions but Will did manage to winkle out a fish. The regular fortnightly column will continue over the coming months usually on a Wednesday or Thursday and will cover a range of Passport and other local beats available to the angling public. It will be interesting to see how Will gets on as the season progresses. Things are gradually warming up and there is a little rain forecast which bodes well so will look forward to the next... read more

Lake Trout Fishing Season Off to a Flyer!

Lake Trout Fishing Season Off to a Flyer! The South West Lakes Trust Trout fishing season has got off to a terrific start with all the venues producing some fantastic opening weekend sport. Kennick near Exeter produced a rod average of 7.6 fish per person. The largest was a Rainbow of 6lb 3oz for Mr D Hants from Torquay, part of a 25 fish bag including 11 Blue Trout. There were also two Rainbows of 6lb 1oz recorded and further fish of 5lb 7oz, 5lb 4oz, 4lb 1oz and a Brownie of 3lb 8oz. The best bag was caught by Mr D Learnaham of Torquay with 40 fish caught and released from a boat. Successful flies were Vivas, Damsels, Montanas and Buzzers. Kennick is stocked weekly and permits are available from the Lodge on site. Boats can be booked on 01647 252898. Wimbleball near Dulverton, Somerset also had a good opening weekend despite the very cold weather (around 4 degrees all weekend) with a rod average of 5.6. The best fish recorded was a Rainbow of 2lb 1oz from Mr J Sweatman. There were 8 full bags from 9 anglers. Single lures worked well with Tadpoles, Blobs and Cats Whiskers proving popular. A team of nymphs also produced a number of fish. Boats and engines can be booked on 01398 371460. Siblyback near Liskeard provided some amazing fishing with two anglers recording 18 fish each. Mr D Symonds from Launceston caught 20 fish all on catch and release. Ron Wilday had the largest Rainbow at 4lb 14oz, John Rumbold from Callington recorded a Rainbow at 4lb and there were... read more