Dartmoor: East Dart

Main River

Dartmoor: River Dart – Main River

12km mixed single and double bank

The East Dart provides many miles of classic brown trout fishing. Set amongst beautiful moorland, good sport can be had right up to its headwaters. The best of the salmon and sea trout fishing is found in the middle to lower reaches (between and ) and fishing through pots and boulder runs is required to cover the lies. We recommend anglers explore the whole of this lovely river by fishing between the access points, and nearby footpaths are available should anglers not want to retrace their steps along the river. N.B. There is no fishing on the left hand bank (looking downstream) from the confluence of the Wallabrook to below Dartmeet. There is no fishing on the right hand bank from 250m upstream of Dartmeet to the confluence with the W. Dart.

Parking & Access

For the upper river go to (Postbridge), for the middle river go to (Bellever) and for the lower river go to (Dartmeet).

How to buy your Permit

To buy a Dartmoor permit please go to one of the agents shown on the map (below). You will be handed your fishing permit and blank catch return. Fill in your details on the permit and then get fishing…tight lines..! After fishing – complete a catch return (you could win a new fly rod!) – and drop it into one of the agents or post it to: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Park, Stoke Climsland, Callington PL17 8PH.

Beat Details

Trout: 15 Mar to 30 Sep

Sea Trout: 15 Mar to 30 Sep

Salmon: 1 Feb to 30 Sept

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Dartmoor fishing prices

(season, week & day permits)

Salmon/sea trout (season): £150

Salmon/sea trout (week): £85

Salmon/sea trout (day): £30

Brown trout season: £70.

Brown trout week: £30

Brown trout day: £10

Please note: Westcountry Angling Passport tokens can be used to pay for Dartmoor fishing permits. Anglers must keep their fishing permit with them at all times when fishing. Please observe the conservation measures and regulations detailed overleaf. Anglers must complete a catch return – it is a requirement of your Dartmoor permit and can now be done online.

Fishing Guide Videos

There are a large number of video guides to fishing on Dartmoor streams. In this the Field Sports Channel try for a fish on the River Dart in Devon.

“It’s some of the best-value trout fishing in England and it is available thanks to the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, owned by HRH the Prince of Wales. But do we get one – or has His Royal Highness had the lot?”

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