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Name:  Bruno Vincent Beat Fished:  Sydenham Date Fished: 10/8/17

At least 15 Grayling upto 12 inches, 8-10 brown trout to 12 inches and loads of over eager parr on top. Far too much to count properly.
Name:  Nick Totman Beat Fished:  Knowle Farm Date Fished: 28/09/2017
17 browns to 10″ 4 grayling to 8″, All caught on elk hair caddis. An excellent day to finish the season. Thanks to all at Westcountry Angling Passport.

Bruno Vincent Beat Fished:  Sydenham Date Fished: 25/09/2017
7 Grayling up to 14 inches 5 Brown trout up to 10 inches.
Name:  ralph pond Beat Fished:  cherry brook Date Fished: 17/09/2017
Fished below lower cherry brook bridge blanked
Name:  ralph pond Beat Fished:  east dart post bridge Date Fished: 16/09/2017
4 small brown trout
Name:  ralph pond Beat Fished:  West Dart two bridges Date Fished: 16/09/2012
1 brown trout about 8oz
Name:  Matthew Jameson Beat Fished:  West Dart near prince hall Date Fished: 23/09/2017
Nil. none seen.
Name:  Roger williams Beat Fished:  : (Two bridges ) west dart. Date Fished: 23rd September 2017
Catch return 0501. Zero. Cold with heavy rain later. Catch return 0502. Zero. Cold with thick fog. Did not fish.
Name:  Javan Candy Beat Fished:  Dart, Duchy of Cornwall Date Fished: 19/09/2017
Name:  Barry Thorne Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: 14/09/2017
Name:  Barry Thorne Beat Fished:  East Dart, Bellever Date Fished: 13/09/2017
14 small brown trout.
Name:  Barry Thorne Beat Fished:  Cherry Brook and West Dart Date Fished: 12/09/2017
Name:  Matthew Thomas Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: : 08.09.2017
Missed 1 small brown, saw 1 more rise but that was it. Water very coloured after overnight rain; level rose by 12 inches in 2 hours so I retreated to the Forest Inn.
Name:  Matthew Thomas Beat Fished:  East Dart Date Fished: 07.09.2017
Nil, saw 1 rise but nothing taking.
Name:  Matthew Thomas Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: 06.09.2017
1 small brown and missed 1, few rises with some colour in the water. Still good not to be at work though…
Name:  Phillip hunt Beat Fished:  hexworthy Date Fished: 08/09/2017
“1 trout 6i inches. Hard going. Good insect life with hatches of small olives and sedge. Just virtually no fish showing. Also fished east dart up from dartmeet and it was the same. A fantastic fishery, beautiful fishery. 1 trout 6i inches. Hard going. Good insect life with hatches of small olives and sedge. Just virtually no fish showing. Also fished east dart up from dartmeet and it was the same. A fantastic fishery, beautiful fishery.”
Name:  Charles Beney Beat Fished:  Dart & Cherry Brook Date Fished: 01/09/2017
1 small Brownie 6″ on dry black gnat. Very bright and brisk N. wind made it difficult. Little moving on surface and too much weed esp. on Cherry Brook to fish nymph. Beautiful location.
Name:  Gregory Winn Beat Fished:  West Dart. Above two bridges hotel Date Fished: 04/09/2017
: 5 x Brown Trout. All between 7 and 9 inches. 3 on Treacle Parkin, 2 on elk hair caddis, All fish in excellent condition and returned.
Name:  D Johnson Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 30/08/2017
2 Brown Trout 8 inch on pheasant tail nymph. Released
Name:  Christopher Purdie Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: 25/08/2017
16 brown trout, mostly 6″-8″, but also a welcome 10″ fish towards the close of play. Fished above Two Bridges towards Wistman’s Wood. CDC & Elk drew fish up consistently.
Name:  Ashley Whitfield Beat Fished:  West Dart Two Bridges Date Fished: 25/08/2017
Nil, I fished late morning early afternoon. I should know better by now.
Name:  Marcus Dixson Beat Fished:  East Dart – Dartmeet & Bellever Date Fished: 12/08/2017
Three browns returned. Largest 7 oz. All caught on Parachute Adams. Fair number of rising fish seen particularly at upper end towards Bellever
Name:  Jeremy Robinson Beat Fished:  prince hall Date Fished: 14 o8 17
7 small trout 1.5 lb trout all on drys. Lost a 3lb sea trout
Name:  Anthony Vangasse Beat Fished:  Cherry brook Date Fished: 19/08/2017
zero caught (or seen)
Name:  Michael Lomotey Beat Fished:  Lower Cherrybrook and East Dart nr Bellever Date Fished: 7th August 2017
A lovely leisurely day on these two rivers. In between family fun, caught 8 browns of various sizes up to 7″ and had what I believe is a tiny Salmon of 6 inches? All returned gently. Many more takes missed. Fabulous fishing. Ventured along the east bank of the lower cherry brook and got a bit of difficulty with boggy/muddy terrain. All bank fishing, no wading. little grey and black dry flies. Light 5 line tackle
Name:  Steve Clements-Jewery Beat Fished:  Tressarett Date Fished: 11-Aug-17
Nil. River Camel fining down after high flood water. Good for spinning for sea -trout, but not for nymph fishing for trout, apparently.
Name:  MIM Price Beat Fished:  East and West Dart Date Fished: 14,15,16 June 2017
One Brown trout 7″ returned to West dart at Prince Hall.
Name:  Nick Hart Beat Fished:  Upper West Dart Date Fished: 01.08.17
Lost count, easily 30+ fish, mainly small, best topping 8″ All on a simple Black klink cast into the pockets. Very few rises but the Trout were home & hungry!
Name:  David Johnson Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 05/08/2017
3 Brown Trout on gold traded green nymph. 1x8inch 2 smaller. Very large Salmon spotted under the bridge.
Name:  Ashley Whitfield Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: 01/08/2017
Nil (fished for three hours only at mid day in bright conditions).
Name:  John Burridge Beat Fished:  Upper Yealm Date Fished: 30/07/2017
Fished the lower section of the beat in the morning. Caught 6 or 7 smaller 4-6″ browns and landed a much larger, more silvery brown of 8-10″, perhaps even 12″. Not sure if this was a Sea Trout? All returned safely, of course. A very good morning’s fishing. Thanks.
Name:  Mark Batt Beat Fished:  West dart 11 Date Fished: 24.7.17
2 7inch brown trout
Name:  Peter Greenhalgh Beat Fished:  West Dart upstream from Cherrybrook Date Fished: 14/07/2017
Nil caught, but a few takes. Not much moving on a bright, sunny day. Wind a bit difficult, too.
Name:  Peter Greenhalgh Beat Fished:  Lower Cherry Brook Date Fished: 13/07/2017
Small brown caught but few others moving on a bright sunny day
Name:  George Airey Beat Fished:  South of Prince Hall Hotel Date Fished: 24/07/2017
Nil, though a few rising throughout the day
Name:  Ian Groom Beat Fished:  Prince Hall Date Fished: 24/07/2017
3 small BT taken on small black midge.

Andrew Pieterse Beat Fished:  Upper Yealm Date Fished: 21-Jul-17
Two BT of about 6-8 inches. Many fish rose to fly but missed 90% of the takes. Also got a pull from a Sea Trout.

  Paul Phillips Beat Fished:  Dart Date Fished: 14/07/2017
1 small Brownie approx 7″ taken on a GRHE.
Name:  Paul Phillips Beat Fished:  Cherry Brook Date Fished: 12/7/2017
Nil. saw a few fish rising to the early evening hatch but no takers. Still a fantastic evening out on the moor for the first time
Name:  Matthew Marshall Beat Fished:  West Dart – Prince Hall Date Fished: 20/07/17
Bit windy but between gusts had 9 brown trout (6-7″) to sparkle dun.
Name:  Gordon Elliot Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 14/7/17
3 Brown Trout 4-5 inches. Otters & kingfishers seen
Name:  James Melvin Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 6/7/2017
6 BrownTrout. Large Salmon spotted
Name:  Steve Donaldson Beat Fished:  Cherry Brook Date Fished: : 04/06/17
: 13 browns in seven hours and lost at least another eight. Really pretty little river with plenty of eager fish throughout the section below lower Cherrybrook bridge. Nothing big but keen little scrappers. Great fun on Griffiths gnats, elk hair caddis and soft hackle dries. Sadly this was an early end to my week as storms rolled in but I’ve already booked to come back next year!
Name:  Steve Donaldson Beat Fished:  East Dart Date Fished: : 03/06/17
“3 browns late afternoon having only arrived area lunchtime. All took Griffiths gnats. Pretty stretch coming up to the road at Postbridge. ”
Name:  George Hamil Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 12/7/2017
1 Brown Trout 10 inches returned. On Alexandra size 16
Name:  James Melvin Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 6/7/2017
5 Brown Trout
Name:  Andrew Mcpherson Beat Fished:  13 Date Fished: 7/7/2017
6 or 7 Brown Trout, only two landed, one of 6-7″ and one of around 12″. All taken on gold head or beaded nymphs. Water pretty coloured despite being at low levels. My first visit to this beat, was surprised in its productivity, however I was a little disappointed in the beat as I couldn’t see how to access half of it due to high banks and fallen trees, particularly one where the river bends at right angles about half way up the beat.
Name:  Mike Sarsfield Beat Fished:  Wallabrook Date Fished: 7/7/2017
Fished stretch below Pizwell Bridge. Blanked.
Name:  Tony Harvey Beat Fished:  Grogarth Date Fished: 4/7/17
: Water looking like it had returned to low/summer level after recent heavy rain. Lost a nice fish shortly after arriving late morning, then losing several more in the snaggy swims. However, managed to land 4 brown trout all around 8′ on weighted nymphs and missed several takes on a Griffiths gnat dry – probably due to my slow reactions! Looks like some clearance work of Japanese knotweed has been done along a couple of sections on the river bank.
Name:  Tony Harvey Beat Fished:  Tregeagle Date Fished: 26/07/2017
Fished from late morning to early afternoon with water looking low. Managed to find 7 feisty brown trout about 7″ willing to take a nymph in faster water. Access challenging through the bankside vegetation.
Name:  Brian Bean Beat Fished:  West Dart Date Fished: 29/06/2017
Fished at Two Bridges Hotel, 3 in the net with several more slipping the hook. Nothing noteworthy of size, all in the 4″ range. Rainy the past few days, spitting and cloudy today. No fish in riffles or runs; took in pools and glides looking up in the high water. Made a move to Bellever, knowing no swimmers would be muddling up the river in this weather. Again, fish were in the pools and glides. Netted an 11″ brown; several others missed setting hook
Name:  Paul Cowlishaw Beat Fished:  Cherry Brook Date Fished: 26/06/17
Start of fishing delayed after I came across a cow stuck in a bog. Managed to find the farmer who winched her out with his tractor. Thereafter all went well and had 15 brownies up to 10″ on tenkara gear – successful flies were Ishigaki style kebari and Griffith’s Gnat.

  Andrew Pieterse Beat Fished:  West Dart and Cherry Brook Date Fished: 17/06/2017
Best day ever on Dartmoor. Biggest fish between 12 and 13 inches and another 9 fish, most between 8 and 10 inches; all on an Elk Hair Caddis. Fish “went down” dramatically after about 1pm when the day got to it’s warmest.
Name:  morrissey Beat Fished:  West Dart at Hexworthy Date Fished: 20/06/2017
Name:  Jerry Waalsingham Beat Fished:  West Dart below Princes Hall Date Fished: 17/-6/2017
2 wild brownies 1 @ 6″ and 1 @ 3″ taken on a dry greenwells glory. Big hatch of mayfly seen
Name:  Greg Boucher Beat Fished:  West Dart, Duchy of Cornwall Date Fished: 16/06/17
1 brown trout 12.5″ taken on dry fly, alder size 12, stretch opposite Prince Hall, upstream end on corner, just before tree covered section, mid afternoon, Trout returned. Hooked three on Cherry Brook using dry fly, GRHE winged size 16, in the morning but all came off before landing.
Name:  ashley Whitfield Beat Fished:  West Dart and Cherry Brook Date Fished: 13/06/2017
5 small browns to 5inches on Diawl Bach size 14
Name:  ashley Whitfield Beat Fished:  West Dart and Cherry Brook Date Fished: 13/06/2017
“5 small browns to 5 inches. All released safely. 5 small browns to 5 inches. All released safely. ”
Name:  Peter Mullins Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 15/6/17
3 Brown Trout. 1 @ 9 inches. 2 @ 4-6 inches . Adams parachute used.
Name:  Peter Mullins Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 13/6/17
7 Brown Trout. Best at 12 inches (1lb). Other 6 @ 4-6 inches. All released. Adams parachute used
Name:  Peter Mullins Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 12/6/17
8 Brown Trout 3 @ 9 inches 5 @ 3-4 inches. All on dry fly Adams parachute size 14. All returned
Name:  Simon Price Beat Fished:  East Dart upstream of Dartmeet Date Fished: 15/06/2017
Beautiful conditions and weather; trout not co-operating AT ALL!
Name:  Simon Price Beat Fished:  Below Bellever Bridge Date Fished: 14/06/2017
“Half dozen brownies all under 6 inches, on dry fly – early afternoon. Trout not rising at all for the rest of the day in spite of healthy summer water level and quite a few natural fly (various). Beautiful weather (bit bright) and lovely stretch of river. ”
Name:  Mike Hornsey Beat Fished:  West Dart Beat 11 Date Fished: 1/6/17
Nothing. I was looking for parts of the river of which was widest and deepest, but these all had families in the river. There were plenty of narrow and shallow parts of water away from the crowds, but I didn’t want to fish these.
Name:  Phil Wood Beat Fished:  Ham Mill Date Fished: 13/6/17
12 Brown Trout and 1 Grayling. Biggest BT were 10.5″ and 10.75″ . All fish to dries (small black klink and Para Adams were the successful flies)
Name:  Phil Wood Beat Fished:  Treburtle Date Fished: 12/6/17
8 Brown Trout up to 8″. Lots of overhanging vegetation made casting to a lot of good spots quite tricky/impossible. It could do with a bit of a trim.
Name:  John Smithson Beat Fished:  East Dart (Postbridge and Bellever) Date Fished: 2/6/17
3 brown trout up to 8in on Olive Klinkhamer and Coachman. Very little surface activity despite good hatches of fly.
Name:  Ed Brown Beat Fished:  Castle Hill Date Fished: 13/6/17
15 Brown Trout to 10 inches. Mostly caught on a nymph, the odd one on dry.

Name:  Bill Blake Beat Fished:  East Dart & Cherry Brook Date Fished: 11/6/2017

1 x 5 inch brown trout from pocket water on the East Dart and 4 x brown trout to 6 inches on dry fly from the Cherry Brook .
Name:  Richie Blake Beat Fished:  Cherrybrook Date Fished: 11/6/2017
2 Brown Trout, [email protected], [email protected] Black Knat size 18
Name:  Richie Blake Beat Fished:  East Dart 1mile Upstream from Postbridge Date Fished: 11/6/2017
5 Brown Trout to 5inches – Black Klinkhammer
Name:  Ron Boyd Beat Fished:  Lower Cherrybrook Date Fished: 30/05/2017
Name:  Bill Blake Beat Fished:  West Dart – Prince Hall Date Fished: 06/02/2017
3 BT – 2x 6inch and 1x 4inch. Caught on Parachute Adams Size 16

Name: Richie Blake Beat Fished:  West Dart – Prince Hall Date Fished: 2/6/2017

3 Brown Trout – [email protected] 7inch, [email protected] 5inch. On West Dart downstream of Prince Hall. Size 16 Olive Klinkhammer.
Name:  Bruno Vincent Beat Fished:  Grogarth Date Fished: 26/05/2017
20+ trout from 5 to 9 inches with a couple of 11s. mostly to a gold head nymph with the occasional rising fish taking small deer hair sedges or parachute Adams.  

Name:  R Markwick Beat Fished:  Cherry Brook, East Dart at Postbridge and Dartmeet Date Fished: 1/6/2017

11 fish in total from a morning. On Cheery Brook mostly from the pocket water at the lower end of Cherry Brook, between 4 fish @ c.4 inch, 2 fish @ 6 inch, all on a dark coloured size 16 stiff hackle kabari on a tenkara outfit. 4 fish from the first 200m of the stretch upstream of Postbridge: 3 c.5 inch, 1 8 inches. One 6 inch fish from the Dartmeet stretch a little upstream of Bedger’s Holt on a partridge hackled kabari with a red glass bead. Lots of kids splashing in the water…it was half term after all!
Name:  R Markwick Beat Fished:  East Dart – Bellever and West Dart Hexworthy Bridge Date Fished: 31/05/2017
20 fishing ranging from 10 @ c.4 inch, 7 @ c.6 inch, 2 @ c.8 inch and one 10 inch fish. Caught on a dark coloured size 14 stiff hackle kabari on a tenkara outfit mostly from pocket water/eddies, or a CDC Plume tip emerger on runs.
Name:  Patrick Briscall Beat Fished:  Dartmoor: Blackabrook Date Fished: 27/05/2017
Nil on dry fly. Beautiful and varied stream.
Name:  Patrick Briscall Beat Fished:  Dartmoor: Prince Hall upstream of field centre. Date Fished: 25/05/17
Two brown trout on dry fly, 7″ and 5″.
Name:  Patrick Briscall Beat Fished:  Dartmoor: Upstream of Dartmeet Date Fished: 25/05/17
Dry fly, nil. 15″ salmon seen.
Name:  C Hadden Beat Fished:  Rothern Bridge Date Fished: 06/02/2017
2x brown trout of 10″ on dry fly, both returned
Name:  M. Sarsfield Beat Fished:  East Dart Date Fished: 31/05/2017
3 Brown Trout, all small and returned. Upstream of Postbridge. Conditions difficult but a lovely afternoon. All caught on black Ishigaki with greenwell hackle
Name:  Tim Glass Beat Fished:  Two Bridges Date Fished: 25/05/17
Down stream of Two Bridges – x2 rises and one long range release. Plenty of insect activity and fish rising. Frans Betters Unusual size 16 Dry.
Name:  Cem Baykara Beat Fished:  Bellever Date Fished: 27/05/2017
1 brown landed and returned. 1 brown lost
Name:  Cem Baykara Beat Fished:  Two Bridges Date Fished: 26/05/2017
5 browns caught and returned
Name:  Cem Baykara Beat Fished:  West Dart just above Dartmeet Date Fished: 25/05/2017
NIL fish landed. Lost one small trout on a nymph
Name:  Paul Cowlishaw Beat Fished:  East Dart at Postbridge and Bellever Date Fished: 24/05/2017
17 brown trout, all small, on various kebari.
Name:  D Simler Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 18/5/17
1 Brown Trout on dry
Name:  J Foale Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 18/5/17
1 Brown Trout on dry
Name:  morrissey Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery West Dart Date Fished: 18.5.17
Bellever – lots of fish showing, 4 small browns catch and return + 1 to 13″

Name:  M Barratt Beat Fished:  Garramarsh Date Fished: 17/05/17

3 Brown Trout all returned

Name: Brian Bean Beat Fished: East Dart at Bellever Date Fished 07/05/2017 

8″ Brown Trout on rusty spinner that was sucked under by white water in pool downstream by forest  

Name: Shaun Wakeham Beat Fished: Wiggaton Date Fished 7 /5/2017  

40 brown trout to 14in all caught on size 16 adams  

Name: Brian H Smith  Beat Fished: West Dart – Upstream of Two Bridges Date Fished 4th May 2017

One 6 inch brown trout – windy, threatened rain but stayed dry great afternoon on the Moor.  

Name: Chris H Beat Fished: Rothern bridge Date Fished 1/5/17

One brown trout of 10″  

Name: Myles Archibald Beat Fished: West Dart Date Fished 29/04/2017

1 x 20 inch brown trout on grhe nymph. Only fish seen, as quite cold wind. Lovely fish. Picture now on Devon Fishing forum…  

Name: Christopher Purdie Beat Fished: Upper Culm Date Fished 29/4/17

9 Brown Trout, 6″-9″ on a CDC & Elk. These fish were kind to look up despite a persistent Easterly breeze. Pretty low.  

Name: Nick Rhoades Beat Fished: Lower Cherrybrook Date Fished 29/04/2017

One 6inch trout on hares ear nymph. Cold, windy day, no sign of rises but the river looked great.  

Name: Philip Wood Beat Fished: Upper Culm Date Fished 23/4/17

5 Brown Trout, the biggest was just under 10inches. All fish caught on a Parachute Adams  

Name: Philip Wood Beat Fished: Lane Barton Date Fished 22/4/17

3 Brown Trout on a Parachute Adams, largest 9/10 inches. Pretty hard going with not much rising even though there was lots of fly life. Lower half of the beat was extremely coloured and barely fishable due to cattle in the river. All fish from top half of the beat.  

Name: Ian Groom Beat Fished: West Dart = Princes Hall Date Fished 22 Apr 17

1 Small brown trout – 6 Inches. Caught on small Pheasant tail nymph  

Name: Ashley Whitfield Beat Fished: West Dart Date Fished 20/04/17

7 Brown trout from 3-5 inches all on Red Diawl Bach size 16. Saw no rises all day and all fish caught after lunch as temperature increased slightly. Progress along north bank stopped by gorse and broom eventually 

Name: Richard May Beat Fished: West Dart Date Fished 14/04/2017


Name: Philip Wood Beat Fished: Wiggaton Date Fished 21/04/2017

20+ Brown Trout up to 9″ and one small Grayling. All on dries.  

Name: Andrew Pieterse Beat Fished: Upper Yealm Date Fished 18/04/2017

12 x BT on a hares’ ear emerger  

Name: Bruno Vincent Beat Fished: Tresillian Date Fished 14/04/2017

7 brown trout from 5 – 9 inches (and a fingerling) all on copper nymph or red spider. no rises.  

Name: David Blackbourn Beat Fished: Upper Yealm Date Fished 11/4/17

12 brown trout from ca. 3-8 inches  

Name: E Hole Beat Fished: Grogarth Date Fished 16/04/17

Hooked around 20 small brown trout, landed about 12. All 5-7 inch brownies, beautifully marked. Most on size 14 black caddis dry fly, a few on GRHE. River held a little colour, most fish coming from unbroken water around 1 foot deep. Brilliant afternoons fishing, a great beat. Had no pen so had to leave the 2 tokens blank.  

Name: Don Read Beat Fished: Sydenham Date Fished 12/4/17

Nil ! However had two plucks and a long distance release! Lovely stretch of water.

Name: Paul Cowlishaw Beat Fished: West Dart Princes Hall Date Fished 2017-04-06

One brown trout  

Name: Jack Brown Beat Fished: Hexworthy Date Fished


Name: Chris montgomerie Beat Fished: West dart and cherrybrook Date Fished 2017-04-06

Nothing caught, only saw one fish all day.

Name: Miss Latham Beat Fished: Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart North of Postbridge Date Fished 2017-04-03

2 brown trout on a black gnat dry fly. 8″ + 11″ 3 other takes.

Name: Matt Rigby Beat Fished: East Dart Date Fished 2017-03-25

25 March early in the season but a sunny day bought on a sporadic hatches around midday – very difficult fishing but managed 4 small browns fishing spiders down and across in areas where insects were hatching. Took another on a GRHE in a deeper run.

Name: Mr Reed Beat Fished: Knowle farm Date Fished 15/03/16


Name: marco perrett Beat Fished: West Dart below Hexworthy Date Fished 2017-03-18

2 Brown Trout ,11″ and 8″ respectively. Caught on black pattern weighted nymph with very long tippet and klinkhammer as bite indicator. Dippers and Grey wagtails and rain.River pushing but clear. Date 18th March 2017.

Name: Matthew Thomas Beat Fished: Dartmoor- West Dart Date Fished 2017-03-18

Missed 1 on the nymph, first day of the season so still somewhat chilly though……

Name: Mark Sutton Beat Fished: Week bridge Date Fished 2017-03-16 

Two rods. Water very clear. No rising fish. Both used nymph for whole length. No fish caught

Name: Mr Pieterse Beat Fished:  Beat 17 – Rake Water Date Fished: 18/08/16

12 brown trout 6-9 inches and school peal of 15inches!  All on size 18 PTN. 

Name: Mr Gray Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – Cowsic Date Fished: 18/08/16

9 small browns on the dry.

Name: Mr Pieterse Beat Fished:  Beat 39 – Upper Yealm Date Fished: 12/08/16

20’ish brown trout (lost count in the teens), 6-11 inches. A few 10 inchers and an 11’incher being the highlight. Mostly on PTN. A great day’s fishing.

Name: Mr Stephens Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – West Dart at Two Bridges Date Fished: 09/08/16

River very low, as expected. Bright sunshine, down stream north westerly wind. About 10 small fish to hand. Several more were of insufficient size to be hooked properly, so fell off, which is good. One decent fish missed. A great few hours under fairly difficult conditions. Dry Greenwells Glory size 16 from Turrells did the work.

Name: TBC Beat Fished:  Beat 13 – Lane Barton Date Fished: 08/08/16

12 brown trout 4 -12″ on dry fly and nymph, smashing day.

Name: TBC Beat Fished:  Beat 13 – Lane Barton Date Fished: 05/08/16

13 browns on Grey Duster, river full of fish.

Name: Mr Tucker Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – Dunnabridge Date Fished: 27/07/16

8 Brown Trout 5-8″ Scruffy black klinks and a couple on small gold beaded PTNs. Bracken quite difficult to push through near the river.

Name: Mr Lockwood-Taylor Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – Two Bridges Date Fished: 21/07/16

7 brown trout to 6″, all returned.

Name: A Sheldon Beat Fished:  6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 14/07/16

Two fish (brownies) to hand safely released. Several more lost & takes missed all on a Grey Duster dry. Bright sunshine & gin clear low water so I reckon return isn’t too bad. Average size seems small (6″ or so) but there must be some bigger ones lurking in the deeper pools. Lovely few hours fishing in beautiful surroundings. Thanks! Fished 11am – 4pm. Trickle of upswings/sedges coming off all day. Kingfisher spotted several times

Name: TBC Beat Fished:  8 – Park Mill Date Fished: 18/07/16

Two fishing – 1 brown trout 6″ on dry, 5 brown trout to 9″ on dry.

Name: Mr Harvey Beat Fished:  36 – Tregeagle Date Fished: 23/06/16

Fished 23 June: 14 brown trout between 5″ and 9″ on various weighted GRHE patterns, all returned. Access is challenging through the undergrowth and with a complete tree canopy over the water, but this is a charming beat with feisty fish and is a treat for those interested in wild fishing. The river became too cloudy/coloured to continue fishing in the early afternoon and this looked due to activity upstream.

Name: Mr Drew Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – West Dart – Princehall Date Fished: 23/06/16

12 brown trout to 9″, all returned.

Name: Mr Peacock Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart below Bellever Bridge Date Fished: 21/06/16

Great conditions, 20 plus fish including 14″ and 11″.  Red Letter Day.

Name: Mr Drew Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart – upstream Bellever Date Fished: 21/06/16

15 brown trout to 11″, all returned.

Name: Mr Drew Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart – upstream Bellever. Date Fished: 21/06/16

15 brown trout to 11″, all returned.

Name: TBC Beat Fished:  26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 21/06/16

15 fish to 11″.  Coloured water – good thing!

Name: Mr Daukszys  Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery – West Dart Date Fished: 19/06/16

10 brown trout, polish nymph method, 10 brownies between 7” – 10” , black tail pheasant nymph size 12-14. Great day on Duchy waters.

Name: Mr Hart  Beat Fished:  26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 18/06/16

14 browns, 5 grayling, 1 sea trout (approx. 1lb 4oz).  All on weighted nymph, all returned.  Wonderful day.  Thank you.

Name: TBC  Beat Fished:  17 – Rake Water Date Fished: 16/06/16

9 brown trout to 1/2lb.

Name: Mr Mullins  Beat Fished:  6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 15/06/16

1 x 3/4lb brown trout while fishing for sea trout.

Name: Mr Mullins  Beat Fished:  6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 14/06/16

Fished 14 June. 6 brown trout up to 3/4 lb on dry fly. All returned

Name: Messrs Denny & 0’Brien  Beat Fished:  22 – Ham Mill Date Fished: 13/06/16

Our favourite beat of the long weekend. The first stretch of the Ottery was slow with nothing showing, but then the river picked up and we had great sport with trout and grayling coming to nymphs and big mayfly patterns. Between us we landed 11 trout and 9 grayling. Would happily come back to this beat in future.

Name: Messrs Denny & 0’Brien  Beat Fished:  27 – Knowle Farm Date Fished: 13/06/16

A slow start to the day here with very few rising fish all day. Things picked up in the afternoon and between us we landed 15 brown trout and 2 grayling (plus a handful of salmon parr). All released. The two best fish of the day managed their own early release.

Name: Messrs Denny & 0’Brien  Beat Fished:  13 – Lane Barton Date Fished: 13/06/16

Exciting fishing with mayfly hatching and hundreds of rises – the only problem was connecting with the fish. Between us we managed only 5 brown trout. Lets hope our performance improves over the next few days.

Name: Mr Leins  Beat Fished:  26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 13/06/16

8 small brown trout 1 @ 9″ 1 @ 6″ 6 @ 4″. Disappointing. 7 on nymph.

Name: Mr Bilbae  Beat Fished:  34 – Tresarret Date Fished: 012/06/16

I fished on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 6,7,and 8 June 2016 from 18:30 to 21:30 approx. Wonderful evenings. On Tuesday I also met with a father and his son, very kind fishermen. I caught Monday around 25-30 brownies, Tuesday 12-15 and Wednesday 15-20; most of them around 6-9 inch but caught 3 of 11-12 inches. On nymph and dry. Many fishing with tandem.

Name: Mr McPherson  Beat Fished:  35 – Grogarth Date Fished: 11/06/16

With the weather for the weekend unsettled, I decided to stay down West and try one of my more local beats. I’ve never fished this beat before. 2 Brown Trout (one 7-8″ and one about 5″) taken on a dark bodied Klinkhammer in the first 30 m of the beat. The water was reasonably clear and I anticipated a good session. Unfortunately about 15 minutes after starting I got hit by a heavy shower that went on for about 20 minutes and by the end the river had really coloured up, and with more rain threatening I abandoned. I will go back and try in on a more clement day! I would make a couple of comments about this beat : firstly the banks are very overgrown and I found it difficult to access just above the bridge secondly there is a wire (possibly an electric fence wire) stretched across the river about 25m above the bridge and about 3m about the water. I caught my fly on it, but I reckon you could you could damage your rod on it.

Name: Mr McPherson  Beat Fished:  21 – Netherbridge Date Fished: 03/06/16

Fished for a couple of hours. Cold, but sunny afternoon. Water quite low. Top half of beat more productive. 3 small Brown Trout (4-6″). 2 small Grayling (4-6″). All on nymph fished NZ style. A few fish rose to the dry, but didn’t take.

Name: Mr Pieterse  Beat Fished:  17 – Rake Water Date Fished: 03/06/16

4 BT on a hares ear nymph.

Name: Mr Jefferies  Beat Fished:  26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 01/06/16

6 brownies, 8-10″ all returned, 2 smaller browns.  All on nymphs in fast water.

Name: Mr Parish  Beat Fished:  26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 01/06/16

15 brown trout, 4 grayling.

Name: Mr Nurick  Beat Fished:  6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 31/05/16

2 Brown Trout 4″ on May fly. The best of 3 beats fished over the bank holiday weekend. Great secluded location. Keen to return later in the season.

Name: Mr Copeland Beat Fished:  2 – Week Bridge Date Fished: 23/05/16

5 Brown Trout – all measured, lovely 3 hrs fishing before the rain 1 x 7″ 2 x 6″ 2 x 4″ 3 on nymph 2 on dry fly.

Name: TBC Beat Fished:  8 – Park Mill Date Fished: 24/05/16

4 brown trout taken on dries.  Largest 9 inch.  Very enjoyable.

Name: Mr Bennett Beat Fished:  6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 19/05/16

4 Brown Trout 6 – 8 ” caught in less than 3 hours on G.R.H.E.

Name: Mr Finnegan Beat Fished:  35 – Grogarth Date Fished: 19/05/16

Warm and cloudy with light wind from the south. Very occasional rises to something not visible! Eight browns to 8 inches in an hour on size 14 parachute Adams.

Name: Mr Stockley Beat Fished:  33 – Berrio Mill Date Fished: 16/05/16

One brown trout caught using Tenkara rod and fly at Berrio Mill, and quite few more seen but uncaught. Fantastic site for easy access and parking, a lovely bit of river with crystal clear water.

Name: Mr Vincent Beat Fished:  36 – Tregeagle Date Fished: 13/05/16

First venture on a passport or even cornish river. 4 small perfect browns to hand and 4 lost just inches from hand. All on a cdc F fly size 16. Shorter and furled leaders needed next time. 12ft of nylon was most of my cast.

Name: Mr Marks Beat Fished:  Dartmoor Fishery Date Fished: 13/05/16

Fished for four hours upstream of Postbridge. Caught a good number of trout to ten inches all returned. I found the stream to be in healthy state with plenty of fly life. 12 trout in all . A lovely secluded stretch of water.

Name: Mr Wood Beat Fished:  7 – Blue Fox Glade Date Fished: 10/05/16

11 Brown Trout, largest was just over 10 inches. Best fly I tried was a CDC and Elk. A slow start but it picked up in the early afternoon. Quite a few Mayflies were on the water but no sign of any being taken. A lovely beat but the walk back required several stops to admire the fantastic displays of Bluebells (and to get my breath back).

Name: Mr Wood Beat Fished:  27 – Knowle Farm Date Fished: 09/05/16

5 Brown Trout, biggest was about 9 inches. Klinkhammer was the most effective fly I tried. A tough day, the river was low and nothing was rising. Nymphs didn’t seem to be working. I used a 7ft rod and found it quite tricky casting in many areas, a 6ft rod may be beneficial here. The beat would benefit from some of the overhanging trees being sympathetically pruned to make casting a little easier.

Name: Mr Wood Beat Fished:  23 – Treburtle Date Fished: 08/05/16

25+ Brown Trout (I lost count), biggest between 11 and 12 inches. All taken on dries – Parachute Adams was the most effective of the flies I tried. A fantastic days fishing – what a great beat. 

Name: Mr Ogston Beat Fished:  22 – Ham Mill Date Fished: 07/05/16

14 brown trout 4″-12″.  Grayling 6″.  PTN, klinkhammer.

Name: Mr Martin Beat Fished:  7 – Blue Fox Glade Date Fished: 03/05/16

River low, weather improving – stealthy!  10+ fish to 11″, most  8 or 9″ long.  Nymphs when dries were not working, half on dries – CDC upright hackle and some leggy bits on a size 14. 

Name: TBC Beat Fished: 5 – Castle Hill Date Fished: 11/04/16

8 brown trout in total, 1 of 11″, 5 of 8-9″.

Name: Mr Hadden Beat Fished: 9 – Rothern Bridge Date Fished: 30/04/16

3 Trout in all. 2 of 10 inches each and one smaller of 5 inches. Caught on emerger patterns.

Name: Mr McCallister Beat Fished: Dartmoor – West Dart Date Fished: 29/04/16

Mixed day weather wise,absolutely nothing showing and no rises, a few brief hatches in the afternoon,no response to wet or dry. Nevertheless nice to be out on such a lovely and varied stretch of river. Nil return. 

Name: TBC Beat Fished: 6 – Garramarsh Farm Date Fished: 29/04/16

5 Brown Trout to 8″ all on copper beaded nymph.

Name: Mr Cupitt Beat Fished: 26 – Sydenham Date Fished: 24/04/16

13 x Brown Trout & 2 x Grayling caught. All small , beautiful fish (3.5” to 5”). The grayling were the largest (7.5”). All carefully returned. A further 6 fish hooked but failed to land – including one taken on a dry klinkhammer.

Name: TBC Beat Fished: 27 – Knowle Farm Date Fished: 20/04/16

8 brown trout and a 10″ grayling.

Name: Mr Hadde Beat Fished: 9 – Rothern Bridge Date Fished: 17/04/16

1x 8″ brown trout Caught on pheasant tail nymph in slow water.

Name: Mr Finnegan Beat Fished: 24 – Wiggaton Date Fished: 28/03/16

2 x bt both 6/7 inches Steady light rain and southerly breeze. No fish showing and no fly life. Both fish caught on a “black magic” nymph.

Name: Mr Smithson Beat Fished: Dartmoor Fishery – West Dart and Blackabrook Date Fished: 28/03/16

 Lovely warm spring day, wind light occ. gusty SSE, water at a nice level. Occasional fly hatching but only one fish rose, and no luck either with beaded nymph or Klinkhamer. Realistically it was too early for the Moor, but great to be out with the rod again!

Name: Mr Sutton Beat Fished: 4 – Upper Culml Date Fished: 26/03/16

Payed homage to Tree Gods with several flies! No rises No fish with dry or nymph

Name: Mr Fisher Beat Fished: 8 – Park Mill Date Fished: 31/08/15

3 Brown Trout to 9″, nice fish

Name: Mr Elford Beat Fished: 22 – Ham Mill Date Fished: 22/08/15

8 Brown Trout to 7″ 8 Grayling 1 at 15″ rest to 8″ 1 Sea Trout 1.5 – 2lb (est) 1 Chub (or could have been a Dace, certainly a coarse fish) 6″ Plenty of fish rising but could not crack the code for what they were feeding on. All fish to orange or pink tungstun nymph. Weather Heavy overnight rain. Fished in bright sunshine. River conditions 1200 – 1630 nice colour and flow. 1630 – 1700 water rose by nearly a foot and went brown.

Name: Mr Elford Beat Fished: 21 – Netherbridge Court Date Fished: 18/08/15

Sunny spells, dry. Water still coloured from rain. 1 Brown Trout 3 Grayling to 12″ All on pink tag nymph Only a few small fish rising.

Name: Mr Farrar Beat Fished: Dartmoor Fishery – West Dart Date Fished: 11/08/15

Approx 15 fish upto 8 inches, all returned, caught on dry Klinkhammer.

Name: Mr Bryant Beat Fished: Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart (downstream from Bellever) Date Fished: 4/08/15

24 Browns mostly on dries, a few on nymph. Best fish just over 11″.

Name: Mr Lamerton Beat Fished: Dartmoor Fishery – East Dart (Postbridge) Date Fished: 1/08/15

17 brown trout all under 8″ on elk hair caddis and Adams. Fished upstream of Postbridge for 4 hours, it rained quite a bit.

Name: Mr Forshaw Beat Fished: 20 – Netherbridge Date Fished: 30/07/15

6 brown trout to 9½”. Despite it being July they took a grey drake (mayfly spinner imitation). Also broken (bad knot?) on a pheasant tail nymph and rose a few other fish including some, though not many to an Adams. A hooked fish I lost would probably have been the bigger than those netted.

Name: Mr Totman Beat Fished: 27 – Knowle Farm Date Fished: 11/07/15

19 brownies, including 2 of 10″ & 1 of 13″. Probably missed 100+! All on size 16 black klinkhammer.

Name: C Collard Beat Fished: 4 – Upper Culm Date Fished: 5/06/15

3 brown trout to 10″ – mayfly

Name: C Farley Beat Fished: 8 – Park Mill Date Fished: 14/06/15

4 wbt to 6″

Name: TBC Beat Fished: 8 – Park Mill Date Fished: 24/05/15

two rods – 6 wbt, largest 12″ and 8 wbt, largest 7″ all to dry Adams and Grey Klinks

Name: Mr Wallace Beat Fished: 17 – Rake Water Date Fished: 12/04/15

10 WBT to 8″

Name: Mr Finnegan Beat Fished: 23 – Treburtle Date Fished: 15/04/15

17 brown trout and missed many more all on deer hair caddis but very few rising fish

Name: d Beanland Beat Fished: 24 – Wiggaton Date Fished: 11/05/15

11 brown trout, largest 9″

Name: M Crouch Beat Fished: 22 – Ham Mill Date Fished: 04/05/15

9 brown trout 6-9″ all returned

Name: Graham Waterton Beat Fished: East Dart Date Fished: 26/04/15

14 brown trout 5-8″, 2 brown trout 8-10. All on size 10 elk hair caddis

Name: Mr Holland Beat Fished: 5 – Castle Hill Date Fished: 1/05/15

Warm, sunny, light NE wind. No consistent hatch but a few olives and midges between midday and 3pm. Fished NZ rig, 9 brown trout caught, largest 10″, very low and clear.

Name: Mr Wilcox Beat Fished: 5 – Castle Hill Date Fished: 1/05/15

10 browns to the net with a further 12 lost, largest 12″ – para Adams #16

Name: Mr Wilcox Beat Fished: Two Bridges Date Fished: 1/05/15

3 browns 7-8″ PTN copper bead head #16 and blackcountry PTN my fly #16

Name: Nick Pearce Beat Fished: 3 – Champerhaies Date Fished: 3/05/15

Despite fairly persistent rain, I caught a nice 1lb wild fish 300yds down from the bridge.  It took a beaded daddy.  A few small fish rising but difficult.

Name: Mike Cox Beat Fished: Two Bridges Date Fished: 4/05/15

5 browns 8-10″ #18 parachute Adams

Name: E C Townsend Beat Fished: 7 – Rake Water Date Fished: 21/04/15

Crisp start – followed by bright and sunny day. Some olives and stoneflies coming off the water. Caught 4 small fish on dry fly – all safely returned (de-barbed hooks) plus one on pheasant tail nymph. Fish began rising at 10.30 and were still at it at 4.30pm. A great day out very ably guided by Geoff Stephens

Name: Jason Dingle     Beat Fished: Two Bridges     Date Fished: 25/03/15

Name: J Galley Beat Fished: 19 – Druxton Date Fished: 21/04/15
3 x brown trout, 1 x 10″+ all on dries, lovely sunny day!

Name: Sean Finnegan     Beat Fished: 23 – Treburtle     Date Fished: 25/03/15

Cool at 9 degrees. Sunny periods with downstream wind Caught 5 browns 2″ to 8″, and 1 grayling at 8″ on deep nymph between 1200hrs and 1400hrs. A few midges on surface but fish had their heads down.

Name: Mark Raymont     Beat Fished: 6 – Garramarsh Farm     Date Fished: 22/03/15

Nil, Weather cold and bright beat looking good.

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