Beat 27: Knowle Farm
River Lew – River Tamar
Beat 27: Knowle Farm – River Lew
SX 441834 – SX 454846 2200m double bank
This is a lovely long stretch of classic brown trout water that may also produce the occasional grayling. It comprises a number of pools and deep runs that largely flow through open meadows. The River Lew contains a good head of brownies to 15” and it clears quickly after a spate. Good dry fly water suited to a shorter 7-8ft fly rod. With a few more boots on the water, 2017 produced plenty of brown trout and some good sized grayling. The lower section has been cut back for 2017 to improve access for anglers.
Directions & Access:
Turn left out of the Hotel car park. 1.5 miles past Lifton turn right beside the Harris Arms. Stay on this road for 2 miles, crossing the narrow bridge over the river Lew, and take an unmarked right turn 50 yards up the hill. Park just beyond the stone wall taking care not to obstruct the gateway. Walk back down the road towards the narrow bridge and enter the field on your right.
Info & Restrictions:
Fly only. All trout under 8” must be returned, no more than 2 trout to be retained per day. Please return all grayling. Sorry, no dogs. Please note this is an Arundell Arms Hotel beat and there is no token box – please deposit tokens and catch returns at the Hotel Reception (8am – 9pm) which is in the nearby village of Lifton. NB. The ‘Cockpit’ is open for tackle sales and advice 9-10am & 6.30-7pm during the summer, day rods are also available on the Hotel’s water – tel. 01566 784666.
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