Beat 26: Sydenham

River Lyd – River Tamar

Beat 26: Sydenham – River Lyd

SX 43482 83288 – SX 41512 84761     84761  2.6km mixed single and double bank

An extensive beat set in the superb Elizabethan Estate surroundings with 12 good pools and many nice runs for both fly fishing and spinning. There is a chance of a salmon from mid-May given adequate water and it is best fished as the river clears after a spate. Sea trout from late June and best fished for at dawn/dusk with a run of larger fish from mid-April, which can provide great day time sport. As ever, Sydenham has had a number of great fish taken. Salmon, peel trout and grayling filled the returns for 2017.

5 Tokens

Beat Details

Trout: 15 March – 30 Sept

Salmon: 1 March – 14 October

Grayling: 16 June – 31 October

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Directions & Access:

From Launceston, take the old A30 through Lifton towards Okehampton. After 1.5 miles turn right beside the Harris Arms pub and continue on this road for 1.5 miles and then turn right to Sydenham. Drive over the bridge, round to your right ,continue for 100m and park tidally on the left next to the barn and trucks.  The token box is on a post at the bridge.  Please leave a token stub or note on your dashboard so Estate staff realise your car is an angler’s.  


Info & Restrictions:

Please note, the left hand bank from the bridge up (approx 200m), is private property and should not be used for access and or fishing. Fly fishing & spinning only. No bait fishing. Please note FLY ONLY before 16 June. 1 salmon, 2 trout or 2 sea trout may be retained per day but please refer to the guidelines below. After 1 September all fish over ten pounds or 30 inches in length to be released. Please use barbless or de-barbed hooks. Sorry, no dogs.

Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association guidelines recommend at least two thirds of all salmon caught, along with all red or coloured fish are released as well as all salmon over ten pounds caught after the end of August, all sea trout over three pounds should always be released.

iGhillie Fishing Guide

The iGhillie guides provide some invaluable insider tips to some of the beats available on our Westcountry Angling Passport scheme. In this episode we are given a tour of one of the best beats in the Passport scheme – the Lyd at Sydenham.

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