Fishing the river Tamar for salmon & sea trout

The Tamar is one of the best salmon and sea trout rivers in the southwest of England, also producing some of the finest wild brown trout and grayling fishing in the region. The best of the Tamar salmon fishing – on the middle and lower reaches – features miles of classic fly water, with many beats catering largely for the fly angler.

While salmon are caught earlier in the season, the fishing is at its best from late summer onwards, with anglers’ attentions turned to sea trout (known locally as ‘peal’) in high summer. These enigmatic fish provide excellent sport for night fly fishers – surely the pinnacle of westcountry fly fishing.

Endsleigh Fishing Club has fishing on 12 miles – both banks – of the lower River Tamar below Greystone Bridge. The Tamar is the best Salmon river in the South-West and Endsleigh has the best stretch of the Tamar. It forms exceptionally beautiful, prolific and secluded fishing. The salmon season commences on March 1st and ends on October 14th.

The fishing is almost exclusively fly fishing and is divided into 6 Beats which are fished in rotation. Cars can be driven along the riverside track to almost all pools. Much of the fishing is done from the bank or croys or by wading (chest waders are a distinct advantage in some pools). Read more

The Arundell Arms has been one of Englands premier fishing hotels for more than half a century and has 20 miles of its own water on the Tamar and six of its tributaries. The prime beats for salmon and sea trout cover nine miles of the Tamar and Lyd and rotate on a daily basis. The hotel’s fishing includes the Tamar catchments finest sea trout water on the Lower Lyd. Read more

Easily accessible from London, Bristol and the south of England in general, the Tamar is a wonderful fishery that provides varied angling for wild fish in the idyllic surroundings of Devon and Cornwall. Read more

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