Skip to content Skip to navigation

Tamar Valley Fishing & Rivers

Our three main Tamar Valley rivers are the Tamar, the Tavy and the Lynher - and their many tributaries. Each offers excellent fishing.


The  middle and lower reaches of the Tamar offer superb salmon fishing, with many beats ideal for fly fishing. The River Tamar salmon fishing season runs from March 1st to October 14th, and salmon can be caught almost anywhere along our river system in May, although the first fish of the season often turn up at Gunnislake as early as March.

Later on in the year, sea trout (peal) , brown trout, and greyling fishing are popular. Sea trout fishing in the Tamar Valley is at its peak in July and August, and in settled weather, night fishing on the Tamar can be very rewarding.

The fishing season for greyling runs from 16th June right through to 14th March, so in a calm winter the Tamar Valley is truly an all-year-round fishing destination. If you are not sure when to come, or would like to arrange for licences, why not contact the Arundel Arms, where you can find all the latest information on fly fishing, or get in touch with Plymouth Boat Trips for fishing trips from Plymouth.. The renowned Hotel Endsleigh also offers salmon fishing along the Tamar. 

The Tamar has been designated as an 'index river'and continuous monitoring of fish stocks is carried out to ensure that the fishing throughout the Tamar Valley remains as exciting and rewarding as it is today.

As well as our wonderful rivers, we also have the Tamar Lakes, Siblyback Lake, up on Bodmin moor, has rainbow trout, and Colliford Lake is considered one of Cornwall's best spots for fishing brown trout.  Or, if you are on the Devon side of the Tamar, there's Burrator Reservoir - home of brown and rainbow trout, and set beautifully among the Dartmoor hills, or Roadford Reservoir (brown trout fishery).   On top of that, some of our accommodation providers also offer fishing lakes!

Exploring our Rivers and Lakes

The rivers are quiet and peaceful, and offer lots of opportunities to explore by canoe, under sail or by motorboat.   Motor boat trips run from Cotehele in the summer, where you can also catch the Calstock-Cotehele ferry. Or, take part in a canoe expedition with Canoe Tamar.  If you are interested in bringing your own boat to the Tamar, get in touch with Weir Quay Boatyard in their wonderful setting on the Devon bank of the Tamar.   Plymouth Boat Trips offer one hour scenic Dockyard and Warship Cruises, wildlife cruises as well as ferry service to historic Cawsand, while Mount Batten Ferry services offer a range of services from the Barbican to most areas on the water in Plymouth. 

Entries listed below are randomly sorted, but you can sort them alphabetically by clicking on the column heading if you prefer.

Fishing - places and services

Business Name
Colliford Lake Active & Outdoors

Located south of Jamaica Inn, the famous smugglers haunt immortalised by Daphne du Maurier, Colliford is a tranquil lake providing some excellent moorland walks.

With ample parking, picnic areas and lakeside walks, Colliford provides the... more

Cotehele boat trips Active & Outdoors

Board Shamrock's support boat the 'Nancy Belle' for a two-hour cruise up the Tamar to learn about the flora, fauna and history of the valley. £15. Times and dates vary accoring to the tide. Find details on... more

Siblyback Lake Country Park Active & Outdoors

Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of activities both on and off the water. There is plenty to do at this scenic lake, including miles of walks, cycle trails, excellent bird watching, children's play... more

Burrator Reservoir Active & Outdoors

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the... more

Barn Restaurant at Cotehele Restaurants

Originally a 15th century tithe barn. Specialises in locally sourced, seasonal food. Patio seating available. Licensed. Open daily mid-Feb to 31st December (except 25th and 26th December). Private Parties welcome. Dogs welcome in the patio.

The Edgcumbe Cafes

Serving morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas. Catering for private daytime parties. Dogs welcome in the garden seating area and in the tea-room during winter months.

Special afternoon tea on Sundays (3-4.45pm) in the Long Room... more