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.
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