Fishing at Endsleigh
Beats 1 -5
1. Tracks. Please keep your car to the riverside tracks and shut all gates you open. Please do not drive vehicles across the fields during periods of wet weather.
2. Dogs please keep your dogs (which we welcome) under effective control. On beats 1 and 5 there may be sheep in some of the fields and in that case control is likely to mean keeping them on a lead or in a well-ventilated car.
2. Fishing Methods - Endsleigh.
- Almost all the fish are caught on fly but spinning is allowed if in the opinion of the river keeper the visibility of the water is less than 2ft.
3. During the mandatory catch and release period (March 1st - 16th June) fishers are requested to use small single hooks only.
4. Trout Fishing. Anyone who has a salmon rod can fish for brown trout, as can any one person accompanying them.
- Trout fishers should be careful to avoid the salmon pools.
- Trout fishing is best avoided on beat 6.
5. Sea Trout Fishing.
Night time Sea Trout fishing is dangerous. It should not be attempted by the inexperienced unless accompanied by an experienced night fisher who knows the river.
- Visit the beat by day and note the positions of steps, croys, rocks and other hazards.
- Take and use a wading stick
- Take a waterproof torch, preferably one you can wear on a neck strap or headband.
- Wear a flotation device
- Carry a whistle.
- Make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to return.
- Even if experience it is NOT sensible to fish alone.
- Popular Sea Trout areas are highlighted in red throughout the fishing notes.
6. Sharing a Beat . If you are sharing a beat with someone you don't know introduce yourself to him or her before you start. Many people have found that a convenient arrangement is for one to start at the top of the beat and the other at the bottom. The next day the starting points are reversed and so on.
7. Safety. While every care has been taken in the preparation of these notes re wading etc. and in the maintenance of croys and steps etc., it is up to the individual fishers to exercise their own judgement as to the safety of their wading and using steps, croys and boats having regard to their state, the river and bank conditions prevailing and their own capabilities.
Pools which are especially difficult to fish because of difficult wading are marked with an asterisk *.