Game Fishing Articles: Fishing Tips and Advice

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These angling articles, some written specifically for Get Hooked, will help you get the most out of your fly fishing in the Westcountry.

There is advice on tackle, bait and where to fish. Some are specific to particular areas, others more general. Even seasoned local anglers are sure to find some useful information among them. Not all are advice, some are humorous, others intend to inform on ecological and environmental issues. We are sure you will enjoy reading them.

East Lyn Fishery to Remain Closed Sept 2013

Submitted by Mandi on September 11, 2013 - 4:05pm

 East Lyn Fishery to remain closed - September 2013

The Watersmeet and Glenthorne fishery on Exmoor’s River Lyn is to remain closed until the end of the 2013 season to safeguard salmon and sea trout stocks. The Environment Agency closed the fishery on July 12 following a higher than normal number of fish deaths due to disease. The action was taken to reduce stress on remaining fish and ensure as many as possible successfully spawn later this year. A similar outbreak occurred on the East Lyn in 2012. Symptoms shown by diseased fish include open lesions around the head and fungus on fins and other parts of the body. A detailed post mortem examination of a salmon carried out at the Agency’s National Fisheries Laboratory proved inconclusive.

Learn to Fly Fish at Kennick Reservoir 2013

Submitted by Mandi on May 21, 2013 - 3:15pm

At Kennick Reservoir, Christow, near Exeter

Full Day sessions
10:00am to 4:00pm
Starting with the basics of equipment, casting techniques, knots, fly selection, fishing techniques, playing and landing a fish. Also opportunity to fish in the afternoon. Price includes tuition, loan of all tackle and fishing permit..

Sat 8 June, Sun 23 June, Sun 7 July, Sat 27 July 2013
Cost £25 payable in advance to South West Lakes Trust
All events are covered by an Environment Agency temporary rod licence so no need to purchase a separate licence. Not suitable for children under 13. Must be booked in advance.
For full details or to book a place please contact Mike Holland on 01392 354019 or email [email protected]

Spring Conference 2013 - Exmoor’s Rivers

Submitted by Mandi on April 18, 2013 - 12:57pm

The recent dramatic flooding before and after Christmas was a timely reminder of the power of Exmoor’s rivers. Bridges were damaged or destroyed, fields denuded of soil,tarmac ripped up on roads and lanes, trees and silt deposited in different places and many houses flooded. It could be argued that we neglect at our peril the importance that rivers
and streams play in our lives. Exmoor’s rivers are an important source of supply for drinking water and water quality;
they provide crucial habitats which support a wide range of species including salmon and other migratory fish. Many of the fast flowing scenic rivers have carved dramatic landforms and picturesque floodplains, evoking a strong sense of place and attracting

South West Lakes Trust Trout Fishing Competitions 2013

Submitted by Mandi on April 18, 2013 - 11:25am

Fly Fishing on Wimbleball Lake

Trout Fishing Competitions 2013 - Sat 20 April 2013 to Sun 1 September 2013 

At South West Lakes Trust we extend a warm welcome to all trout anglers, whether beginner or expert.

Throughout 2013 we will be running a number of fishing competitions for individuals, pairs and groups. The range of fishing we offer ensures excellent sport for all anglers. Our still water rainbow and brown trout fisheries are among the best in the West, with natural, free wilderness sites offering an inexpensive, but maybe challenging, day out in beautiful countryside.

 2013 Competitions

South West Fishing For Life

Submitted by Mandi on March 13, 2013 - 4:24pm

Fishing is not on the top of the list of things to do when you have been through the trauma of breast cancer, and trying to get your life back together again. But as the members of an organisation called Fishing For Life have discovered it is exactly what this group has helped them to do. SWFFL provides a network of friends and support to help breast cancer patients with ‘moving on’ and coping with difficult times, as well as the ability to share information and experiences with people who can empathise. Thanks to the generosity of various waters and all the volunteers these days are free for the members to attend and also provide them with a social and supportive network.

South West Fly Fair 2013

Submitted by Mandi on February 27, 2013 - 11:59am

   ******** South West Fly Fair, Roadford Lake - Sat 9 Mar 2013 **********

  Calling all fly fisherman, both novice and advanced!

On Saturday 9 March Roadford Lake, near Launceston, will be hosting a new attraction - The South West Fly Fair, organised jointly by South West Lakes Trust and the Westcountry Rivers Trust. The event, which is set to become a regular feature in the trout fisherman's calendar in anticipation of the new season, includes the opportunity to watch and learn from some of the greatest fly-tiers in the region, brush up on casting skills, see and try the latest tackle and listen to a series of guest speakers.

With free entry and with a variety of activities on offer the event is definitely one not to be missed!

The fair will run from 2pm - 7pm and will include trade stands, fly tying demonstrations and clinics and the opportunity to learn from the experts and have a go yourself.

Lucy Bowden Talks About Fishing For Everyone And Her Passion For Angling November 2011

Submitted by Mandi on November 3, 2011 - 3:19pm

November 2011

One of the questions many people ask me when they find out I’m an angler is what got me into it and why is it such a big part of my life. My response always is, “My Dad got me into the sport and for that I am eternally grateful.” Angling like with many of us, to me is more than just a hobby, it is my life and everything I do, the people I know and my career revolves around that one hobby. Fishing For Everyone was first created in 2005 from the adolescent idea that I wanted to encourage more people, in particular more females into the sport of angling. I was young at the time and wanted to make a difference for the good. Although things didn’t happen overnight, over a period of time I feel I’ve established myself as a dedicated and proactive role model for ladies in the sport.


Many people do not realise it but in fact the FFE website was just that to begin with– an information website before a year following its initial launch it was developed into an e-commerce website selling ladies angling clothing and accessories, and later on, my coaching services. Although I’m only 24 years old now, two years ago I decided I wanted to give something back to my community and so went about founding the Fishing For Everyone Ladies Fishing Club, an angling club dedicated to encouraging more ladies into the sport of angling. Although it wasn’t an easy task, in its first year the Club proved such a success that by year two we applied for official angling Club status and a committee was put in place, along with club rules and a constitution. Today the Club hold regular events every month covering all angling disciplines from fly fishing to predator, sea and coarse fishing.


The club is open to all females and junior members under the age of 17. I stand as Chairman and I’m very proud of what we’ve created. Recently someone asked me, what’s in it for you, why do you give up your free weekend’s to voluntarily run a ladies fishing club? Why not I often say back... there are few things I’d rather be doing. Seeing the faces of those young and old catch their first fish does it for me every time... it’s more than just catching fish, it’s an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. Since forming the club I’ve qualified as a level 2 UKCC Game Angling Coach and the youngest female coach of this description in the UK. Knowing this fact is a huge honour for me and actually quite a scary thought. I love coaching and like to get out regularly – it’s in my blood, young and old, male and female – it doesn’t matter.

As well as running my own business and standing as Chairman of a fishing club I also work full time for world renowned fishing tackle manufacturer, Hardy & Greys. I’ve been with the company for nearly four years and love the variety of the job. Recently I have attended various enterprise days in local schools and

workshops where I have given motivational talks.Many have asked, do you think you are a success or where do you want to be in five years time? I like to get them thinking and ask them what determines success. Is it making money, having a nice house or flash car or is it achieving what you’ve always wanted, being happy in yourself, self assured and confident with the person you are. For me, it’s certainly the latter.

Lucy coaching Lucy

Fishing and the great friends I’ve met along the way have made me who I am today... I’m sure no other industry can do the same. As for where do I want to be in five years time, I often look back five years ago when I was 19 and never had an inclination I’d ever be where I am today so the answer simply is, who knows – happy, healthy and successful I hope. Bring on the fishing!

 Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Follow on Facebook / Twitter:LucyBowdenFFE

South West Rivers Association 2011

Submitted by Mandi on September 22, 2011 - 3:47pm

SWRA is the voice of riparian owners and game angling in the South West. It is the umbrella of the individual river associations in the South West and a powerful lobbying body regularly consulted by the Environment Agency and Government. Its main aim is to see salmon and sea trout stocks and the sport of angling for them return to their former glory. As with many aspects of modern life, angling and our freedom to enjoy it have been threatened by an ever-growing bureaucracy. Our rivers are also subject to pressure from abstraction, pollution and public access. By enabling individual rivers to work together to speak with one voice SWRA continues to influence the political and environmental agenda in a number of key areas, including: Salmon Stock Assessment - we lobby for a more accurate approach, a requisite of good management. Salmon Stocking Policy - we support effective stocking to compensate for the effects of environmental degradation. Our Hatchery Best Practice Group, supported by the Environment Agency and Westcountry Rivers Trust, is ensuring the best possible use of our volunteer hatchery teams.

Canoeing - we continue to support the policy of voluntary access agreements and have helped secure more acceptable ones on some rivers Abstraction - over-abstraction remains a serious threat. In South Devon we are working with the Angling Trust to reduce the unacceptable levels of abstraction. The biggest and newest threat is the rapid growth in hydropower developments. Our Secretary is not only active at a local level but sits on the National Hydropower Stakeholder Group set up to ensure best practice..

Partnership Working - with the inevitable cuts in Environment Agency funding, the management of our rivers and their fisheries will increasingly depend on the work of the charitable and voluntary sector. SWRA is a lead player in developing this approach.

If you would like to know more about the work of South West Rivers Association by joining the mailing list for its Newsletter, or wish to become an individual member, please contact the Secretary, Roger Furniss at: [email protected]