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Sydenham - River Lyd

2.6 kms of double bank fishing in superb Elizabethan Estate surroundings with 12 good pools and many nice runs for both fly fishing and spinning.

The Lower Sydenham beat can also be fished when you book the main Sydenham beat. Works will commence shortly to provide anglers access to the hut at hut pool, form a vehicular access to hut pool and improve river access along the lower beat.

The adjoining Lower Sydenham beat can also be fished when fishing this beat. The Lower beat comprises 1 km of single bank fishing with six main pools and a number of nice runs.

The Lyd derives its headwaters from the western slopes of Dartmoor and is one of the most productive of the Tamar tributaries. Because of its origins it is quick to clear after a spate meaning you can get fishing before many of the other Tamar tributaries have cleared. There is the possibility of a salmon from mid May given adequate water; the beat is best fished as the river clears after a spate. The best of the salmon fishing really comes after mid to late August with September spates really spreading fish out. Sea trout from late June and best fished for at dawn/dusk although there is usually a run of larger fish from mid April, which can provide good day time sport. Last season it produced 178 brownies to 12” with 15 grayling to 17”. It also produced 4 salmon, largest 10lb, and 16 sea trout to 5 lb. Wading is generally easy through cobbled pools and runs but take great care when wading over rock/slate substrate.

This really is a lovely fishery and year on year angler’s write-in to say how much they have enjoyed the fishing and the beautiful surroundings.

Wading is generally easy through cobbled pools and runs but take care when deep wading over rock/slate substrate.

Available for early season grayling fishing 1 March to 14 March should river conditions allow.

An iGhillie film clip for the beat can be viewed atwestcountryangling.com – ighillie virtual fishing guide (third item down on menu) . Tactile and large print beat maps are also available for this beat – please contact the Booking Office to obtain copies.

Up to 4 rods per day
Salmon 1 Mar - 14 Oct
Trout 15 Mar - 30 Sept
Grayling 16 June - 31 Oct,

Day ticket price:
Salmon & sea trout £17.50
Trout & grayling £15.00
(Under 17s can fish for half the usual day ticket price and under 12s can fish for free but all must be attended by an angler with a full price ticket - please call Booking Office)

Other details:
Fly and spinner only. Please note FLY ONLY before 16 June. All trout under 7” must be returned. 2 brown or sea trout (over 7”) may be retained per day. 1 salmon may be retained per day subject to national and local byelaws. Please return all grayling (no spinning for grayling). Sorry, no dogs. Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association guidelines recommend at least two thirds of all salmon caught, along with all red or coloured fish are released as well as all salmon over ten pounds caught after the end of August. All sea trout over three pounds should always be released.

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