The River Avon is one of the hidden gems of the South Hams and it rises on the southern slopes of Dartmoor before flowing 22 miles to reach the sea at Bantham, on the South Devon coast.
The Rake Water, extending for 2 kms as single and double bank fishing, is located to the north of Kingsbridge. This lovely beat, set in lowland farming land, consists of wide open stretches and more enclosed tree lined banks. As described by A.G. Bradley in 1914, ‘The Avon is no brook, nor again is it a broad river, but of precisely the right dimensions in my opinion for a first-rate trouting stream’. The beat offers good brown trout fishing from early April with plenty of water for several anglers to enjoy a day’s fishing using upstream dry fly, wet fly or nymphing tactics.
The beat has two named pools, Pembertons’ and Bramble pool, and a long section of deep glide called the ‘Flats’ found just upstream of Newmill Bridge. There are also interesting riffles, runs and glides to be found between these areas.
Like most rivers in the southwest, the Avon ran very low for much of 2011 due to very dry weather conditions. However, a good number of brown trout, up to 10", were recorded. In previous years larger fish have been recorded and also the occasional sea trout.
Wading is generally easy over gravel and cobble substrate, with good bank access throughout. The beat has now become a real favourite with Passport anglers, even in last year’s long dry summer it produced over 60 brown trout to 13” to the few anglers who ventured out in the heat. Many of the better fish often fall to small dry flies.
Up to 2 rods per day
Brown trout 15 Mar - 30 Sept
Day ticket price:
Brown trout £12.50
(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)
Fly only. Catch and release. Anglers may fish until 1hr after sunset. Sorry no dogs.
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