Roadford Lake fishing for brown trout

Fishing at Roadford Lake Lodges

If you are staying at Heron, Hornbeam or Snowdrop Lodge and you are an angler, then you are central to very many fishing options, game or coarse, and even some action in the salt should you fancy a little trip to the beautiful Devon coast. So bring along your fishing and plan your fishing adventure from Roadford. If you need any advice, drop us an email. Chris, one of the owners has a lot of local fishing knowledge or can put you on to someone who knows more about Roadford Lake.

Trout caught near Devon Lake Lodge

Game fishing from our Roadford Lodges

Right on your doorstep, there is of course Roadford Lake itself. At just over 30 years old, it was made by damming the River Wolf and is one of the largest areas of water in the SouthWest.

Brown Trout fishing at Roadford can be exceptional and is available from the bank or by boat, with permits online or at the Activity Centre on the far side of the lake from the Lodge. Trout in the 2-3 lb range are very possible, exploring the depths with a team of dark wet flies in the early season. As things warm up, nymphs, surface emergers, and dry flies can result in some spectacular sport, especially on an overcast day with a nice ripple. Like most still waters, however, bright, very hot conditions in high summer can be hard work as the fish seek the cooler, darker depths. But dawn and dusk can still be productive, not to mention the sheer pleasure of just being there at these magical times of the day.

Being such large water, there is rarely an area which does not have some surface ripple but the key to success is to keep moving. Or head to ‘the boils’, 200 yards of aeration pipe from the valve tower, around which fish congregate seeking food in the disturbed, oxygenated water that rises visibly to the surface of the reservoir.

Other stillwater trout fisheries are also nearby. For grown-on Brown Trout and true scenic wilderness, a session on Fernworthy Reservoir (near Chagford) is hard to beat, but it can be difficult early in the early months of the season. Kennick (near Christow) is also a beautiful venue, especially when the rhododendrons are in flower, and it has stocked Browns and Rainbows to a good size. Boats are available at both. Further west, just into Cornwall, Rainbow Trout fishing does not come much better than at Siblyback Lake although, on a wild and windy day, there can be little respite and it is then best left to the watersport enthusiasts. Smaller, private Rainbow fisheries can be found nearby at Tavistock Trout Fishery and Tinhay Quarry Lake at Lifton (contact The Arundell).

If you prefer chasing wild brownies in flowing water then the choice is endless. The Westcountry Angling Passport offers true solitude on miles of Dartmoor Duchy water and permits can be purchased via the ‘Fish Pass’ app. Not far away The Arundell at Lifton offers day permits for non-residents on 20 miles of the Tamar and five of its tributaries, and the Crediton Fly Fishing Club also has day permits on the Taw.

Sea trout and salmon fishing

Migratory sea trout and salmon fishing are available on the nearby Teign, Tamar, Taw & Torridge. The best sea trout fishing in the Southwest is May-Aug and the most successful technique is arguably on the fly at night. Apart from on the Tamar, Spring salmon are rare beasts and Southwest rivers are mainly noted for their back-end salmon in Jul-Oct, with optimal conditions being clearing water falling back after a good spate. These rain-fed rivers rise and fall quickly but, if you get it right, SW salmon fishing can rival any in the UK. Day & week permits can be purchased from The Arundell, The Endsleigh Fishing Club, Upper Teign Fishing Club, and The Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash.

Coarse fishing from Roadford Lake

Roadford offers Perch fishing in the summer months, from boat only, and fish up to 4lbs have been caught using small rubber lures or jigs off the bottom. Carp specialists might want to head towards Bude or Bideford where very large specimens have been caught in Upper & Lower Tamar Lakes, Jennets & Melbury respectively. Other species such as Bream, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Perch and Eel can also be caught at these venues, all run by SW Lakes.

Enjoy sea fishing

Boat charters are available from Ilfracombe (Bluefin Carters) and Appledore (Lundy Charters or Cheeky Monkey) on the North coast, with a multitude of species possible from reefs and wrecks (depending on the time of year) along the truly spectacular coastline. Booking well in advance of your stay is essential.

The North Devon shoreline has also developed a reputation for some great Sea Bass fishing, with some even being caught in the surf on the saltwater fly, wading out amongst the crashing waves on beautiful sandy beaches. But this is not an activity for the faint-hearted and local knowledge should be sought regarding locations, tides and currents.

Please ensure familiarity with local rules (see links below). Those over 12 years old must have an appropriate Environment Agency licence for all types of freshwater fishing, in addition to the venue ticket, and these can be bought online.

The above information cannot possibly be exhaustive and is mainly concentrated on day fishing that is within easy reach of Heron Lodge. But if you discover a wonderful fishing experience and wish to share then please mention it in the visitor’s book so that we can update this fishing page.

Tight lines everyone!

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Explore the trails and cycle routes around the 250 acres of Roadford Lake in the Wolf Valley, with breathtaking views across the trees and open fields surrounding our Devon lake lodge. The ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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