The Avon has been Paul's "home river" for over 30 years and is where he
roll cast variations to deal with the problem of catching
'spooky' trout in tree-lined rivers.
are delighted to be able to
revive guiding and teaching fishing and fly casting on the Avon which
was begun in 1919 by Mr J.B.S. "Jack" Notley who was born in Diptford
Rectory in 1893. Mr Notley taught on the river until shortly before his
death in 1988.
He described the Avon as "one of the finest Trout streams in the West
Country. Little known and little fished, a grand fly river and no short
risers. I have fished it over 40 years and much prefer it to any of the
numerous rivers I have fished including the Kennett and Lambourn."
Unfortunately in 2017 the Rake Beat on the River Avon has been withdrawn from the Westcountry Angling Passport scheme.
Rake beat on the River Avon
There is a webcam located by the bridge at
the upstream end (Pembertons' Pool) of the beat.