Fly Fishing Devon: Logistics for Instruction & Guiding on Dartmoor Rivers

Things to bear in mind

  • Anglers must obtain an Environment Agency (EA) rod licence before fishing.

  • With complete beginners we often recommend a lesson on a lake beforehand.

  • For your safety wear eye protection: sunglasses, polaroids. or prescription spectacles

  • What do I need to bring to an instruction or guiding session?

  • We can provide suitable equipment: rod, reel, line and flies etc.

  • Or you may prefer to use your own. Here are  our suggestions  for suitable tackle.

  • Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outerwear - the weather is changeable on Dartmoor.

Footwear and clothing

  • Chest waders are required for fishing on Dartmoor and the River Yealm. Stout walking boots or wellington boots are recommended for instruction on a lake.

  • Please bring your own waders if you are fishing on a river, To prevent the risk of spreading foot infections we do not hire waders.

  • Waders vary widely in price. For occasional use we recommend Snowbee Granite PVC Chest Waders for fishing on Dartmoor; chest or thigh waders for the Upper Yealm , see:  http://www.snowbee.co.uk

  • Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outerwear - the weather is changeable on Dartmoor.


  • Upper Yealm Fishery

    We normally meet you at 10am or 2pm in the car-park of the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge. See here for directions

    The Upper Yealm Fishery is a 5 token (£15) Westcountry Angling Passport beat.

    Westcountry Angling Passport tokens can be purchased online from the Westcountry Angling Passport  website

    Or in person, or via 'phone, from the Snowbee shop: Contact details

    Let us know if you encounter a problem purchasing Tokens.

    Please pay the guide fee by cheque or in cash

    Safety: Parking, access, wading and checking river levels

    Lower beat

    The Lower beat offers convenient parking within a short distance of the river with several easy access points from the river bank. We recommend using a wading staff.

    Upper beat

    A private fisherman's path runs alongside the Upper beat with several access points from the river bank. There are several deep pools on this beat. We recommend using a wading staff.

    Brief tour of Lower beat

    Brief tour of Upper beat

    Filmed on 30th November 2018

    Checking river levels

    Before fishing we recommend using the link on our website  to check current river levels on the Environment Agency website.