Safety: Parking, access, wading and checking river levels
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.
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.
Guidance notes for sessions at Fernworthy reservoir
https://trout.swlakesfishing.co.uk/waters/fernworthy/ Drive on up to the reservoir. Eventually you will find the car park on
your right. Stop at the point where you would turn right into the car park.
Directly in front of you is a wooden five bar gate with a sign upon it
saying “anglers parking only”. Open and drive through the gate. Close gate!
Continue down the track about 250 meters and you will find an obvious parking
area on right. Park and dismount. Access to the permit hut is via the adjacent
track. The permit hut is next to the water about 75 meters from the parking
The following notes will assist those new to fly fishing and those travelling
from abroad who are new to UK fishing.
What to wear. Wellington boots or good outdoor shoes are sufficient. If you want to
wear trainers in good weather that’s ok but they may get muddy and wet.
Waders are not required. Bring a hat and glasses or sunglasses for safety
reasons. We normally carry safety glasses and some old hats with us but
you might prefer your own (we would).
Wear outdoor clothing suitable to the time of year. In the spring and
autumn it can turn cold at any time. If you are thinking of a shirt, T
shirt, fleece and body warmer in the spring, double it! Its always better
to bring too many layers than not enough.
It can rain at any time on Dartmoor, unless the weather forecast says
there is no chance of rain bring some form of waterproof. You might want
to bring gloves in March and April.
Food and drink. Bring something to eat and drink as we always take at least two breaks.
In a summer heatwave, think,
plenty to drink.
Sunscreen and insect repellent. Only you know what factor sunscreen you like. We use total sunblock or
factor 30 minimum. On occasion, small biting midges can pose a problem
from May until September, generally after light rain in still air, in the
late afternoon or evening. Don’t be overly concerned by this, our midges
are nowhere near as vicious as the Scottish highland midge, but if insects
flying about bother you just have some repellent handy.
You don’t need any. If you have some please do bring it with you.
Environment Agency rod licence and fishing permit. These are two different things. You must have an Environment Agency rod
licence. These can be purchased at a post office or online. The minimum
requirement is for a, 1 day, trout and coarse 2 rod licence costing £6.00
(2018/19 price). See,
https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences For beginners sessions bring £5.00 cash for your reduced rate fishing
permit. If you are redeeming a voucher the permit may have been paid for
in advance and this will be checked before the session.
Toilets. Usually open from end of April until October, but don’t bank on it!. Au
naturel/”en plein air” is possible in the woods and hedgerows. Other than
that the nearest public toilets are in Chagford about a 20 minute drive
Communications. Mobile signal is poor around Fernworthy. Please do not used your mobile
phone whilst under instruction except for taking photographs or video footage.
Dogs. Through experience, dogs not permitted.
Please do let us have any questions arising from the above. Thank you.
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Duchy of Cornwall - Dartmoor Fishery
Chest waders are required for fishing on Dartmoor
Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outerwear - the weather is changeable on Dartmoor