Fishing in Devon
Fishing at The Fox and Hounds Hotel in Devon
Imagine yourself landing your dry fly in front of a rising trout or heading out as darkness falls and hearing the crash as a sea trout explodes over your fly or just as your fly is swinging through the pool it goes tight and you find yourself attached to a salmon!
The Fox and Hounds hotel is steeped in fishing history with catch records available dating back to the 1940's. With 5 miles of the River Taw for guests to explore there are varied fly fishing opportunities for small stream wild trout, sea trout and the occasional salmon. We have divided it up into 6 beats that are rotated on a daily basis ensuring that you will see a new beat each day.
Fly Fishing School
We are one of the very few hotels with their own fly fishing school on site, with experienced full time AAPGAI instructors able to offer the highest quality in fly fishing instruction, plus guiding on an hourly or daily basis (pre-booking advisable). Click here for more details on the Devon School of Fly Fishing.
If you are new to fly fishing we offer half or full day courses on the trout lake in the hotel's grounds. For the more experienced angler the lake is the perfect venue to have a tune up or to learn a few new casts, such as spey casting or double hauling. Complete beginners can learn to fly fish on our 2 casting lakes, with fishing breaks available that include a half or whole day lesson and overnight accommodation - an ideal gift.
Prices for one person
- Hourly tuition - £30 per hour
- ½ day guiding or tuition - £90
- 1 day guiding or tuition - £150
Prices for 2 or more people are available on request.
About your instructors
Pete Tyjas has been a full time fly fishing guide and instructor for over 10 years, having fished for trout across the world from the UK to New Zealand via the American Mid-West. He holds the AAPGAI instructor’s qualification and produces the monthly fly fishing ezine Eat, Sleep, Fish.
Lewis Hendrie has worked in fly fishing for over eight years and is a passionate angler who has travelled the world in search of trout. He is a well-known face on the competition scene, having represented England in both Junior and Senior disciplines of river fly fishing. He is also a qualified fly fishing instructor.
We offer day tickets at £25 per rod if you would just like to do the odd day during your stay and have equipment to hire (pre-booked) if required. Our Fishing Breaks offer great value and include:
Fly fishing on the River Taw from when you arrive to 5pm on the day of departure
Accommodation for 2, 3 or 4 nights in a single occupancy small double or twin room for groups
Breakfast and 2 course dinner from our normal evening menu (can be swapped for lunch if you prefer)
Souvenir fishing guide with beat maps and tips
Box of flies tied locally
Packed lunch on 1 day (must pre-order)
- 2 days £225
- 3 days £275
- 4 days £315
Non-fishing partners can join you (sharing your room) for just £70 per night including dinner and breakfast. A supplement of £20 applies to Saturday night stays. Add £90 for half day private one-on-one tuition or guiding with our expert teachers.
We have waders, rods and flies available to hire or purchase and the Fishing School guides are always around early doors to offer tips and advice. Their expert tuition will really help get the most from the River Taw.
Fishing Season 2015
For the latest news on fishing in Devon, take a look at the Devon School of Fly Fishing Blog.
Take a look at one of our beats on the River Taw on a live Webcam.
The Fox and Hounds Hotel in North Devon can lay claim to being a true fly fishing hotel. Countless anglers have passed through its doors having experienced some world class fishing on The River Taw. With a healthy head of wild brown trout and runs of both sea trout and salmon, there are many and varied opportunities for visiting angler to enjoy. The river is also home to kingfishers, dippers and wagtails and don't be surprised if you bump into an otter too.