Fishing at The Fox and Hounds Country 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 & Hounds hotel is steeped in fishing history with catch records available dating back to the 1940s. With 6 miles of the river Taw for guests to explore there are many, varied fly fishing opportunities for small stream wild trout, sea trout and the occasional salmon. We are one of the very few hotels who have their own in house fly fishing school of experienced full time AAPGAI instructors able to offer the highest quality in fly fishing instruction or guiding on an hourly or daily basis (pre-booking advisable).

If you are new to fly fishing we are able to offer half or full day courses on our 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 add a few new casts to the armoury such as spey casting or double hauling. Complete beginners can learn to fly fish on our 2 casting lakes - book a half or whole day lesson and overnight accommodation as a special treat for someone.

Free Fishing on Open Day

The season starts on March 15th so come along and fish for FREE with one of our guides for a sociable start to the season. Register your place NOW on 01769 580345. From 9am - own equipment required

Prices for one person

Prices for 2 or more people available on request

Single accommodation from £65 per night

Fishing Breaks

Our 3 night fishing breaks from £192 per person offer the most flexibility and allow up to 72 hours fishing on the River with 3 nights accommodation. Please note if you are unable to fish during your stay you will not be charged for the fishing tickets or equipment hire arranged for you. Non fishing partners can join you (sharing your room) for just £152 more for the 3 nights extra.

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 Taw see devonschoolofflyfishing.com for more information.



Fishing Courses 2014

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of May - Competent Angler - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Join professional fly fishing guides and instructors Pete Tyjas and Lewis Hendrie from the Devon School of Fly Fishing for a two day group course covering everything you need to get the most from your river trout fishing.The course will cover all aspects of casting, tackle selection and fishing techniques needed for you to maximise success and enjoyment on the river. Over the two days you will learn to fine tune and adapt traditional methods for catching trout along with the most up to date ones too.
Items covered include:
Tackle – What we are using and why?
Flies – What do we use and when?
Casting – Applications for river fishing, presentation casts, loop control.
Techniques – Dry fly, Spiders, NZ, Duo, nymph fishing and long leader techniques.
Watercraft – Reading the water efficiently.
Wading – Safety and stealth.
Fishing – Put what you have learnt into practice on over 6 miles of the River Taw with guided fishing.
There is no classroom time. Everything takes place outside and on the river in real fishing situations.
This course will suit the improving and experienced angler.

2 full days plus overnight accommodation for 2 nights with breakfast included £230 per person in a single room or £250 for single occupancy of a double room

Fly fishing courses


Beginners Fly Fishing Course Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May

Join Pete Tyjas and Lewis Hendrie from the Devon School of Fly Fishing and learn how to fly fish a river for wild brown trout.
This weekend course will teach you everything you need to know to become a competent fly angler.
Items covered include:
Safety around the water
The equipment we use and why
Learning to cast a fly rod
Basic entomology
Reading the water
Our quarry – the trout
Fishing – putting into practice what we have learnt

There is no classroom time, everything takes places outside in the river or right next to it. We teach in a relaxed, easy to understand manner and most of all want the days to be fun.
You will need to bring- hat, sunglasses (polarised are best) and a waterproof jacket.
You will also need a Environment Agency non migratory fishing license available from a Post office or from the link below

250 per person to include 2 full days tuition, equipment hire and overnight B&B accommodation for 2 nights in a single room50 p.p.

About your instructors.
Pete Tyjas has been a full time fly fishing guide/instructor for over 10 years and has fished for trout 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.

Fishing Season 2014


For a webcam shot of our beats on the River Taw and the latest blog from the Devon School of Fly Fishing please click this link.

Fishing Brochure

The Fox and Hounds can lay claim to being a true fly fishing hotel. Countless anglers have passed through its doors having experienced fishing on one of Devon's major rivers, The Taw. With a healthy head of wild brown trout and runs of both sea trout and salmon there are many and varied opportunities for the visiting angler to enjoy. The river is also home to numerous kingfishers, dippers and wagtails and don't be surprised if you bump into an otter too. The Hotel has over 5 miles of the Taw divided up into 6 beats that are rotated on a daily basis ensuring that you will see a new beat each day.

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