Fishing 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 more than 3 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 4 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 guiding or tuitions

  • ½ day guiding or tuition - £145 for 1 person £175 for 2
  • Full day guiding or tuition - £195 for 1 person or £245 for 2

Prices for 3 or more people are available on request.

Fishing Breaks - March to end of September

We offer day tickets at £30 per rod if you would just like to do the odd day's fly fishing during your stay.

Our Fishing Breaks offer great value with fly fishing on the River Taw from when you arrive to 5pm on the day of departure, accommodation for 2 nights or more in a single occupancy small double and include:

  • breakfast each morning
  • 3 course dinner each evening from our normal evening menu
  • a printed fishing guide with beat maps and tips
  • a packed lunch on 1 day (must pre-order)

Inclusive price is £160 single per night. A supplement of £20 applies to Saturday night stays and only valid for stays of 2 nights or longer.

Please note that the applicable Rod Licence must be purchased prior to fishing.

Fishing Season

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.


Fishing Brochure

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.

Click here to download the Fishing Brochure »


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Ruth and Stu, Higher Odcombe, Somerset

“Fantastic Stay, great staff, great food, beautiful place!”

James & Teresa Martin, Brisbane, Australia

“lovely spot, grounds, staff, food, fishing all GREAT!”