For the Fishing Reports page to be effective we really need details of your catches. Please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org and will endeavor to keep this page up to date for the benefit of members and visitors. It is always useful to have details of the location, the method used and the fly or lure that was successful.
FINGERS CROSSED FOR MARCH 2020!
GOING,GOING, .....? TIME FOR ACTION!: UPDATE ON LOTTERY BID
It is normally the opening day of the trout fishing season which is highlighted first in red pen as soon as I get my New Year diary at Christmas. However, for 2020, March 4th will be my first highlight as this could be a really important date for the River Teign, its migratory fish, and raising the profile of angling and conservation in the area. On March 4th we will hear the outcome of our Lottery bid with a total value of £261,000.
Over the last six months, a working group of the Teign Angling & Conservation Association – TACA (previously known as the Teign Fisheries Association) have been pulling together an exciting Lottery application for the River and its fish.
If our bid is successful, we will be working with partners (EA, NT, Westcountry Rivers Trust, MED Theatre and Peter Randall-Page, UTFA, LTFA) to deliver the following over a four year period (2020 – 2024) – we will:
- Engage a new Project Officer to recruit and inspire a small army of volunteers and co-ordinate practical conservation work and monitoring across the entire length of the River and its tributaries from source to the tidal boundary. Typical works will include walkover surveys, removing any obstacles from key spawning tributaries, managing bankside vegetation, coppice management on over-shaded areas, gravel cleaning, Riverfly monitoring, juvenile fish surveys, identifying potential sources of pollution, surveys of avian predators and annual spawning Redd surveys (see link to the Conservation Statement for more information).
- Capture the angling memories, stories and archive material from some of our most senior club members and riparian owners and use this rich material to produce a quality book on the River - the proceeds of which will go to fund future fish conservation works.
- Work with the National Trust to create a new fishing and conservation themed interpretation feature in the Gun Room at Castle Drogo.
- Engage, inform and inspire local people and visitors raising the profile of the River and awareness of the issues affecting our declining fish populations. Working creatively with the acclaimed artist Peter Randall-Page and the MED Theatre.
- Inspire more people to go fishing and join our two angling associations.
As you can imagine, there is a great deal more detail contained in the application and all the supporting documents which we submitted in November. If we are successful there will be a fantastic opportunity for the right person to become our Project Officer (as a self-employed contractor) and loads of opportunities for members to get involved.
The title of our project is particularly poignant when you look at the historic decline in our migratory fish. Through this project we want to help ensure that the spectacle of Salmon and Sea Trout leaping up the River can be enjoyed by future generations and that our angling and conservation heritage is more widely recognised and valued.
We are most grateful to those who have provided offers of match funding for the Project and to the LTFA for agreeing to provide a short-term loan to aid cash flow if we are successful.
So it is fingers crossed for March 2020!
Best wishes for the Festive Season.
For more information on the Lottery bid contact our Executive Team comprising of: David West (TACA Vice Chair & UTFA), Roger Furniss (TACA Chairman & SW Rivers Association), Neil Yeandle (Secretary TACA & LTFA), Richard Wright (Treasurer TACA).
THE 2019 SEASON
Sadly it is the end of another season on the Upper Teign - if only the heavy rain could have arrived a month earlier to bring fresh fish to the upper reaches! if only I could find more time to be beside the River!
In my final fishing report for 2019 - Bill Crumby caught a small coloured salmon about 5lb above Clifford and lost another above Fingle on the 30th September.
Visiting angler Nigel Nunnand his wife Julia had a week long permit from Sept 22nd and despite poor weather had 'great trout' most days all taken on dry flies and light tackle.The icing on the cake for Nigel was a totally unexpected Sea Trout of between 5-6lb while fishing a dry fly down a foam line in the Rushford Bend area. Nigel reports that 'luckily all my leader and tippet held and most importantly the fish didn’t go ballistic so I could keep it on a size 16 barbless hook'. Nigel sent a hastily taken picture (below) and the fish was returned surprised but unharmed...
I am sure the capture of this fish will remain in Nigels mind for a long time and I hope you have similar special memories to keep you going through the winter months.
PLEASE CAN I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO COMPLETE AND SEND (Post or Email) YOUR CATCH RETURNS TO ME FOR THE 2019 SEASON - NIL RETURNS INCLUDED.
This information is important and used by the club in discussions with bodies such as the Environment Agency on the state of the River.
14th SEPTEMBER UPDATE
As we enter the final few weeks of the 2019 season more fish to inspire you to make that visit to the River!
Is this the best fish of the season? that man Brian Parry has done it again. On the evening of Thursday 12th September, Brian fished a stoats tail tube fly at Upperton to attract this fabulous cock Sea Trout. Measuring 27" the fish is estimated to weigh just over 7lb and was carefully returned.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday 10th September, Derek Myhill caught a Salmon of 7lb recorded on film and netted by Richard Jackson. Derek also had three peal also returned.
6th SEPTEMBER UPDATE
September is here! Historically one of the best months for catches on the River so if you have not ventured out so far this season then it is time to find that excuse to be at one with the stunning environment of our UTFA waters. To help inspire you further here are the latest fishing reports.
Brian Parry is having a good season! on the evening of 5th September he popped up to Upperton Weir and despite clear skies and falling temperatures landed the beautiful sea trout in the photo below. He reports that at first the pool stretch seemed to be very quiet and unpromising. After a quiet first hour he had a real solid take from a well-conditioned, hard fighting, fish. It turned out to be a 24" fish of around 5lb taken on a tube fly. The fish was carefully returned to fight another day. Well done Brian.
Back in August, Derek Myhill caught a 9lb Salmon spinning in the Upperton area. The fish was returned.
Visiting angler, Neil Owens fishing with member Andrew Keating had some great trout fishing over the August Bank Holiday. Wading up from Clifford Bridge on Sun 25th Aug he reports catching well over a dozen Brown Trout mostly 6 - 8" along with a couple at 10" and one 12" fish all on dry flies. Then on Tues 27th Aug he caught 6 fish below Fingle Bridge which were all in the 10 - 12" category. All on dry flies and surprisingly large dry flies (size 12 Iron Blue Dun!) for the River. In particualr he had success fishing in the riffles just below stretches of rapids. He reports that all the fish were fin perfect and adds 'who said fishing in August is rubbish'!
I hope you can all get to enjoy the River this month.
18th AUG UPDATE
The heavy rain on Friday 16th has brought fresh fish into UTFA waters. On Sunday 18th August, Brian Parry had a great day. First he caught the coloured Salmon pictured below measuring 30" and an estimated 10lb from B.R.S pool followed by a fresh 2lb Sea Trout.
7th AUG UPDATE
On the 15th July visiting angler Paul Ackland fished below Fingle Bridge and reported catching a number of beautiful spotted brownies with one fish of around 12" (see picture) fishing New Zealand style and taking fish on the dry and nymph. Later on the evening of the 24th July our Chairman Dave Scott abandoned his original plan to fish Chagford Weir (due to excited teenagers noisey activities!) and instead fished a favourite spot upstream to be rewarded with a fine 20" Sea Trout which was carefully returned to fight another day. Richard Jackson had a 2lb fish around the same time. Andrew Keating fished the sandy beach halfway between Clifford and Fingle Bridge on 20th July following rain and reports catching two good Brown Trout up to 12".
Rusell Scott-Lawson had a great nights fishing at Upperton Weir on Sunday 4th August - having lost a Sea Trout in the region of 4 - 5lb he followed this with 2 further Sea Trout one of 2lb and another of 1.5lb. All fish were caught on a wake lure. With the promise of the first heavy and prolonged rain of the summer coming this weekend, hopefully a pulse of fresh migratory fish will come up to the UTFA waters.
Please keep sending in your catch reprts. Tight lines David.
14th JULY UPDATE
Having not seen a significant rain for some time now, Dartmoor is incredibly dry under foot and once again the River water level along the UTFA fishery is very low. Since my last report, Ollie Kelly - a visiting angler - caught a number of small Brown Trout along with one of 11" fishing above Clifford Bridge on Tuesday 2nd July. Ollie is keen to return. Lots of small trout (below 7") catches have been reported by both visitors and members. On 6th July, Richard Penrose reports catching a Sea Trout at Chagford and was surprised to discover that is was a school peal of 12". The fish took a Teign Ghost tied on a small plastic tube. Richard also commented that he has not heard so many fish jumping at Chagford for years - which is encouraging. Richard Jackson also caught his first peal of the season at the start of the month.
Anglers will have noted a number of new barriers made from felled tree material plus some boulders situated along the Clifford to Fingle track and the River. Having now spoken with the Woodland Trust, I can confirm that this is work in progress and will be largely focussed on stretches where bankside erosion is threatening the long-term stability of the trail. The work is intended to prevent dogs from easily accessing the water - a goal which we would generally support as long as access to key 'in' and 'out' points for fishing pools is not restricted. Do feedback any significant problems. Finally,I can confirm that this year UTFA will have a stand at the Chagford Show (15th Aug) - do come along to the show and encourage any potential new members to pay us a visit!
26th JUNE UPDATE
Fishing at Chagford for the first time this season, Richard Penrose had a brace of Sea Trout on Friday 14th June. One fish - a male- weighed 3lb 6oz and had quite bad UDN disease. The other weighed 2lb 3 oz. Dave Scott lost a decent fish on the same night. On Sat 15 June, Major Phillip Cooper was fishing as a guest of Neil Cross and caught a strong 8 - 10lb Salmon at Boars Reach. The fish took a number 1 copper Mepps fished across the current.The fish had been in the river for some time but was clean. Once the photo (see below) was taken it was carefully returned to fight another day. River levels remain low as we head towards a hot weekend - where is the rain? I have received very few trout returns over the last fortnight - do let me know of any memorable days or evenings spent beside our beautiful river.
12th JUNE UPDATE
On Tues 11th June at 10:50pm visiting angler Daniel Hannam caught a 17" Sea Troutat Drogo Weir Pool on a WMD (Pilkington) fly. This morning UTFA member Gary Clark thought that he might have caught his first Teign Salmon. This fine fish of 24" (see pictures below) took a Rapala at Upperton Weir Pool and certainly had a 'salmon look'about it but three of my local migratory fish specialists confirm that it was in fact a large Sea Trout. A fine fish and great to hear that it was carefully returned to fight another day. Well done Gary - that illusive first Teign Salmon is still out there.
3rd JUNE UPDATE
Great to see a number of Sea Trout being caught over the last week. Russell Scott-Lawson caught a lovely fresh Sea Trout of 20" on the slabs at Upperton on the last day of May - caught on one of Richard Jacksons 'magic flies!' On Friday (24th May) Tom Meredith fishing on a guest ticket with his father Jonathan had a brilliant night at Upperton Weir with Tom catching two sea trout. One at 17.5'' (photo below) and another at 19''. Both were really beautiful fish in lovely condition. The first was caught on a 1" black tube and the other on a wake fly. Jonathan reports:- 'Although we hadn't intended staying too long, we ended up leaving as it was getting light. We had quite a few takes where we lost the fish, and as the temperature never fell too low we were encouraged by the loud sploshing of hefty fish all the way through the night.I'm looking forward to going again soon, and I'm sure Tom will be using another Guest Ticket as soon as he has the opportunity'.
I am delighted to report that packs of carefully selected River Teign Trout Flies are now available. Each pack contains 10 barbless flies chosen from the Turrell fly selection by successful UTFA anglers. At only £12.50 (including postage) the packs also make a great gift for anglers. For further information and to order packs contact our Chairman at email@example.com or mail UTFA Chairman (Flies), Brynbella, Mill Street, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8HE.
28th MAY UPDATE
I was delighted to receive an email update from Larry Laraman the day after my last entry. A tale of sea trout success on a beautiful evening followed by strange goings on!
'My wife read out to me this evening your May Day update on the UTFA website ref the belief that a Sea trout had been caught two weeks ago. Well, having not caught a Sea trout in 2017 nor 2018 and having read your earlier report the river was already down at summer level I decided to try my luck at Chagford on 11 May.
It was a terrific evening, the bluebells were out in abundance, the river was clear and flowing nicely following the rain we had up here in Somerset a day or so earlier. I don't usually come down until early July but in an attempt to stop the sequence of nil catches, down I came and was delighted to land a beautiful 21 inch long Sea trout which I released back in to the river and it swam away nicely. I don't take photo's. When I got back to the car at 2230 feeling that life on the Upper Teign was wonderful, things then started to change. A very large white Thrifty van pulled up right alongside me whilst I was dismantling my rod and changing, followed by a second large Thrifty van struggling to get over the bridge from the Chagford side. One man wearing a hat and dark clothing, had guided them over the narrow bridge then ran up and got in the front van saying hello to me as he got in. Two more smaller vehicles directly behind but to me were associated with the two Thrifty then came over the bridge and off they went.They seemed suspicious to me in the dark. On leaving at approx 2245, I got over the bridge, by the letterbox, I was alarmed to find four horses (one white) roaming free and partaking of the hedgerows. Fortunately they were not spooked by my vehicle and they continued to eat the offerings of the abundant Devon flora and fauna. I remain confused as to what had caused them to be roaming free. Was their freedom associated with the four suspicious vans? If the vans had just come past the horses, would the man in beanie hat and dark clothing not have said to 'take care, there are horses loose just over the bridge' because he didn't. It was all rather odd. I relayed this saga worthy of Hercule Poirot to Simon on the 22nd May when we met on the bridge. Sadly on the 22nd of May things were back to normal = no fish! Most of the bluebells had gone; river level down but the Sea trout were jumping - just not the direction of my fly!
Many thanks Larry - congratulations on the fish and the mystery! Hope we see you again soon without the strange encounter. Perhaps a rain dance is needed - I am reliably informed that there are Sea Trout in the Lower Teign and Estuary.
MAY BANK HOLIDAY - UPDATE
Chatting with regular angler Brian Parry on Friday, he noted that Brown Trout fishing had really started to pick up in the last week. Graham Dance reported 6 Trout on 9th May on various large hackled dry flies. Visiting angler Paul Ackland caught 7 Brown Trout downstream of Fingle Bridge with the largest estimated at 1lb 4oz all caught on the nymph fishing New Zealand style - he commented 'a most enjoyable days angling'. I had a beautifully marked 13" Trout on a Griffiths Gnat in the Broadmoor Run area on Friday 24th May. Good to see a few mayflies about. Over the weekend I completed my Riverfly monitoring which revealed healthy numbers of Mayfly nymphs (see below), olives and stonefly nymphs. On the Sea Trout front we are suffering from low flows and cold nights. Richard Jackson reports four visits so far with no fish caught. It is believed that one sea trout was caught 2 weeks ago but we really need some rain to encourage a fresh run of fish. Please do send in your catch reports - with pictures if possible.
END OF APRIL - UPDATE
Still relatively quiet on the catch returns front as we approach some of the peak fishing for Brown Trout. Our Chairman Dave Scott caught a lovely 12" wild brown trout from a 'secret' pool on the far western reaches of our waters (see pic below) proving the point that it can be worth exploring some of our more remote water. There was an alarming report of possible tampering with the outfall at the Chagford sewage treatment works over the Easter weekend. While on this occasion the EA did not find evidence of pollution, it is worth reminding members and visiting anglers that anyone suspecting something being visibly discharged into the River should immediately ring the EA's 24 hr incident line on 0800 80 70 60. As anglers we play a vital role in keeping an eye out for anything unusual.
I look forward to your catch reports next month. Tight lines.
15th APRIL - UPDATE
During an unseasonably warm period in late March, a visiting angler on a West Country Angling Passport day ticket reported catching 15 Brown Trout at Fingle Bridge with a number taken on the dry fly. Early April has been more typical with frost and cold winds keeping fly hatches to a minimum and Brown Trout responding only to nymphs or downstream wet fly tactics. Easter promises to bring warmer temperatures. It is worrying to see just how low water levels are currently - let's hope we are not in for another drought year. Please keep sending in your catch returns with details of flies used. Tight lines.
25th MARCH – UPDATE
I am delighted to report that the first Sea Trout catch return has now been received. Congratulations to Paul Osborne who caught a beautiful fresh run Sea Trout on an orange tube fly just as it got dark on Saturday 23rd March. The fish came from Upperton Weir pool and measured 21" inches - weighing 3lb and 10oz. Hopefully this will be the first of many - well done Paul!
MARCH 2019 – A NEW SEASON!
Dear members and guests.
Welcome to another season on the River Teign. Fingers crossed that this year will not bring a return of the prolonged drought we experienced in 2018. No early season salmon reports so far. Do please send in reports of your catches to firstname.lastname@example.org ideally with a picture if you can do so easily without harming the fish.
At the time of writing it is still 5 days to go before the brown trout season starts. We have enjoyed 3 good volunteer bank clearing days and this year I can claim to have fallen into the river before the season even started! Perhaps a reminder for guests and members to take care when wading on the slippery boulders – a wading staff can really help avoiding a drenching.
Tight lines for the new season!
Taken just before my dunking!
PS – We will have a small stand at the Roadford Fly Fair on Saturday 16th March. Do came and visit and ideally bring a friend who might be persuaded to join our club!