THE RIVER TEIGN

The Upper Teign Fishing Association has the fishing on many miles of the upper reaches of the River Teign. High in the moors of the Dartmoor National Park, this Devon stream has two sources which form the North and South Teign. The two branches of the river drop down from the moor to join near Chagford and the river soon plunges into the dramatic wooded gorge which starts beneath Castle Drogo and continues for about seven miles past Fingle Bridge and on to Clifford Bridge near Dunsford.

Daffodil time above Steps Bridge

Daffodil time in the Dunsford Nature Reserve above Steps Bridge

From there it continues south to its estuary at Newton Abbot and on to the sea at Teignmouth. With its moorland origins, the Teign rises quickly after rain and falls equally quickly, so the salmon fishing is usually best for a relatively short period as the river drops after a flood.

Sea trout fishing is best in late spring and throughout summer, with night-time fly fishing accounting for most of the fish.

Fly fishing for wild brown trout can be enjoyed at any time in the season, with May and June usually offering the cream of the fishing.

Throughout its length, the Teign is a salmon, trout and sea trout river and much of it is available to the visiting angler. About 12 miles of the picturesque upper reaches are controlled by the Upper Teign Fishing Association and can be fished by members or by visitors who purchase a permit.

This attractive fishery is completely in the Dartmoor National Park and includes stretches in the National Trust's Castle Drogo estate and the Dunsford Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge, at the heart of the UTFA fishery