SALMON

Season: 1 February to 30 September

Salmon fishing in Devon is available to visiting anglers on the Upper Teign Fishing Association's water on a daily basis. All anglers must have a valid Environment Agency licence and be aware of the Association's rules and regulations, as well as any EA byelaws regarding fishing for both salmon and sea trout.

Legal fishing methods for salmon fishing on the Association's water at the time of writing are fly and spinner throughout the season (1 February to 30 September). Worm, shrimp and prawn are also permitted from 16 June until 31 August.

Please note, however, that all salmon caught prior to 16 June must be released and that there is a limit of one salmon to be killed in a season, no matter how many day-tickets are purchased. Bait fishing is prohibited after one salmon has been caught, whether released or killed.

There has been a dramatic decline in salmon caught over the years so we actively encourage catch and release.

Water available for salmon fishing for non members by day permit is from Fingle Bridge upstream to Chagford Bridge. Please see map reference numbers and map for access points.

Bill Crumby

Bill Crumby with a salmon from Drogo Pool

Salmon start entering the Upper Teign Fshing Association's waters from about April, though numbers are few at this time of year and the months of July, August and September can offer the best fishing, providing river levels are good. Please note that the river Teign is a spate river and rain during the summer months is needed to encourage salmon to run the system.

Methods which do well for salmon fishing on the river are spinning and worm fishing (but please note the restrictions on the use of baits above) and these methods dominate the catches. However, with all the coppicing that has been carried out over the last few seasons, more and more members are now turning to the fly for their sport.

Paul Forshaw releases a salmon

Paul Forshaw releases a salmon

Rods suitable for salmon fly fishing are between 9 ft and 11 ft in length, rated for 7, 8 or 9 weight lines, floating and sinking.

Double handed rods are not really necessary for the upper reaches of the Teign.

Flies used tend to be standard salmon patterns in sizes 6 to 12 on single or double hooks.

Black DoctorIf you are thinking of spinning or worming, a rod between 8 ft and 9 ft is sufficient for all situations. Flying-Cs, Rapalas, Devons and Tobys are all successful fish catchers.