Ultimate Fishing in North Devon
Author: Henry Gilbey
Fly Fishing In The River Lyn
Delightfully subtle and accessible wild trout fishing set amongst a truly savage terrain. Taken from Henry's book Ultimate Fishing Adventures. Read some sample pages here
When it comes to fly fishing for trout, then England is perhaps most famous for its prolific and unique chalk streams of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. The River Lyn in north Devon could not be more different to these rather gentle trout rivers. Indeed, any fly angler, when looking at the lower stretches of the Lyn as it tumbles into the old fishing harbour of Lynmouth on the edge of the wild and stunning Exmoor, could have a fright at the thought of actually fishing this little river. There are parts where certainly being a mountain goat might be useful, but taking a walk or a scramble down into the various gorges is like entering another quite wonderful world of fly fishing, where lawns are not mowed and riverbanks are not perfectly cut. You could argue that this is fly fishing for wild trout as it is meant to be.
The Lyn is a small spate river that is full of perfectly formed wild brown trout, but in times of rain or high spring tides then a number of salmon and sometimes sea trout will also start heading up the river. Salmon, especially, will begin to move up the river in late spring, but the numbers of fish are generally low. The more productive summer salmon run tends to start sometime in June when the water conditions are correct, and fish will keep moving in right into autumn. A lot of local salmon fishing on the Lyn is done with spinners and worms after 16 June.
Some stretches of the River Lyn require that the angler be on the fit side; indeed it is like stumbling upon a secret west country utopia as you walk down steep paths and then walk and wade entire sections made up of huge boulders, rocks, deep-sided valleys and trees everywhere. To be able to skilfully cast small flies on light fly rods is a huge advantage, especially if you can precisely place your flies into the right areas while not hooking up with the trees behind you. The trout do not run that large, but they more than make up for it with how perfect they look. Wild trout are extremely spooky by nature, so approach and fish the river as stealthily as you can. Most fishing on the Lyn is very cheap and easily arranged.
There is also some saltwater fishing at the mouth of the river in Lynmouth. Mullet, particularly, will enter the lower part of the river on a high tide, and they can also be groundbaited in along the rocky coastline east and west of the village. Be very careful if wandering along the shoreline at low tide not to get cut off by a rising tide. North Devon is also good for bass fishing from the shore, especially if you have some moderate onshore conditions putting some life and fizz on the water
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