A stealthy approach will pay off on the Teign.

Contact: Roddy Rae, 7 Heron’s Brook, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1UW
Tel: 01837 54731

E-mail: enquiries@upper-teign-fishing.or.uk Website: www.flyfishing-u.k.co.uk

Tickets: Day £5, week £17.50, season £40. Membership available and new members welcome

Directions: Take the A30 heading west to Okehampton. Turn off at Cheriton Bishop, seven miles from Exeter. Follow the signs for Fingle Bridge. Tickets are available at the village post office and the Fingle Bridge Inn


Toilets: Yes, in certain areas

Species: Brown trout, sea trout and salmon

Tackle: Rod, 7ft 6in to 8ft rod in 3/4-wt. Line floater only, avoid fluorescent colours. Leaders, short tapered – fish with tippets of 2lb to 4lb. Single fly best in overgrown areas

Flies: Take a selection of dry flies, spiders and lightweight nymphs. Most of the water is fairly shallow, so look to carry light nymphs and avoid heavy nymphs and tungsten gold heads. Take dry olives, black spiders, hare’s ear nymphs and grey dusters

Wading: Allowed, take breathable waders and boots. Aim to travel light, with just a waistcoat

Guiding: Available for trout, salmon and sea trout

Food/refreshments: Fingle Bridge Inn has a bar and restaurant serving excellent meals

Ideal weather conditions: Warm, overcast days are ideal; however, do not be put off by the sun. Much of the river is tree lined, providing plenty of shade and terrestrial food items

Things to do in the area: As well as the fishing there are numerous public walks. The Teign is situated in a National Trust area. Wildlife is plentiful, including kingfishers. I spotted several on my trip. There are also plenty of walks on Dartmoor, which is only 10 minutes from the river. In addition, the coast is only 20 miles away – an excellent place to drop the family and slip away for a spot of fishing!

Total Flyfisher