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  • Welcome to Fly Fishing Devon run by Geoff Stephens and Paul Kenyon 
  • We are qualified fly fishing instructors and Snowbee registered instructors and fishing guides
  • The videos on this page describe how we can help beginners, improvers and  experienced anglers enjoy the wonderful fly fishing available on Dartmoor and South Devon rivers and stillwaters
  • Please send us an email if you would like to arrange fly fishing instruction or a guided trip
Instruction on stillwater Instruction on rivers
Guiding on South Devon rivers
Guiding on Dartmoor rivers
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  • Learning how to cast a fly can be difficult because you can’t watch yourself while you cast to see what you’re doing right or doing wrong.
  • The best solution is to spend a few hours with a qualified game angling instructor.
  • We recommend beginners take their first lesson on a stocked stillwater that gives you an opportunity to catch a fish on a fly.
  • We provide suitable rods, reels, lines, flies and explain how to select appropriate tackle for different types of fishing
  • We will teach you how to perform roll and overhead casts and shoot line to achieve distance.
  • We can also teach you how to single and double haul to deal with awkward winds and cope with those “just out of reach” fish.
  • We will introduce you to some of the bugs that make up a trout’s diet. And how to select a fly to “match the hatch”.
  • Hopefully you will then catch a fish so that we can show you how to play, land and safely release a fish
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  • Over 50 years ago when the pace of life was much slower, the writer Dermot Wilson commented “In the West Country you can catch trout from after breakfast till sunset, and enjoy the open air and the country for as long as the sun is in the sky"
  • Devon is still blessed with mile after mile of superb fishing for wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon.
  • A fly fishing guide can unlock the secrets of catching these wild fish in unspoilt surroundings.
  • Many of the beats we use have benefited from work carried out by the Westcountry Rivers Trust to improve access for anglers.
  • A guide can help you read a river and understand why some parts of the river are more likely to hold larger fish.
  • Westcountry trout are generally not fussy eaters but sometimes the size of the fly does matter.
  • Being able to recognize the insects that live on stones on the bed of the rivers will give you confidence that you are using the right type of fly.
  • A roll cast is often the best way of delivering a fly when you are faced with overhanging bankside vegetation.
  • We can help you refine your casting techniques.
  • If you understand what triggers a trout to take a natural fly then you will be able to choose an artificial fly with greater confidence.
  • A guide will explain how a trout manages to intercept a tiny morsel of food being carried by the current down a fast flowing river.
  • This will help you present your fly more effectively.
  • We can help you plan your trip by offering advice on where to stay and suggesting places to eat after a day on the river.
  • You probably prefer to use your own equipment. But if you want, we can lend you a rod, reel and line and supply flies and tippet material at no extra cost. Please bring your Environment Agency rod licence. We can supply you with Westcountry Angling Passport permit tokens.
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