John Dawson Fly Fishing

Guided Fly Fishing

West Country River and Stream Guiding
My home rivers are the Freestone Rivers of Exmoor and North Devon which offer superb fishing with pool after pool of challenging wild brown trout, grayling and salmon fishing amidst beautiful country side. With many years of fishing experience these rivers I feel confident enough to offer my services to guide anglers on these waters and to help them enjoy the fishing and make the most of the experience.
The trout are all wild, natural fish and a 10in. fish is a good one but there are fish to 2lb. We generally return all fish.
Exmoor is blessed with a number of rivers such as the Exe, Barle, Batherm and Lyn. Each is different to the others, offers different challenges and has its own charm and character.

The Westcountry Angling Passport run by the Westcountry Rivers Trust gives me the opportunity to venture away from my local rivers and fish the numerous beats on offer all over the West Country.

Salmon and Sea Trout
Sea trout and especially salmon are very dependant on the amount of water in the rivers to enter then run up stream. The window when fish are staying in any one place can be very short and the pools they lay up in very selective. How ever when conditions are right mid and North Devon has some superb fishing on Taw, Exe and Lyn.

Guiding on the Lakes and Small Waters of Exmoor
Wimbleball Lake and Wistlandpound, set in beautiful Exmoor scenery, are multi activity lakes run by South West Lakes Trust. Both are stocked with rainbow trout and offer good bank fishing with Wimbleball some of the very best boat fishing.

There are a number of small stocked waters in the area and I recommend Exbridge Fishery and Bellbrook. Both are well run and stocked with rainbow trout rom a pond and a half up. Ideal places to catch a few trout to take home and to learn and develop your skills and enjoy the day.

South West Lakes TrustWestcountry Rivers TrustWestcountry Angling Passport