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
The numbers of Salmon coming back to the River has declined considerably and unless things improve dramatically this year (2020) - I will not offer this guided fishing.

Guiding on the Lakes and Small Waters of Exmoor
I have taught and guided on Wimbleball for nearly 20 years. Wimbleball is a multi activity lake on Exmoor run by South West Lakes Trust. The fishing is now run by Mark Underhill of Rainbow Fisheries and is back to being one of the best fisheries in the country for both bank and boat fishing. It is stocked with Rainbow Trout and natural Brown Trout.

Clatworthy Lake, run by Wessex Water offers very good bank and boat fishing for Rainbow Trout.

Both ideal waters to learn and develop Fly Fishing skills, hopefully catch Trout and enjoy the experience.

Exe Valley Fishery where I have taught and guided for many years is no longer open.

Bellbrook Fishery offers fishing on a series of small lakes in a beautiful wooded valley for stocked Rainbow Trout.

South West Lakes TrustWestcountry Rivers TrustWestcountry Angling Passport