The river Otter at the Deer Park Country House in Devon is a wonderful stretch of some 3 miles of really diverse water making it an ideal venue to explore with various styles of fly fishing. The various beats have all types of water throughout its length from shallow riffles through to deep, slow glides and everything in between.
There are a series of weirs providing some nice cover and oxygenated water for the fish in their turbulent waters and plenty of tree lined sections, again offering some welcome cover for the fish along with providing perfect habitat for fly life.
The waters are suitable for all manner of fly fishing methods, from the standard upstream dry and nymph, down and across with spider patterns and some of the more modern methods such as the French leader, which really makes for an interesting days sport.
The river itself rises in the Blackdown Hills and winds its way through some amazingly scenic countryside down to the coast at Budleigh Salterton. It’s a predominately a limestone trout river although there’s always a chance of it throwing up the odd sea-trout or even a salmon.
The rivers characteristics are very similar to its more famous chalk stream cousins to the east, with good summer weed growth it’s a haven for nymphs and fly life, there’s an annual Mayfly hatch lasting a few weeks season.
Throughout its length there is an abundance of wildlife with such residents as otters and kingfishers to name just a couple, there’s even a family of onsite beavers, so even if the fish aren’t playing ball there’s plenty to see and make your visit worthwhile.
2021 rods are £180.00 for the season. SOLD OUT.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list or would like any more information, please contact the management team.
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