At the Deer Park Fishery we have our very own fly fishing school, so whether you are a complete novice looking to learn the fascinating art of fly fishing, or an experienced fly fisher looking to learn some new techniques and methods, or maybe you are just looking for an experienced guide to get the most out of your days fishing, there is something for everyone.

The school is headed up by qualified instructor and guide, Neil Keep. Neil has over 40 years’ experience fishing the rivers and streams of the West Country so has plenty knowledge and tips to pass onto you on your day on the water with him.

Fly fishing instruction and guided fishing days on the river are available on a 1 to 1 basis as well as group and corporate days.

Guiding and tuition is available for full days as well as two and three day courses. All of our days are tailored to your specific ability and requirements.

All equipment can be supplied for your day if required as well as any catering and of course there is some excellent onsite accommodation. All you need for the day is a valid Environment Agency rod license which can be purchased from a post office or online.

Keep an eye out on our Events page as there will be various group days and fly tying days advertised.

Gift vouchers are available for the fly fishing school, so if you are stuck for ideas these make a great present with a difference.

About The River

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The river Otter at the Deer Park Hotel 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 hotel 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 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 seatrout 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 around a couple of weeks or so each 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.

Prices 2017

Full Day Ticket – £35
Half Day Ticket (from 2pm onwards) – £25

Contact Neil Keep

Tel: 01225 313729
Mobile: 07821 647055
(Evening calls are best as Neil will probably be fishing through the day!)
Email: [email protected]

The Deer Park Fishery Rules 2016

      1. The Season runs from 15th March to 30th September for Brown Trout and the 15th March to 31st October for Salmon and Sea Trout.
      2. Fishing for Brown Trout is strictly by DRY FLY OR NYMPH ONLY with a maximum size 10 hook. No bait or lure other than artificial fly may be used when fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout.  All catches must be recorded and entries made into the fishing register kept at the Hotels Reception desk.
      3. All Brown Trout less than 12 inches in length or 14 ounces in weight must be returned to the river unless damaged. The Hotel actively encourages all anglers to return any Salmon and Sea Trout caught whatever the size as huge efforts have been made to re-establish migratory runs on the Otter in recent years.
      4. We would prefer anglers to practice catch and release, however if you wish to take fish the bag limit for trout is 2 fish per day. The management reserve the right to randomly search angler’s bags to make sure limits are being adhered to.
      5. Permit holders must agree to show both their fishery permits and current Environment Agency licence on request to the River Keeper and Hotel Management.
      6. Permit holders are requested to exercise great care in crossing fences etc. and avoid damage to farmer’s crops and to please leave no litter as we depend on the goodwill of the local farmers for access to the river.
      7. No cars or vehicles are allowed either near the water or adjacent fields, except for allocated car parks provided (see map).
      8. Wading is permissible as long as no damage is caused to the river in any way and it is done at the anglers’ own risk.
      9. Neither the Hotel nor any of its Employees can be held liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained whilst fishing.
      10. The Hotel is the owner of the water and reserves the right to refuse the issue of permits to fish without giving any explanation for any such refusal.
      11. Suspension – in the event of a permit holder reported fishing in an unsportsmanlike manner or contravening any of the above rules, the Management reserve the right to cancel forthwith his or her permit without refund of the whole or any park of the amount paid.
      12. The Hotel reserves the right to alter, or include such rules, as it sees fit for the betterment or protection of the fishery.
      13. Any suggestions or complaints should be made direct to the Hotel Management or the River Keeper.