THE LAPFORD YEO
Crediton Fly Fishing Club acquired this stretch of the Lapford Yeo in 2015. It comprises double bank fishing for 1,040 yards. The river is a tributary of the River Taw but more in character with the Rivers Creedy and Crediton Yeo, as they share the same watershed. It rises very quickly after rain and carries a lot of colour which can take a few days to clear. It runs through a classic Devon river meadow and the banks are unfenced with little bankside vegetation, so it is very accessible.
In our first year of full fishing several bags of 10+ fish up to 12” were caught. The river has an abundance of fly life and all patterns seem to catch - they are very free rising fish. Given the shaded nature of the river from the higher ground to the south, fish can be found rising even in hot sunny conditions.
This has been a valuable addition to the Club’s waters and over the next few years we are hoping to improve it further with the help of the River Taw Fishers Association and the Westcountry Rivers Trust, who have already carried out some clearing work on the river.
Take the Crediton to Barnstaple road (A377) for nine miles.
Half a mile before Lapford on a broad left-hand bend, take a right turning to Morchard Bishop. This immediately crosses over a railway bridge. Park on the left. Walk back to the A377, turn right and enter a gate after a few yards.
The beat extends downstream from the river bridge for about three quarters of a mile on both banks.
For illustration of the fishing, see the Maps page.
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