THE RIVER CREEDY at Crediton
This is a lengthy stretch of river with four distinct sections. The fishing is exclusively for brown trout, with the occasional fish up to 14 inches, though most will be between 8 and 12 inches. With a mix of tree-lined, open, meandering and straight stretches, the Creedy offers a wide variety of conditions. Although challenging, this can be a very productive stretch and has produced catches of up to thirty fish in the right conditions.
Insect hatches can be sparse, so fishing the water with dry fly and nymph is often required. But if you hit a hatch of mayflies or black gnats you can expect some very productive fishing to rising trout. When nothing is showing a duo or "klink and dink" with a bushy klinkhamer and a beadhead nymph will work well.
The top section below Creedy Bridge meanders through tree-lined banks with numerous pools, some of which are surprisingly deep. There is plenty of shelter on hot sunny days or when a strong wind is blowing.
Opposite Lords Meadow Industrial Estate the river becomes more open and runs through a straight section down to the point where it branches into two. Although a fairly long walk, it is worth the effort to fish up a sequence of lovely pools.
Where the river splits, the right branch is too small to fish but the left branch, although often shallow and overgrown, is worth exploring for any pools deep enough to hold trout.
In the final stretch from the junction with the Yeo down to the railway bridge, the Creedy doubles in size and runs through a very productive series of bends and pools.
The CFFC fishing on the Creedy at Crediton extends from Creedy Bridge on the Tiverton road (A3072) downstream to the railway bridge below Dunscombe Bridge by the Exeter Road (A377).
Car parking and access for the top section is by the gate near Creedy Bridge or in the car park for Shobrooke Park. Parking for the bottom section is in the side road off the Exeter road (A377) about 200 metres east of Codshead Bridge; the river can be accessed by walking across the track to Dunscombe Bridge and then down the River Yeo to its confluence with the Creedy.
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