The RIVERS YEO and CULVERY
With around 5 miles of the River Yeo and a mile or so of the Culvery at the Club's disposal, you'll have no shortage of water to fish. There's plenty of variety as well, with fast riffles through to deep slow sections and everything in between.
The Yeo has a reputation for being extremely prolific if caught at the right time. Most of the fish are in the 8 to 13 inch range, with 14 inch+ fish showing up every season. The Culvery is a very intimate river, with smaller fish but with skill some very nice brown trout can be extracted.
Spring hatches start with large dark olives and grannom, but the fishing really kicks off with the arrival of the black gnat in early May. When these get on the water in quantity, a 16-18 black klinkhammer or Griffiths gnat will serve well. Mayfly hatches can be very good anytime from mid-May to mid-June, as can hatches of smaller upwinged flies.
As summer gets into full swing, sedges become an important fly, with the potential to produce excellent sport on a warm evening. A deer hair sedge or balloon caddis won't let you down. Keep an eye out for blue winged olive spinners as well. Even if not much is rising, it is always worth fishing a dry fly through likely looking spots, as most Yeo and Culvery fish always have an eye out for an easy meal.
The Yeo runs south of Crediton in a south-easterly direction towards Exeter where it joins the River Exe.
The upper section of the club water is downstream of Folly Bridge just west of Crediton. Access and on-road parking is at Salmon Hutch Bridge and Fordton Bridge. (There is a short stretch of non-CFFC water upstream of Fordton Bridge).
For the lowest section, take the A377 towards Exeter. After a mile, past Ladds on the left and past the turning for Hookway on the right, there is a side road on the right in which to park. The river is accessed via a gate on the A377.
The Culvery: take the Tedburn St Mary road south of Crediton, turn right after Fordton, and park near the next bridge. CFFC water runs downstream to the Yeo.
For illustration of the fishing, see the Maps page.
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