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Upstream Limit Lapford Yeo

As you should all know by now we have bought the Fishing Rights on 1000yds of double bank fishing on the Lapford Yeo.

This is about 1.5 miles above the junction with the Taw just above Chenson on the A377.

The fishery is the usual pool and riffle setup with mainly open banks with plenty of mature trees and bushes to provide cover. Every time I have been there to look at the water and when Paul and I cleared the Himalayan Balsam fish have been rising in every pool so it bodes well.

Downstream Limit Lapford Yeo

Parking for this stretch is on the side road signposted ‘Morchard Bishop’ a right hand turn on the A377 before you reach Lapford, if you are coming from Crediton, go over the railway bridge and park on the left hand side where the road widens on the bend. Kit up and walk back up to the A377 staying on the same side walk along for about 20yds towards Lapford, there is a metal 5 bar gate, climb over this and continue forward slanting away from the road, down a farm track where you will see the river on your right hand side, continue on till you reach the footbridge, cross over and continue down the field to the bottom, then fish back up catching lots of fish!

The access starts on 1st August and you are allowed 1 daytime visit and 1 nightime/ evening visit this season with only 2 members fishing at any one time, next season the fishery will be open to 2 anglers at any time but restricted to members only. As with all of our other waters you are restricted to fly only. To print a map go to Yeo Map.pdf.

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Fly Casting Clinic

West Country Fly Fishing CourseThis years Fly Casting Clinic has a new improved feel.
It will be all day with a break for lunch, with much more on offer.
Casting Techniques, River Craft, Fly Selection, Gear Selection and the latest Tackle for Rivers, Small Streams, Sea Trout, Salmon and Saltwater.
There will also be advise on Entomology and how to Match the Hatch.
Get a peek into the Pro’s Fly Box.
Test out a new rod or line.
Confer with like minded people about all aspects of fly fishing, from Devon, Dartmoor and the UK to Destinations Abroad.
It will be held on Sunday 19th April at the Fox & Hounds Country Hotel, Eggesford on the A377.
Places are limited so register now at


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Himalayan Balsam – Rust Fungus Trial


In July this year, after 8 years of research by CABI to develop a biological control for this highly invasive and destructive weed,  Defra Ministers decided to allow this international not-for-profit organisation to release a rust fungus into the environment

The rust fungus has now been released in selected catchments in Berkshire, Cornwall and Middlesex as part of a field trial which if successful would be rolled out over the whole of the United Kingdom.

Minister for natural environment, Lord de Mauley, says:
“This is a great step forwards in tackling Himalayan balsam. This invasive weed prevents our native plants from flourishing, can increase flood risk, and costs the British economy £1m per year to clean up. The work CABI has done in identifying a natural control method will help us reduce the impact of Himalayan balsam without any negative effects on native species.”

Senior Scientist at CABI, Dr Robert Tanner, says:
“The release of the rust fungus against Himalayan balsam is a result of over eight years of research evaluating the safety of its use against the target species. Over time, we should see a decline in the Himalayan balsam populations along our rivers, with native plant species recolonizing these degraded sites.”

More information about this project and about CABI can be found on the CABI website 

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AGM on Thursday 20th November

Hi All, hope you are all well and had a good season. The AGM will be at the Crediton Inn, Mill Street, Crediton, starting at 7.30 pm. The Committee will be pleased to see as many of you as can make it, I can recommend the beer! Hope you have all sent in your catch returns already, as these are a valuable tool in assessing the health of our rivers and the fish stocks. I shall not be there due to a previous engagement, so if you have anything you wish to go in the Newsletter leave it with one of the committee and I shall endeavour to get it in although it might be a bit late this year as I will not be back until mid December. Hope you all have a good Christmas and New Year and will see you all Bank Clearing!

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Bass fishing on Saturday

cropped-cffcnewsheader3.jpgJust a reminder that this year we will again be in Devon, the proposed date is Saturday 20th September, at Crow Point on the Taw / Torridge estuary in North Devon. OS grid ref SS 466 332, directions are:- at the roundabout at Wrafton on the A 361 turn left then straight across the next roundabout follow this road until you reach the toll road on the left, follow this until you reach the car park.

For further info contact me on 01392 430428 or email

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19″ BT and Mayflies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the 19 inch Brown Trout that I caught on the Lower Culm a week last Friday, the river was high and carrying a bit of colour, visibility down to about 18 inches. This called for more radicle tactics, having tried a large Stimulator on my walk back up the river with nothing showing, I walked back down, put on a small sinking leader matched with a size 10 Black Wooly Bugger and fished back up, casting to the far bank then twitching it back around to my bank. As the river was high I was limited in the amount of water I could cover successfully as I was not about to do any wading! In all I had 3 knocks, one of which was this fish, it took the fly on the first twitch in an area that I had previously ignored every time I had fished on the Culm, as the man says fish all the water.
I was back there this week with the water visibility down to 12 inches and having left my mini tips on my desk I blanked, on the upside I did see a fox and best of all 6 Mayflies.
For those of you who haven’t been down there yet we have lost the first big loop as it is now an oxbow, due to the way the water flows through the new course this oxbow now has a reverse flow so you can fish it upstream before carrying on downstream if that makes sense.


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Fly Tying Evening

2012_quill_paraThere is a Fly Tying Evening tomorrow Thursday 13th February at the Crediton Inn everyone is welcome, 7.30 – 8.00 start. We will attempt to answer any questions you have on flies and their tying. We will also point you in the right direction on the flies that work on our waters, how to use them and where to use them. Also a few patterns for the trip to Blakewells next week.

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Bank Clearing 09/02/2014

MT 01Again bank clearing has been canceled due to the inclement weather and high water levels. Hopefully we will be able to get out next week! Don’t forget the fly tying evening next week on Thursday evening at the Crediton Inn.

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In Memoriam Pam Adams

The article below was posted in our Spring Newsletter in 2000 by Pam who passed away earlier this month

A Treatyse on Ffyshynge with an Angle (in our Club Waters)

I think I will write this now, in case fishing becomes illegal or I am dead – I do not expect either to happen in the near future but I am “knocking on” a bit myself!

 I joined the Crediton Fly Fishing Club in June 1999.  I’d fished for coarse fish when young, both my brothers and the family I married into fished, but it all finished when a major pollution more or less wiped out the fish in our river (the Cam/Granta in Cambridge).  Although the fish eventually returned gradually it was too late for me – other things had taken over by then like marriage, work, children, worry, etc. 

So it was not until the late nineties (end of the 20th century I mean, not my own age!) that I handled a rod again.  I was recovering from a severe back injury and had to do something active, if only with the aid of a walking stick, so I took out the only part of my fishing stuff I’d kept – the rod and tackle I’d used to fly-fish for dace and chub in the Granta – and had a try on the one bit of “free” trout river near me.  I caught a trout the first day and was “hooked” again!

 Luckily the Crediton Club had a vacancy.  I hobbled through that season with some difficulty – all the nettles and brambles were fully grown by then (June).  I didn’t know where were the places  you could actually get into the river – it seemed like a Commando course to get even near it with the barbed wire and high banks too. 

I am afraid in that first season I pestered Howard and David with telephone calls about what to do and where to find places to get into the water.  Although I tried not to pester them too often I am sure I did really but I never got anything but help and encouragement from them!  To spare their blushes, I will move on now and give new members the benefit of my wealth of experience from fishing on our waters in half of the 1999 season; all of the 2000 season and the bit of the 2001 season not spoilt by the foot and mouth disaster! 

1)            The first thing I found was that thigh waders are not enough – you need chest waders or a lot of water is inaccessible.  Also with chest waders you don’t get stung so much by nettles and you can sit down or slide down a high bank without getting your trousers wet or, as happened to me, being too severely inconvenienced if you sit on or very near a nest of red ants!

 2)            I have a haversack when I fish, because I like to take a flask of tea and something to eat with me.  But really I know a fishing waistcoat is better because you can wade deeper – at least a foot deeper – and that can sometimes get you through bits of water you couldn’t get through with a bag on your back.

 3)            There is a pocket in the front of my chest waders.  It contains:

  •  a)       Half a small towel – invaluable for protecting the hand as you try to get in and out of the water down or up steep banks and of course for wiping wet hands on.
  •  b)       A pair of secateurs.  Fortunately for us, our waters are not over-fished and by high summer most of the “entry points” to get to the water are a jungle – a few snips with the secateurs (particularly on the brambles) can save your waders from yet another repair job!
  •  c)       A few tissues – to dry your dry fly and blot the inside of your reel if (when) it gets waterlogged. 

4)            I’d only fished for dace and chub before with fly when I was young and used the more usual coarse fishing methods for other coarse fish.  My fly-fishing was in much more open water than ours is and I’d only ever used overhead or side casts.  Fortunately when I “got the bug” again I decided to have a “refresher” course of fly-fishing for one weekend and was shown how to “roll cast”.  This was the most valuable thing I could have learnt for our waters – if you cannot roll cast I should think more than 50% or our water would be unfishable, or at least plagued by far too many hang-ups on the back cast.

 5)            Following from 4) above it follows that a lot of our water is more easily fished with a wet fly or nymph.  I like best to fish dry fly if fish are rising but if they are not or the foliage precludes “proper” casting then the nymph or wet fly must be the answer – a dry fly doesn’t stay dry for long when roll casting!

 6)            Particularly when you are new to our waters a wading staff is a good idea, especially if you are not still in the first flush of youth, or even in the first flush of middle age.  I find it essential!

 7)            In my first season with the Club I had a proper landing net with me.  A lot of my time was spent untangling it from thorns, bushes and barbed wire.  Now I carry a very small but deep net fixed to the end of my wading staff.  It gets used once or twice a year!  If you are wading most fish can be unhooked in the water.  A net doesn’t need to be wide, just deep.  So long as it is wide enough to take the head and main weight of the fish it is big enough, if you are used to netting fish.  I guess I could get a played-out five-pound fish in mine – much bigger than any I would expect to catch!

 And now I lay down my quill and close the lid on my inkwell.  Newcomers to the Club I wish you well and as much pleasure as I have had fishing the Club waters and meeting the Club’s members.  I would like (presumptuously!) to sign myself off as “The Yeo Otter” – readers of fishing books will know how presumptuously this is – but I fear the editor will append my real name.

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