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Recommended Flies & Tackle

The following is a list of recommended tackle to bring if you are coming fishing at The Arundell Arms. If you do not own suitable tackle, we can hire out complete outfits and have a superb shop on site.

River Trout & Grayling:

7ft to 9ft rods rated 3wt to 5wt. An 8ft 4wt is the perfect setup for our rivers.

Floating line.

Flies: Klinkhammer, Elk-hair Caddis, Greenwells, Coachman (wet), Black Gnat and goldhead nymphs in sizes 12 to 18.

Best time of year: May, June and September for trout; October to December for grayling.

Sea Trout:

8ft 6in to 9ft 6in rods rated 6wt to 7wt.

Floating, midge-tip and slow-sinking or neutral density lines.

Flies: Stoat's Tail, Black Bumble, Alexandra, Black Pennell, black tube flies and surface lures in sizes 4 to 10.

Best time of year: Late June to mid-August.


9ft 6in to 12ft rods rated 7wt to 9wt. For Endsleigh beats, 11ft to 14ft rods.

Floating, sink-tip, intermediate and fast-sinking lines - dependent on river conditions and time of year.

Flies: Ally's Shrimp, Cascade, Willie Gunn, Stoat's Tail, Park Shrimp, Sunray Shadow. Size is dependent on water conditions.

Depending upon suitable water conditions Salmon fishing can be productive from mid May onwards, with the best fishing often found during September through to the end of the season on October 14th.

Stillwater Trout:

8ft 6in to 10ft rods rated 5wt to 7wt.

Floating, intermediate and fast-sinking lines.

Flies: Emergers, buzzers, goldhead nymphs and lures. The lake often fishes very well to dry flies in size 12 to 16.

Best time of year: April to late June.


While our two river keepers spend the winter months maintaining stiles and paths, our beats are suited to relatively mobile fishers. A reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground can be involved. Some of the pools are accessed by climbing down ladders, and wading can be necessary.

For the less mobile, Tinhay Lake offers good access and fishing from a level, grass bank. We  have a couple of beats for river trout and salmon where access is only a short walk from the car. For the salmon fisher, the Endsleigh beats are accessed via a good track running along the bank, so you can park next to each pool.

The nearby Roadford Lake can be fished from a Wheelyboat for wheel-chair bound anglers, but must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

If you require an easy-access river beat, please let us know prior to your visit.


Very little deep wading is required on our rivers, with a couple of beats fishable in wellingtons. We would recommend bringing thigh waders (we hire and sell waders if you don't own them).

If fishing the smaller, adventurous trout streams, or the large salmon beats at Endsleigh, then chest waders are recommended as some deeper wading is often advantageous. A wading staff is useful for extra stability when wading deep.

Methods of Fishing

All of our fishing is by fly only, although we do allow spinning for salmon on our Tamar beats and on the Lyd during extreme high water conditions. Endsleigh fishing is by fly only. No bait fishing is allowed.


While The Arundell Arms is very much a dog-friendly hotel, we regret that dogs are not allowed on the rivers. Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you while fishing Tinhay Lake.

Salmon Conservation

In accordance with Environment Agency rules for England and Wales, all salmon caught before June 16th must be returned by law. From the start of the 2015 season the Arundell Arms will be falling in line with many other rivers around the country and enforcing a 100% catch and release rule for salmon.