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Old 10-05-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
Tavistock Trout Fishery, Devon
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:47 AM
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Started fly fishing last August so I am a beginner but have fished here quite a few times now.

Always a pleasant place to fish, staff friendly, nice shop and lodge with free tea and coffee available.

Now,although I am a beginner, I have never blanked here! The fish are reared on site and are lovely quality and give a good account of themselves. Although there are some large fish in the lakes I have not yet had one.

Usually start with a fritz Montana and always had fish with this. Lately have done well with green/white in various patterns.

Excellent place all around the only drawback being no C&R unless on a full day ticket and you can max on the ticket quite quickly, I just start to play with an "unusual"set up to avoid this but sometimes even this works!
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Any up dates on this place?
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:26 PM
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Hi All

Quick update on Tavistock.

First off I have to say I am, in general, a huge fan of this fishery, it is a lovely layout and provides plenty of nice water to fish. The staff are all extremely pleasant and the facilities are very nice. Having said which I have to say that I have become increasingly disenchanted with fishing here.

As per my above post I had never previously blanked here, this is now not the case! I am not the only one saying this either. I would never give a fishery poor ratings purely on whether I catch or not on any given day, that is just the vagaries of fishing. "Tavy" is fishing very poorly now compared to in the past and has been for sometime.

Since my last post the stocking policy has changed twice. Firstly two of the lakes were designated specimen lakes and had some very nice fish in them, minimum stocking was 3lb plus but you always seemed to do better than this. I had one session in which I had six fish for 36lb. 6lb fish were almost run of the mill. The other lakes also fished extremely well with good average sizes, much better than the published stocking weight too. Seperate "specimen/all lake" and "non specimen only" lake tickets were available and the prices charged for this were, to my mind, reasonable and competitive.

Although the lakes were (are?) stocked with good sized browns I have only had one of 7lb.

The stocking policy then changed again to all lakes covered on the same ticket with same stocking policy in each. Minimum stocking was at 2lb with each lake having a few larger fish. I think this was possibly done due to price resistance on the previous"specimen" ticket. To start with all was well with good numbers of fish and plenty of better size. Over time however I noted a change. The average size dropped away and fish became much harder to come by. On several occasions I have failed to bag up. Other anglers have been seen struggling and plenty of people fail to catch anything.

Of course this could all be down to varying conditions but it just feels like the quantity of stock has dropped markedly. Additionally the fish are nowhere like as hard fighting as before.

At my last visit I was told that the 4 fish ticket is now 35 which is an increase of some 25%. No problem with price increases per se but a very steep rise. (Previous visit was a blank in nigh on perfect conditions btw) Anyway paid up and fished. Conditions were good, if a bit bright as late afternoon, not many fish rising or visible. Few people there had had nothing all afternoon. Decided due to brightness (with recent lack of success with normal flies and methods in mind too!) to fish deep with a booby. Fish first cast! 2lb stockie, hour later another 2lb fish to booby, now I have nothing against the concept of the deep booby but it is really not my thing. As it now was clouding over and the odd fish moving on top changed to my normal set up(s) and then spent further 3 hours various methods depths with not a touch. Two other guys had turned up in the meantime and had managed two fish between them by the time I left.

Sad really, love "Tavy" but will be a good while before I return. At the new prices I expect something better in both numbers and size of fish. Nothing like value for money at the moment.
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