Fishing on Dartmoor

Fishing at Two Bridges

The West Dart flows through one of the most beautiful valleys on Dartmoor, and is fed by several major tributaries. It includes some of the largest fishing pools on Dartmoor, giving excellent opportunities for brown trout fishing, plus some opportunities for salmon and sea trout. You'll find glorious boulder-strewn sections, long glides and runs and deep pools. In total, the East and West Dart and their tributaries offer some 25km of river to explore and fish. And if you need a guide or an instructor, we can put you in touch with one of our local experts.

Dartmoor River

West Dart Fishing Seasons
Salmon:  1st Feb – 30th Sept  |  Trout:  15th Mar – 30th Sept

West Dart Fishing Permits
Salmon/sea trout:   Week £85   Day £30  |  Brown trout:  Week £30   Day £12

Buy your permit at the Two Bridges Hotel (cash only).

Conservation Measures and Restrictions
A fishing permit must be purchased before fishing, and should be carried at all times. Fly only. Single or double barbless hooks, no larger than size 6. All anglers must complete and submit a catch return

Catch Return

Before 16th June, all salmon must be returned. After 16th June, the first salmon caught may be kept, but not more than two salmon in the season. Return any hen salmon or salmon over 10lbs or which is coloured or tagged. Return all salmon in September to help preserve stocks.

Sea Trout:
No more than two sea trout may be kept per day. All coloured fish under 12 inches must be returned. No angler may retain more than 24 sea trout in the season. Return all sea trout in September to help preserve stocks.

Brown Trout:
Please return all trout under 12 inches. One fish over 12 inches may be kept per day.