Located on the River Tamar (which forms the border between Devon and Cornwall), Burrator Reservoir is also on the edge of Dartmoor. The scenery is sublime, with windswept hills and woods around the lake, which abounds with brown trout and the odd rainbow trout as well - all while being close enough to Plymouth for urban exploration.
North Devon's Simpson Valley fishery is one of the top spots for fly fishing in the region, combining well-stocked lakes and streams with affordable rates and assistance for kids if youngsters want to learn the ropes. And if trout fishing isn't your thing, there are coarse fishing options on-site as well, with no shortage of perch around to test your skills.
If you base yourself in Teignmouth, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. On Back Beach, it's possible to cast for mackerel or garfish, while the River Teign is a prime flounder fishing stream. The mix of estuary species and scenic spots is ideal, while beaches also provide recreational options for kids and non-anglers. Paignton Zoo is right next door as well, providing something for families to do when the fish aren't biting.
Located on the River Torridge in northwestern Devon, Little Warham has an ace up its sleeve: reliable, well-stocked waters where salmon are easy to find. Anyone who has a passion for fly fishing will feel right at home as they slip on their waders here, and with 17 pools to try, finding a secluded spot won't be hard. Given salmon spawning seasons, it's perfect for mid-summer and autumn escapes.
Although Torquay is more famous for its beaches, fine weather, and family attractions, fishing is a really popular local pastime, and Princess Pier is just the place to do it. Join local enthusiasts and cast over the shallow coastal waters, where numerous marine species are easy to catch. Safe bars and easy conditions make it ideal for kids and parents, while the city next door is a great place to spend summer breaks.