Fly Fishing

Our beautiful lake is fed by crystal clear spring water from Exmoor & set in a deep valley surrounded by rolling green hills and woodland. The quality of our hard fighting, razor finned rainbow & brown trout is outstanding and well recognised by the many anglers that visit Blakewell - often you will see us featured in Trout Fisherman. Our lake is well managed; we take care to ensure abundant fly hatches encouraging the trout to rise freely to the fly.

Important notice for customers
We will be draining the Lake from Friday 31st July for two weeks. Opening again for fishing w/c 17th August.
We apologise for any inconvenience
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When booking on the same day you'd like
to fish, please call 01271 344533 to book.

Rules & Information

Junior anglers please enquire. 

Fishing on the lake is from sun up to sun down.
Times on booking page is a guide only. 

Rules: 

1. Fly fishing only 
2. No dogs allowed 
3. No catch and release 

 

Learn how to fly fish

Our lake is an ideal venue for learning to fly fish and we offer fishing lessons & fishing experiences for beginners, the more advanced & groups from £40 per hour. Our tackle room provides everything you need to fish at Blakewell; you can hire or buy all the fly fishing tackle you need from us. We also have a range of gift tokens, that can be used at Blakewell, ideal for birthdays and Christmas.

Fly fishing Lesson - Beginner - Two Hours

If you’ve never picked up a rod before, our resident instructors are here to help. You will have a 2-hour fishing session. During the first hour our experienced tutor will go over the skills & knowledge required for fly fishing and get you casting, once we have you casting we will discuss flies & tactics to use. During the second hour you will be free to put into practice your newly acquired skills on the lake with the chance to catch one of our trout to take home for your dinner!

£40 one person / £68 two people

Half Day Fly Fishing lesson - 10:00am to 13:00pm or 14:00pm to 17:00pm

Ideal for anyone looking to get their first taste of the sport even if you’ve never picked up a rod before, our resident instructors are here to help. You will spend 3 hours out on our 5 acre lake, the first 2 hours learning the skills and knowledge for fly fishing with one of our experienced instructors. Once we have you casting we will discuss which flies & tactics to use & then put this all into practice. For the 3rd hour we will step back a little, let you put into practice what you’ve learnt & see if you can entice one of our trout. All the tackle required is included in this lesson, including light refreshments, and if you are lucky enough to catch a trout we will show you how to prepare it for eating, you can then take the trout home for your dinner.

£98 one person / £136 two people

Blakewell fly fishing taster experience - 10:30am to 13:00pm or 14:00pm to 16:30pm

This is a great family or group introduction to fly fishing for 2 or more people, the experience will be for 2.5hours. Firstly, you will be introduced to Blakewell fishery by one of our experienced fishing instructors followed by a quick tour of some of our ponds with an insight into the Rainbow and Brown trout you are looking to catch. You will then be taken out onto our lake where our instructor will go over the fly fishing equipment, skills & knowledge required to help you understand the art of fly fishing and get you casting. Once you’re up and casting we’ll discuss flies, lures and tactics before putting your newly acquired skills into place with a chance to catch one of our trout. After you have caught your first trout (We really hope you will) we will show you how to prepare it for eating, you can then take the trout home for your dinner.

2 people £95 / 4 people £115 / 6 people £130

Lake & Waterside Shop & Café Opening times
The lake is open all year, 7 days a week, 8am–sunset, except for Christmas day.

 

The Shop & Café Winter opening

(October -March) from 10am - 4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

 

Find us

We are just minutes from Barnstaple Town Centre. Leave the A39 on the outskirts of Barnstaple by taking the B3230 towards Ilfracombe. We are situated less than half a mile on your left.