Trout Fishing at Wistlandpound Reservoir

Wistlandpound Reservoir, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4SJ
Wistlandpound is located on the edge of Exmoor, close to Barnstaple. This reservoir is tucked away and is surrounded by a conifer plantation which sits low in the rolling hills. Wistlandpound has gone through quite a transformation for the 2016 season and anglers can expect good sport from stocked brown trout and natural brown trout at this fishery (formerly Rainbow trout). We will be stocking Browns up to 2lbs but wild browns up to 4lbs were caught during 2015.

Wistlandpound is a favourite reservoir for the angler seeking a more natural and wild environment. At only 41 acres, the whole reservoir can be fished in a day’s session, with plenty of grassy banks and rocky points to explore. Dry fly fishing is hugely successful on this water, which has an impressive evening rise. Popular patterns include the black gnat, hoppers and daddies, while klinkhammers, emergers, and buzzers will work well all year round.  Popular nymph patterns include the black and peacock spider, pheasant tail nymph and olive damsel. Black and green is a very effective colour combination on this water

Wistlandpound offers ‘Catch and release’ fishing as part of a full day or concession ticket ensuring you can have a full days sport. Barbless hooks must be used.

New for 2016, Wistlandpound Fly Fishing Club have a fishing boat which is available for hire to members only. For enquiries on joining the club, please contact the club secretary Steve Edmonds on 07713020336 steve.eds13@btinternet.com

A wheelyboat, which is accessible for wheelchair users, is available to book via the Calvert Trust on 01598 763221.

Interested in becoming a Bailiff for this water? We have a number of volunteer positions available, for further details, please contact the fishery warden on exmoorcw@swlakestrust.org.uk

Refreshments are available from the coffee cart which is located in the carpark. There are accessible woodland walks on site and the Calvert Trust offers outdoor activity breaks and courses for people with disabilities.

Why not try our special ‘Castabout’ season permit which covers all our Brown Trout waters (Fernworthy/Roadford/Colliford and Wistlandpound)

Season Date: 15 March – 12 October

Day Ticket Pricing (bag limit in brackets)

Full Day: £15.50 (4)
Concession: £13.50 (4)
Child 16-18: £5 (2)
Evening:  n/a
Catch and Release: n/a

Season Ticket Pricing

Full Day: £195.00
Full Direct Debit Per Month: £37.00
Concession: £160.00
Concession Direct Debit Per Month: £31.00
Child 16-18: £50.00
Bag Limit (weekly): 8
Bag Limit (weekly) Child: 4

When purchasing an add on season permit, higher priced fisheries must be purchased first and lower priced fisheries can be added on.

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Season Date: 15 March – 12 October
Day Permits: Available online, Calvert Trust reception (on site), Challacombe Post Office, Variety Sports (Ilfracombe) and Richardsons Newsagents (Ilfracombe).
Season Permits: South West Lakes Trust 01566 771930, Summerlands Tackle 01237 471291.
01398 371460

Fishery Info:
Address: Wistlandpound, Near South Molton, Devon EX31 4SJ
Fishery Size: 41 acres

Permit Agents:
Challacombe Post Office. Tel: 01598 763229
Variety Sports, Ilfracombe. Tel: 01271 862039
Calvert Trust, Wistlandpound. Tel: 01598 673221
Richardsons Newsagents, Ilfracombe. Tel: 01271 864668

Club and Club Boats:
Wistlandpound Fly Fishing Club
Steve Edwards 07713020336 / 01271 326097, steve.eds13@btinternet.com

Bryan Martin 01769 550840
Nick Hart 01398 331660
John Dawson 01398 331498


Wistlandpound facilities include; car park and is a wheelchair friendly fishery.