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. In 2019 the lake will not be stocked and fishing will be low cost at £10 for a days fishing with a 4 fish limit. Fishing is for Brown trout which have been stocked for the past two seasons up to 4lbs in weight. Anglers reported catching well over 20 fish in a day during the past two seasons so we anticipate some great sport will be had if you visit.

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 ticket ensuring you can have a full days sport. Barbless hooks must be used.

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.

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: £10 (4)
Child 12-18: £5 (2)

Season Ticket Pricing

Full Day: £65.00
Concession: N/A
All Waters Child 12-18: £100.00
Bag Limit (weekly): 4
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 or on 01566 771930
Season Permits: Online or at South West Lakes Trust 01566 771930.
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

All Waters Season Permit: Click here to purchase online or call 01566 771930

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