Beat 40: South Penquite

De Lank


About Beat 40: South Penquite

The De lank river at South Penquite tumbles and flows through semi open moorland and ancient woodland, its waters are clear with the characteristic peaty strain of the moorland runoff. Granite boulders litter much of the river, breaking up the main flows and creating countless pocket waters, shoots, and glides. The largest pools in the lower section are generally short, narrow and surprisingly deep, with the wider, more shallow larger pools found in the upper 300 yards of the Beat. Much of the Beat is treelined, with overhung and submerged limbs commonplace, these offer the resident fish fantastic habitat and refuge, but does make casting tricky, we recommend using a 6-8’6”, #0-4 fly set up here, and the use of Bow & Arrow, Roll, Snake Rolls, side casts are the only ways to effectively present a fly. Being blocked by an impassable barrier downstream for the last century, the population of brown trout here have become unique, with fish up to the 2lb mark being caught in past seasons. The 2021 Season was a quiet one at South Penquite, we definitely hope this changes in 2022, because the fishing here is nothing short of tremendous, and with the right approach anglers have been able to land over 30 fish in a few short hours, these trout weren’t lacking in size either with fish to 12” landed and losses of fish estimated over 15”. The Camel emergency byelaw has imposed a later start to the season to help migratory fish, despite this having little or no bearing on the upper De Lank due to the barrier, it should bring the opening days some more productive fishing as this beat has always taken a month to get going.

Fish Species

Brown Trout
Sea Trout

Season Dates

Start Date
1st May
End Date
1st October

Information & restrictions

River Camel rod fisheries: Fly Fishing only. Catch and release of all species. Brown trout season 1st May - 30th September. 100% Catch and release of any rod caught live or dead salmon from the River Camel catchment. Catch and release is allowed with fish returned immediately with least possible injury. 100% catch and release of any rod caught live or dead salmon from the River Allen all season. No fishing for or attempting to rod fish for salmon before 16 June by any means other than artificial fly or artificial lures in any calendar year.

Directions & access

To navigate to this Beat via Fish Pass app on your mobile device using maps, scroll to the bottom of this Beat page and click “Tap to explore” on the map, then tap the Navigation Arrow Icon on the map. From Launceston take the A30 west. 3.75 miles past Jamaica Inn turn right signed St Breward. Follow the road for a further 2.1 miles (turning straight, left, right at junctions) and then turn rights signed St Breward/Camelford. After about 0.75 miles there is a gateway on your left. Proceed through and park on the hard-core area. Scan the Fish Pass QR code on fence then walk across the field and down to the river.

Beat map

Lat 50.550724
Long -4.664307
Recent Catches

These are the very latest catch returns for this beat

4th July 2022

15 × Brown Trout

16th July 2022

8 × Brown Trout

31st July 2022

No catches

1st August 2022

1 × Brown Trout
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