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With just under 800m of double bank, Upper Sydenham is part of an extensive beat set in the superb Elizabethan Estate surroundings with 12 good pools and many nice runs for both fly fishing and spinning. There is a chance of a salmon from mid-May given adequate water and it is best fished as the river clears after a spate. Sea trout from late June and best fished for at dawn/dusk with a run of larger fish from mid-April, which can provide great day time sport.
2019 sees the extensive beat divided in two to enable a little more exclusivity on such a popular beat. Please park in the Upper Sydenham parking spaces to let others know which beat you are fishing.
Information & restrictions
Please note, the left hand bank from the bridge up (approx 200m), is private property and should not be used for access and or fishing. Fly fishing & spinning only. No bait fishing. Please note FLY ONLY before 16 June. 1 salmon, 2 trout or 2 sea trout may be retained per day but please refer to the guidelines below. After 1 September all fish over ten pounds or 30 inches in length to be released. Please use barbless or de-barbed hooks. Sorry, no dogs. Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association guidelines recommend at least two thirds of all salmon caught, along with all red or coloured fish are released as well as all salmon over ten pounds caught after the end of August, all sea trout over three pounds should always be released.
Directions & access
From Launceston, take the old A30 through Lifton towards Okehampton. After 1.5 miles turn right beside the Harris Arms pub and continue on this road for 1.5 miles and then turn right to Sydenham. Drive over the bridge, round to your right ,continue for 100m and park tidally on the left next to the barn and trucks. The token box is on a post at the bridge. Please leave a token stub or note on your dashboard so Estate staff realise your car is an angler’s. There are various routes down to the lowest end of the beat, in wet weather you might like to walk them. You may drive the northern track, but the tracks are very rough with no room to turn round so please make sure your car is suitable to drive off road and you are happy reversing. Westcountry Rivers Trust or the land owner hold no responsibility for any issues you may encounter, so please take care.
These are the very latest catch returns for this beat
15th April 2019
8th June 2019
10 × Brown Trout
2 × Grayling
25th March 2020
7 × Brown Trout
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