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First Sea Trout of the Year

A hotel guest caught and released the season's first sea trout on the River Taw

Fox and Hounds guest, Phil A. caught the hotel’s first sea trout of the season on the own Home Beat while fishing with guide, Anthony Willmington. The fish, estimated to be just shy of two pounds fell to a Silver Stoat’s Tail fly, mid morning in the upper section of the beat and was safely released to continue its journey up the River Taw.

Sea Trout are quite rare to catch on our beats of the Taw, but new guide Anthony thinks that might be because most people target the more abundant brownies. “The hotel beats actually have a number of good runs for holding salmon and sea trout”, says Anthony, who joined the hotel this year as a new guide. “If more people target them, I think we’ll see the number of catches go up significantly.” Anthony focusses on the bigger fish on his own stretch of the River Torridge, about 30 minutes from the hotel. He brings his many years expertise fishing for salmon and sea trout to our beats on the River Taw, and of course guests can also choose to fish the Torridge.

Beautiful fish caught just near the benches in the lower garden on a Silver Stoats Tail fly
Unfortunately dogs aren't allowed on beats, but Phoebe found plenty to explore in the gardens!

Phil and Anthony had a great day out, also catching a number of small brown trout, and we look forward to see Phil and his family back again in the near future – and hope he’ll put some more sea trout on the scoreboard!

For more about hotel fishing, our beats on the the River Taw and River Torridge and suggestions for gear, flies and techniques, together guide information, please visit our Hotel Fishing page.

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