The Arundell has a long-standing reputation for being one of the best locations to pursue wild fish with the fly in the UK. We have access to some 20 miles of rivers that make up the Tamar system. These rivers include the Tamar and the tributaries that flow into the Tamar, which include the Lyd, Thrushel, Wolf, Ottery, and Lew. All the rivers carry a good head of wild fish, predominantly brown trout. They also have good runs of sea trout and with a bit of luck, the occasional salmon. We are fortunate in that they also hold a population of grayling, which was introduced into our rivers by the Dukes of Bedford in the 18th C. We are delighted by their presence in our rivers, as it is indicative of the excellent water quality we enjoy.
In order to increase the breadth of our holding water, and courtesy of the landlord, Mr Graeme Hart, the hotel has managed to secure a prominent stretch of the Lyd - the Sydenham Estate waters. This stretch is around 2 miles and extends from the existing beat 3 at Spry farm through to the Angel Steps Bridge. It is broken into 3 new beats, namely Warren Wood, The Hams and Angel Steps. Each beat is around 2/3rds of a mile, with numerous runs and pools. It is perfect water for traditional dry fly enthusiast, and also promises excellent night time sea-trout fishing opportunities.
The beats have been named, Angel Steps (upper stretch), The Hams (middle stretch), and Warren Wood (lower stretch). They are exceptional fishing waters, and benefit from a fishing hut. Over the 3 beats we can easily support 4 anglers wishing to fish together for the day and to this end the hotel will provide catering for fisherman at the hut with prior booking. Alternatively fisherman can pre-order hampers from the deli.
The Lyd offers some of the best night sea-trout fishing and to this end this new water has been a key area of focus in terms of bank clearing and access. All the prominent pools can be easily accessed and fished properly but trimming and clearing has been done sympathetically to maintain the wild and natural environment which is a wonderful attribute of all of the Arundell’s fishing.
In terms of increasing the potential for catching salmon the Arundell has also rejoined the Endsleigh Fishing club. The Endsleigh club is predominantly run as an exclusive salmon fishery although they also offer the opportunity for excellent night fishing by arrangement.