Fishing for Salmon and Trout on the river Fowey at Lostwithiel in Cornwall

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The river Fowey viewed from Mellingey
The river Fowey viewed from Mellingey

The river Fowey is just a very short stroll across the field below Mellingey gets you to a classic pool with a lovely lip and run off at its tail. The pool known locally as second Island is deep and clear and so unfortunately for the game angler it is also very popular with the locals for swimming, walking their dogs and picnic’s. However there is great trout, salmon and sea trout fishing upstream and downstream from the house.

Above second Island, is the private Restormel beat which leads into the Lanhydrock beats, day tickets can usually be purchased for these.

The run into Dynamite pool
The run into Dynamite pool

Dynamite pool clearly related to an old poaching method for catching salmon, is a deep narrow pool which cuts under the nearside bank where the salmon hide under the shelf, can be fly fished from above but many locals use ledgered prawn or worm hung temptingly in front of the lying salmon.

A deep glide just above second Island
A deep glide just above second Island

This stretch of around 300 metres is quite narrow and deep with tree lined banks along most of its length. This makes it quite challenging for the fly fisherman but ideal for the angler who likes to free line their bait to the waiting salmon and sea trout. In June and July there can be quite large shoals of peal lying on the sand and pebbled river bed.

The playing field glide
The playing field glide

A long straight glide of reasonably uniform depth and fairly slow running water, ideal for dry fly fishing after brownies, the salmon do lie along its length but mainly tucked in under the tree roots on the far bank.

The river then flows under the fabulous ancient town bridge, through the parade and on towards Coulson park and the moors.

Daffodils on the riverbank in the playing fields
Towards the ancient town bridge

Fishing through the actual town itself is limited although great sport can be had for small brownies living in the fast flowing shallow water.

Pill walk
Alongside Brunel quays & the railway sidings

Below the parade and above the iron bridge is a stretch where locals keep there pleasure and fishing boats, fishing can be awkward here especially if you hook into a decent fish between moorings.

Peal pool in Coulson park
Peal pool in Coulson park

The river winds its way gently through the tranquil Coulson park with a few fish holding pools, lips & glides, under the iron railway bridge passed the old bandstand stretch and on into Peal pool.

Reflections on the river Fowey

The run out of Peal pool – Coulson park

This is realistically the end of the freshwater fishing area as the river meander’s along Pill walk beside the china clay railway line to Fowey and on into the moors towards St. Winnow. Bass and Mullet fishing take over here when the tide is making and can provide some great sport.

Pill walk
Pill walk

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