The Devonshire River
Fishing Association (AFA) "This
little river that rises in the granite bogs of Southern Dartmoor,
the Avon Dam and then rapidly tumbles its way down to the South Devon
The Association fishing begins on
the left bank below the bridge that crosses the old A38 road.
Our water continues with a similar haste as a
mixture of boulder bedded runs, deep pots, bare rock and the odd larger
pool. Both banks are well wooded most of
the way from South Brent through to Avonwick station.
In the autumn it can be a raging torrent and yet in summer changes to a
mere brook. This is interesting
water. It provides good salmon fishing
in the autumn and delightful dry fly fishing during the
As the river grows older it continues to
provide an amazing variety of fishing ending at the tidal weir near
Gifford." (Malcolm Pickup, 2009)
Mr J.B.S. "Jack" Notley was born in Diptford Rectory in 1893 and fished
on the river for more than 81 consecutive seasons until shortly before
his death in 1988.
He described the Avon as "one
of the finest Trout streams in the West Country. Little known and
little fished, a grand fly river and no short risers. I have fished it
over 40 years and much prefer it to any of the numerous rivers I have
fished including the Kennett and Lambourn."