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Fishing the River Otter

There are very limited opportunities for fishing the River Otter if you are a visiting angler, not a member of a fishing club on the river or staying at a venue that has fishing rights on the river. The only available fishing is a free section on the lower river.  This is found by walking south from Otterton road bridge, on the public footpath alongside the river, downriver until you reach a foot bridge.  From that footbridge you can fish the river downstream as far as the road bridge just above the estuary at Budleigh Salterton (on South Farm Road).  Or you can start at the road bridge on South Farm Road and fish upstream to the footbridge. This provides about 1km of free fishing.

You can also fish a section of the River Tale a tributary of the River Otter at Escot Park through the Westcountry Angling Passport scheme. Details can be found here. The scheme also provides access to lots of other rivers in Devon and Cornwall. Details can be found here.


With the agreement of Fishing Clubs or syndicates, we provide their details including contact arrangements below. These clubs and syndicates generally invite applications and where they do they operate waiting lists until vacancies become available. 

Fishing clubs


Ottery Fly Fishing Club has five beats between Tipton St John and Honiton. They offer interesting and challenging fly fishing for brown trout and a modest run of sea trout. The Club has a no-stocking policy and their beats support a healthy head of wild browns.

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For enquiries about membership, from bona fide fly anglers, then please contact the Club’s  Honorary Secretary.  

Day Tickets

The only Day Tickets fishing currently available on the R Otter is the Westcountry Angling Passport scheme Beat on the River Tale.



You can arrange for guided fishing at the Deer Park near Honiton through Neil Keep, who can be contacted here.

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