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The River Camel

Sea Trout Fishing on the River Camel

The River Camel (from the Cornish "the crooked one") rises on Hendraburnick Down on the edge of Bodmin Moor, at an altitude of 218 metres. The upper reaches of the Camel and its tributaries ( Allen, Ruthern, de Lank and Stannon) are mainly moorland giving way to woodland and farmland, predominantly livestock.This means that 64.8% of the catchment is grassland, with a further 14.8% arable land and 12.9% woodland. Of the remaining 7.4%, 4.5% is urban or built-up areas, 2.7% is mountain, heath and bog and the remainder is inland waters. The Camel winds for thirty miles, draining, together with its tributaries, a large part of Northern Cornwall and entering the Atlantic Ocean below Wadebridge. The river is tidal up to Egloshayle.

 

The River Camel at Boscarne

 

 

Sea Trout Fishing on the River Camel

The river Camel has a good run of sea trout, with a catch of 333 recorded in 2008. Around twenty miles of the river are managed by the two main clubs, the Bodmin Anglers Association  and the Wadebridge Anglers Association. Much of the river is fished with a spinner or worm, although both fishing associations have decent fly water and many sea trout are taken at night. The main run of sea trout, mainly school peal with a few larger fish among them, arrives in early July. As a conservation measure, there is a voluntary agreement that all peal will be returned after the end of August. The salmon run tends to get under way in late August or September beginning with grilse around the five pound mark. The best of the season, and the bigger fish, comes in October with the season ending on December 15.

 

View Google maps and aerial satellite views of the River Camel

Pan the whole length of the river and zoom into aerial views of the salmon and sea trout fishing pools

 
 

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