Latest news from Butterwell Fishery on the River Camel.

As featured in Trout and Salmon magazine Fishing Reports.

18th November 2023:


After relatively good conditions to mid-October and some reasonable results at Butterwell the deluge predicted in the last report materialised in the form of Storm Kiran at the beginning of November and has been followed by several other deep depressions bringing rain and floods to Cornwall. The conditions have been far from ideal for most of the Butterwell fishing but this did provide the opportunity to fish areas which are more fishable in high water.  Peter Ayton managed to land a nice 10lb hen fish from his persistence in the wooded area. Several other bright looking salmon and lots of sea trout have been seen running late but have been on the move due to conditions. As I write the river is nearly bank high and coloured but there is some hope in the forecast for the final month of the season to 15 December that the South may get dryer conditions which will enable the river to settle to a good fishable height and provide a good opportunity in what undoubtedly has been a year with better numbers of salmon in the Camel. Rods are still available all the way to 15th December. To book fishing and/or accommodation this year or in 2024 please call Sam on 07766 224 258 or email

man fishing on the banks of the river camel

19th October 2023:


After the slow start to salmon fishing at Butterwell Farm in September the dry conditions were replaced by good water heights for the latter half of September and the first half of October. Visiting anglers were a little thin on the ground but had success. Mike Laughlin managed another salmon of 8lb, the second of his visit. Chris Jefford also had a brace for his visit, the largest a fresh hen fish of 10lb. Finally Jake Dodge had a hen of 5lb. As I write in mid-October the river is about to get another dousing from Storm Babet so we can expect conditions to remain favourable. Rods are still available all the way to 15th December. To book fishing and/or accommodation call Sam on 07766 224 258 or email

angler holding fishing net in river with salmon inside

22nd September 2023:


Butterwell Salmon fishing got off to a slow start with the start of September coinciding with the driest two week spell of the entire summer. So a very difficult time for Sea Trout in high water and then finally settled conditions when we switched to Salmon fishing by day on the 1st September. When the weather broke in mid-September Salmon began to run and a fresh cock fish of 5lb was taken in the Denbys by Mike Laughlin and others were seen. As I write the Camel is now in good order and we are hopeful for some more action. Rods are still available all the way to 15th December.

Hand holding a fishing rod and reel