Milemead Fisheries is owned and run by brothers Andrew and Paul Evenden.
It has been bought and built up from scratch by them which is no mean feat when you realize
that when they both started their dream in 1986 they were just 22 and 18 years old.
Andrew and Paul both started their passion for fishing at a young age on the banks of the river Tavy.
They regularly fly fished on Dartmoor at Fernworthy and Kennick Reservoirs,
plus many other privately owned lakes.
Soon realizing that a lot of these private waters weren’t very good,
and feeling that they could do better themselves,
Andrew and Paul set about trying to establish their own Trout Farm and Fishery,
with a firm emphasize on top quality fish.
The start of their dream became a reality when in November 1986
the 22 acres of very rough grazing known as Milemead came up for auction.
The pair duly got together enough money for a deposit and successfully bid for the land.
Their dream had started but years of hard work lay ahead........
Former rough grazing and marshland
known as Milemead is put up for sale at auction
As a youngster, would you have had the vision to turn this waterlogged bog into a successful Fishery?
Various planning permissions were approved and in July 1987 they bought their first digger, a stone track was laid and then a few small ponds were dug out to farm trout in, and a start was made on the Carp Lake.
Digging was slow and done at evenings and weekends, as both Andrew and Paul had to work full time elsewhere to pay their monthly bank loan on the land.
Paul brought fish husbandry experience to the Fishery
through a 1 year Diploma Course at Sparsholt College, Hampshire,
and several years of experience working at Roadwater Fishery, Somerset.
Paul in turn passed this valuable knowledge on to Andrew.
Looking back towards
the fishery entrance.
The start of our very first Carp Lake. Now known as
the Carp N’ Silvers Lake.
Lots of very heavy clay.....
Starting to take shape.
Finally in August 1991, the 2 acre Carp Lake was open to the public.
It has been a very popular pleasure Lake ever since.
By August 1991 Andrew was working full time at the Fishery,
followed a few months later by Paul.
Work continued in various parts of the Fishery, more excavation to build trout stock ponds together with the laying of large quantities of blocks, concrete and pipe work in order to ensure a continual running water source to their trout.
From early on they attained an excellent reputation for their top quality trout, they produce up to 20 tons of Rainbow, Blue and Brown Trout every year
Was ideal for the
But not so good
for heavy plant machinery....
Which soon stuck fast!
Most of the Fishery and trout farm has been hand planted by Andrew, Paul
and various members of their Family, everything from reeds to trees,
resulting in the attractive mature site that you see today.
The Fishery is a constant work in progress, over the years Andrew and Paul
have continued to try and improve various parts of the Fishery
as and when time, money and weather allowed.
Extending the Fishery waters with the smaller Canal stretch and a 2 acre coarse stock lake, that went on to become the Trout Lake. This was latterly re-opened to become our very successful Specimen Carp Lake with Carp to 35 lb +.
Another major achievement was the building of a purpose built tackle and bait shop and toilets, which has now allowed them to go on to become
official Shimano and Nash tackle and baits dealers.
The reconstruction of an old stock pond at considerable expense,
due to having to pay to remove an electric pole situated in the middle of it, then brought about a new very popular public stretch of water;
the Canal Basin which has provided a lot of fun
for beginners, families and mini matches alike.
Even now 31 years on the Fishery is still evolving with more recent projects being the conversion of our former Match Lake into our very popular
Cat N’ Carp Lake, together with a 3 peg extension to our Specimen Carp Lake.
The Carp N' Silvers Lake underwent major bank rebuilding over the
Winter 2017/Spring 2018 with new larger, cleaner pegs.
The wet weather was unfortunately against us so the remainder of the lake will hopefully be completed this coming winter.
Andrew and Paul still pride themselves on the quality of both their Trout and Coarse Fish and on the happy relaxed atmosphere that their Fishery provides.
They hope that you enjoy it too!
More major excavation took place to form their next project.
The 2 acre Match Lake, which opened in 1995.
This lake closed in January 2016
as a match water
Due to public demand,
it re-opened in August 2016
as our new and very popular
Cat N’ Carp Lake.