THE RIVER TAW
The Taw rises at 1700 (and something) feet above sea level, at Taw Head, right in the middle of one of the most remote spots on Dartmoor ( it can’t really be called a river at this early stage, in fact it is little more than a bog! ). From here it flows north east past Okehampton and on reaching the A377 turns north west.
By this stage the Taw has collected the little Yeo and west of Chulmleigh the waters of the Little Dart swell the main channel into what can be truly described as a river.
From Eggesford to the junction with the River Mole the fishing is interesting, but a little unpredictable. From Junction Pool down to the sea however, the River Taw offers some of the best game fishing in the country and although beats such as The Junction itself are as renowned for being extremely difficult to get a rod on as they are famous for huge numbers of big fish, there are opportunities further down to experience truly classic salmon and sea-trout fishing with some wonderful wild brownies thrown in for good measure.
After wending its way through acres of open grazing and some outstanding deciduous woodland the river eventually spills out into the sea at Barnstaple, where it shares its estuary with the equally famous river Torridge.
The estuary offers the chance to fish for bass and mullet with conventional tackle and also affords the angler the opportunity to try fly fishing for them as well.
Saltwater fly fishing is in its infancy in England and offers a new and exciting extra string to the game fishing enthusiast’s bow.
FLY FISHING ON THE TAW
SALMON: 1st March – 30th September
SEA TROUT: 15th March – 30th September
BROWNIES: 15th March – 30th September
All salmon caught before 16th June to be returned.
There are three main day ticket fisheries. Two on the lower river and one on the upper river. There are few opportunities to fish the middle river as the owners are resident and keep the fishing for themselves and their guests.
Tim has access to three and a half miles of prime lower Taw salmon and sea trout fishing and offers guided excursions after both species. He is your best bet for finding the fish if you don’t know the river.
Tel: + 44(0)1271 860450
For associated accommodation and website see link on the left for Huish Moor or go to http://www.huishmoor.com/
THE RISING SUN WATER
The Rising Sun water consists of two beats that offer excellent fly fishing throughout the season, both with extremely interesting and varied holding water.
Because of their close proximity to the Rising Sun Hotel these beats represent the ultimate in convenience (although sometimes the hotel bar can be rather too persuasive!!) whilst retaining a feeling of privacy and tranquillity.
The largest salmon caught in the last five years is 23lb and the largest sea trout 11½lbs, both on fly. The brown trout fishing is also truly first class on the Rising Sun beats with wild fish of between 12oz and 1¼lbs being commonplace and every year a 2lb (or bigger) specimen will find its way into the returns book.
The sea trout fishing is very good and in slightly coloured water there are always several caught during day light hours.
Beats are let for a period of 24 hours (6am – 6pm) and rotated daily.
Best pools are: HOME; HUT; STILLY’S and BEAR PIT
Salmon: £40 per day
Sea Trout: £25 per evening
Brown Trout £20 per day
The Rising Sun Inn
WEIRMARSH and WOOLHANGER BEATS
2.25 miles of double bank fishing with excellent fly water throughout. This beat is not advertised heavily and is always popular, the rods going back year after year.
The fishing is administered by Ivan Huxtable, and he is the main point of contact for anything to do with the fishing be it to make a booking or just for advice.
The beats are fished mostly just for salmon and sea trout.
£35 per day salmon or sea trout.
Ivan Huxtable: 01769 540835 or 07779214909.
THE FOX AND HOUNDS WATER
The Fox and Hounds is a fishing hotel at Eggesford on the upper River Taw. The fishing consists of 5 beats, all containing some good fly water. The fishing is primarily for brown trout and sea-trout. It is wilder fishing up here and some of the beats are heavily tree lined. This makes for some fantastic opportunities for catching wild browns as the fall of terrestrials can be huge.
There is a decent Mayfly hatch and fishing at the end of May and first week of June can be very good.
The sea trout are mostly fished for in the more open pools on the beats and at night time. Although because of the wooded nature of some of the runs and shallower pools, day-time fishing can be very good with small flies, especially with a little rise in water.
The Hotel boasts a couple of ponds stocked with trout and also THE DEVON SCHOOL OF FLY FISHING.
Hourly tuition £30ph
½ day guiding/tuition £90
1 day guiding tuition £150
Prices for 2 or more people available on request
Single accommodation from £62.50 per night
PLEASE TELEPHONE FOR DAY TICKET PRICES
The Fox & Hounds Country Hotel
Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7JZ
Tel: 01769 580 345