Osborne & Cragg Fishing Shop

37 Bretonside, The Barbican


01752 223141



Yelverton (Esso) Garage

1 Moorland Villas,


PL20 6DT

01822 853339



Moorland Garden Hotel

PL20 6DA

Tel. 01822 852245



Brown Trout on all our rivers may be taken from 15 March until 30 September.

Sea Trout on all our rivers may be taken from 3 March until 30 September.

On the Tavy and Walkham, Salmon may be caught between 1 March and 14 October.

On the Plym & Meavy Salmon may be caught between 1 April and 15 December.

However an EA byelaw insists that any Salmon caught between 1 March and 15 June is returned to the river. It is hoped that this action will help increase the numbers of spring run salmon which have declined in recent years.

Please note

A valid Environmental Agency (EA) fishing licence is required before fishing on any club water and permits are issued subject to the Rules

Permit Fishing Beats:

Walkham Plym Meavy Tavy

Notes for Fishing the Permit Waters

(Each Permit shows map of all the beats)

The club waters hold good stocks of wild brown trout, excellent runs of sea trout and some superb salmon. There are eels but no coarse fish. Fishing with ‘natural’ bait is prohibited.

Brown Trout

The upper beats of the rivers provide the best trout fishing but please note that within the waters of the Dartmoor National Park fishing for brown trout is by artificial fly only. Dartmoor trout are not fussy feeders and most traditional wet and dry flies will deceive them if well presented. Upstream leaded nymphs or ‘Goldheads’ consistently take the better fish (1lb+).

Sea Trout

Spinning is permitted for sea trout and this can be the most productive method when the rivers are in spate. Small Mepps or Rapalas will take fish but when the rivers are running low and clear, spinning is unlikely to produce results.  Wet fly-fishing in the day or even better at night can produce good bags and these are the methods preferred by locals. Stealth is the key. Sea trout to 12lb may be taken but the larger fish make poor eating late in the season. Local fishermen do not kill mature sea trout during September.


The spring run of salmon is negligible but there is often a healthy run of grilse during summer spates. In the Autumn most fishermen tend to turn their attention from sea trout to focus on salmon. When the river is in spate, spinning with large spoons, plugs or the traditional Devon minnow can bring success. When the water is clearing fishing fly-fishing is more effective and small ‘shrimp’ flies, tied on trebles or hair winged tube flies regularly take fish.

Fishing for salmon ends on October 15th on the Walkham and Tavy but continues until 12th December on the Plym and Meavy. Those fishing for winter salmon on the Plym or Meavy will encounter spawning sea trout. Please return these carefully. They can run into ‘double figures’ and those who have taken them ‘in mistake’ for winter salmon have been prosecuted.


The Walkham

(left bank when looking downstream only)

Beat 1 Parish Boundary to Merrivale Newtake (approx 2 kilometres)

The top beat of the River Walkham lies between Langstone Moor and Great Mis Tor. It begins at the Parish Boundary (OS566782) and continues to Merrivale Newtake (OS553768). Park at Merrivale (OS 550751) and walk up the valley about 2 kilometres to the most northerly field boundary. Fishing is from the left bank only. Good dry fly fishing can be had from this little stream. ‘Fish the water’ and be prepared for fast takes.

Beat 2 Merrivale to Ward Bridge (Sampford Spiney) (appprox 3 kilometres)

The longest, wildest and least fished section provides excellent wild brown trout, good sea trout and the ‘occasional salmon’.  Park at Merrivale and fish downstream when the water runs ‘peaty’ or park at Ward Bridge (OS 543720) and fish up stream. The pretty stream tumbles over enormous moss covered boulders through three kilometres of ancient oak woods, bog and rough pasture. This is not a manicured chalk stream but real wild fishing. Please tell someone where you are going when setting out to fish the upper Walkham

Beat 3 Ward Bridge to Huckworthy. (approx 2 kilometres)

The short section between Ward Bridge and the hamlet of Huckworthy provides a little less than two kilometres of similar wooded and fast water. The section immediately below Ward Bridge (about 300 metres) is in private hands. Access is possible by climbing down the upstream side of Ward Bridge and passing through the overflow tunnels at the side of the bridge and walking down the left bank. If using this route to the club fishing please remove any flies or lures from your line until you reach the ‘River’ Egg to avoid ‘any confusion’.

The ‘River’ Egg is a tiny violent stream that tumbles into the Walkham and was once used to provide domestic electricity and the remains of the small generating station can still be seen. From here down there is a series of pots, pools and runs down to Huckworthy. It includes Eggworthy Weir - a superb long pool that often holds good shoals of sea trout from May.

Alternatively you can park at Huckworthy (OS 532705) and fish upstream. You need to pass through the property to access the bank and it is polite to inform the occupants who you are and show your permit. The pool above the bridge is an excellent holding pool and does provide salmon and sea trout but the brown trout fishing is better as one continues upstream.

Beat 4 Huckworthy to Foxhams and Sergeants Weir (approx 1 kilometre)

The short section immediately below Huckworthy is also in private ownership. If parked at Huckworthy walk back up the hill towards Walkhampton and pass through the first field gateway (adjacent to the track to Horrabridge) on your right. The fishing begins at the upstream boundary of this field. At the bottom of the enclosure is a good holding pool with a high overhanging bank. About 400 yards downstream the river turns into Sergeants Weir. This is a superb night fishing pool for sea trout. Immediately below this long pool a small tributary joins the stream and from here down there is a series of unnamed pools and fish holding runs until Foxhams Weir. The club has the top half of the pool created by this weir. From the first field boundary upstream of the weir and on to Horrabridge is in private hands.

Parking is possible by the cattle grid on the Walkhampton Road (OS 521697) just outside Horrabridge. The angler can walk down the track and enter the fields at the first gate, turning immediately right through the next gate into the field to the west. The weir can be seen below you and continue diagonally across the field to where the river meets the hedge boundary (OS527703) and where the fishing begins. Alternatively the angler can continue along the track to the ‘Stepping Stones’ over Blacka Brook. Continue over the stream through the gate and along the track where it meets a small path that leads to Sergeants Weir.


Beat 5 Bedford (Magpie) Bridge to Grenofen Bridge (approx 1.6 kilometres)

Please look at the web site where there are extensive directions to this beat.

More MAPS 

The Plym (Cad)

Beat 1 Gutter Tor to Cadover Bridge. (approx 1 or 4 kilometres)

The fishing begins at Sheepstor parish boundary (OS 607682) and is single (right) bank until the junction with Blackabrook (OS 564644) where both banks are available to Cadover Bridge) There is plenty of parking at Cadover Bridge (OS 556646) and in high summer this becomes honey pot for picnickers but a couple of hundred yards upstream peace and fish can be found. Like the upper Walkham this is good upstream fly water. There are a few deep pools where sea trout may hold in the season but few salmon make it this far up the Plym.


Beat 2 Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge (approx 2.5 kilometres)

Both banks may be fished from the bridge to Lower Cadworthy Farm (OS551644) and the NT woods. From here fishing is from the left bank only. Parking is at Cadover or at Shaugh Bridge (OS 533637). The river falls rapidly through short waterfalls into good pools.


Beat 3 Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge (approx 2.4 kilometres)

Please refer to the web site where there are extensive directions to this beat.


The Meavy

Beat 1 Burrator Dam to Marchants Bridge at Meavy (approx 1.2 kilometres)

The fishing is from the left bank only from just below the Dam (OS551679) to the bridge (OS546670). In places this bank is quite steep, especially at the top where access can be ‘challenging’. The river is small but compensation water does provide a constant flow and temperature to the water. It will provide some fishing when other rivers are low and hot.


Beat 2 From Gratton Bridge to Olderwood

This beat is not currently available to TWP members or ticket holders.


Beat 3 Clearbrook to Shaugh Bridge. (approx 2 kilometres)

The fishing is from the right bank and begins at the first field boundary below Hoo Meavy Bridge (OS 525653). The river is small, and in places overgrown, but holds better brown trout and will reward the skilful use of a brook rod. The beat is about two kilometres in all and continues down past Lower Goodameavy Bridge and on to Shaugh Bridge.

The right bank from Sheepstor Parish Boundary to the Blackabrook. Both banks from Blackabrook to Cadover Bridge. The right bank from Cadover Bridge to Lower Cadworthy Farm. Left bank from Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge. Both banks from Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge (except approximately 180 yds left bank at Harscombe Farmhouse). .

The Tavy

Beat 1 Brook House to the River Lumburn. (approx 1.5 kilometres)

The fishing begins below the town of Tavistock adjacent to Brook House. Free parking is available in Tavistock Football Club grounds if permit is shown. Fishing is from both banks down to its junction with the River Lumburn. Limited parking is available at Carin’s Pool about half way down this beat but if parking here, please do not hinder access to the cottages.


Please note

A valid Environmental Agency (EA) fishing licence is required before fishing on any club water and permits are issued subject to the Rules

All Permit holders are required to submit annual returns

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Permits may be obtained from a number of agents in the region (see table below)

Always fish with your permit and a valid EA Licence

and be aware of the RULES - particularly regarding use of spinning lures etc

Brown Trout by Robin Armstrong

Brown Trout by Robin Armstrong


Salmon & Seatrout - Full Season
Salmon & Seatrout - Week
Salmon & Seatrout - Day
Trout - Full Season
Trout - Month
Trout - Week
** Visitors Permit**

Any 2 weeks fishing for visitors to the area on all the club Permit Water PLUS the exclusive Association Water. Special permit obtained through Roger Round, Hon Sec, with minimum of 1 weeks notice. (Payment in advance - includes returnable deposit of £25 for access key)

Trout U-18 - Season
Trout U18 - Month

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