River Cad Beat 1 – Langcombe Brook to Shaugh Bridge
Beat 1 is available to full members, associate members and permit holders at any time during the fishing season. Fishing is only with fly or artificial lure. The beat lies within Dartmoor National Park and bylaws prohibit spinning for brown trout. Fishing from bridges is prohibited.
Right bank fishing begins at the junction of the River Cad with the Langcombe Brook (OS SX 592665). It continues downstream to the hedge that meets the river above Brisworthy Farm. Right bank fishing continues from Cadover Bridge and ends at Lower Cadworthy Farm.
Left bank fishing begins at the junction of the River Cad with Blacka Brook and continues downstream to the junction with the River Meavy.
There is easy access from the abundant parking at Cadover Bridge and Shaugh Bridge but on a nice summers day these areas are full of trippers enjoying a day on the moors. However, few people venture out of sight of their cars and the steep central section between the two bridges is relatively quiet and the angler will experience little disturbance. This is fast water, tumbling over large boulders into deep pots which harbour many untroubled fish.
The stream was once well fished and is mentioned in H.S. Joyces book ‘A Trout Angler’s Notebook’. In this 1947 publication Joyce describes fishing the river and rejoices in an early morning encounter at a pool adjacent to Lower Cadworthy Farm. Joyce and his contemporaries were keen trout fishermen and had a high regard for the sporting qualities of this pretty river.