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Video – Big salmon passing fish counter

Here are a couple of 20lb+ salmon negotiating the fish counter in May this year. As you may know, the electrodes are 45cm apart, so both fish are around one metre in length. These are the largest we have seen so far but there have been several approaching this size.

The videos have a full speed run followed by one at 25% speed


Salmon success

As last week’s spate dropped away Derek Myhill caught and released a fresh salmon estimated at 10 lbs from Abbotsmead . Yesterday, another ‘mint’ fish of an identical weight was caught by Rob Dart junior from Stretchford. This one took a small mepps – cast upstream – in bright conditions on a hot day and was also released.

The river is currently (18/6) in perfect condition for night fishing but the seatrout remain elusive and non cooperative.

Fishing News

The first salmon reported on DAA water in 2017 was caught on the 8th by Bush. He reports losing another at Kilbury. The released fish, taken on a spinner at Hembury was showing signs of fungal disease.

Quite a few salmon have been seen in TWP, and a week of high water should have assured easy access upstream.  Encouraging news.

Notice to all DAA members

Due to a previous arrangement with the owner, the Hannaford Fishery above Newbridge is unavailable to anglers on the following dates: June 20th, 21st, 22nd, and July 19th,20th and 21st. It’s imperative that this information is circulated, so please pass it on.


As the beaver reintroduction is happening on a neighbouring river (The Otter) Dart anglers may be interested in the following.

Firstly, here is a recent report on the reintroduction from the BBC:

There is no mention of how beavers might affect fish migration so here is a policy statement from the Angling Trust regarding beaver reintroduction that covers that aspect among others.

Fly box found at Caddaford

If anyone has lost a box of salmon flies in or near to  Caddaford , please get in touch with the Hon Sec. It was reportedly found by another member on the 18th of this month and is in his safe keeping.

One of our members reported watching a fair few sea trout run the OLD fish pass recently: the water was up a little but not particularly high. We have guessed  that maybe 10% of the season’s run ascend on that side. Could it be more ? well, we’d all be interested to know what the 2nd fish counter – when installed  – tells us. (Photos to follow)

There seems to be a reasonable head of fish in the river that are likely to be well spread out after the recent high water. These fish have proved pretty hard to catch : cold nights and sadly, fungal disease, probably haven’t helped.

Though unconfirmed as yet and not on DAA water, a salmon has been caught on the middle river. This will not surprise regular TWP anglers who have been reporting ‘sightings’ for a while.


River update

The season has got off to a sedate start. So far no salmon have been reported  and , it seems, effort has been minimal. Phil Prowse caught a sea trout in TWP in early April, and two or three more have been taken since. The cold weather may have deterred a few members, but with  a decent head of fish entering the river hopes will be high for May.

Newsletter spring 2017 (Web version)


The season should soon be getting well underway, and one or two keen individuals have ventured out both to Totnes Weir and up river. A good run of sea trout would certainly be much appreciated by members and we will be monitoring the run carefully to check numbers both through the counter and visually. About 30 fish went up the fish ladder in early March and the average size of 400-500 millimetres would indicate these were probably sea trout. The counter is continually being fine tuned with enhanced overhead camera footage and replaced side cameras this spring. Some recent overhead photos are here

New Water

This season the Association will be renting one rod (probably for this season only) on Andrew Newman’s fishing above New Bridge (named Hannaford Fishery). The beat is about half a mile and true left bank. Details with maps, access etc are here. It will be best to park at Newbridge car park, walk upstream and just before the pond take the track past the meadow on your left and at the start of the wood take the small gate with the padlock (combination [applying to this water only] available from Hon Sec) The fishing is of course ‘Fly Only’, being above Holne Bridge.

I would advise members that the fishing is not available June 19th – 22nd and 19th – 21st July. I would also advise members that the fishing can become very busy with holiday makers and picnickers during the high summer months. Sea trout fishing would probably be best done before June, however the beat does have salmon fly fishing potential, particularly in a wet spell and would probably be best fished early and late in the day. Grilse fishing during July, August and September could be productive but please be aware of the public access which will be much in evidence particularly during fine weather.

Fishing Regulations 2017

The committee have decided these will be basically the same with some slight adjustment and recommendations as follows:


On salmon the emphasis is to remain with the continued policy of as much catch and release as possible. Last year all salmon were returned. 100% Well done!

The first salmon caught by members after June 15th to be returned (This immediately boosts our C&R rate significantly).

A limit of no more than one salmon kept per member during the season.

The committee also agreed that spinning for salmon should be allowed at Totnes Weir throughout the season. We may at some stage place a new spinning height marker on the weir. Would members please use their discretion if spinning after April 1st, particularly if the river is becoming low(say 40 at Austins Bridge). This recommendation will of course be subject to annual review.

Sea Trout

A limit of no more than two per night to be kept.

Please also again consider a voluntary catch limit of no more that 25 sea trout kept during the season.

The return of sea trout caught over 6lb and a continued minimum size of 12ins.

Some concern has been expressed to the committee about sea trout being foul hooked when night fishing in Totnes Weir and how the use of a dropper may possibly increase the risk. The committee do not wish at this stage to introduce further restriction on method but if fish are being foul hooked regularly on the dropper particularly in low water conditions when there are a lot of fish in the pool, please consider either reverting to a single hook or possibly even moving position in the pool away from where fish might be shoaling.

This year’s membership cards will arrive in the post soon and new updated handbook inserts should be available in the next couple of weeks.

Tight lines

P.I.Prowse Hon Sec