Newbridge Beat

Venue Description

Our Game fishing on the River Taw.

Newbridge is the first beat on the river system.  All salmon and Sea Trout  access our fishing first before moving upstream.

Large tides bring in fresh stocks throughout the season subject to conditions  at the time. Our 9 holding pools have produced salmon to 20lbs  in recent years.  With the larger Sea Trout  running earlier on in the season.

During low water conditions our beat  also holds a good stock of brown trout. These are wild fish and as such will give good sport on the right tackle. Dry flies and nymphs bring good results.

The river is EA Patrolled and protected .

All Environmental Agency and Barnstaple and District Angling Association rules apply.

Location & Access

Our Newbridge Beat is situated some 3 miles from Barnstaple  on the A377 road to Crediton & Exeter.

The water commences where the main road bridge crosses over the river Taw. A mile or so after passing through the village of Bishops Tawton.


Once  road bridge is crossed (coming from Barnstaple) there is parking opposite the white house on the corner. Or take the right hand turning to Lake and parking above ‘Dump Run’ some 150 yards on your right.


The beat is downstream from the bridge . The club own the left hand bank downstream to where the next road bridge is some 2 plus miles. The right hand bank, club own to bend in river before’ Big Pit’ some  400 yards

Access to the banks is via the gate next to  the bridge itself.  This gate is to be kept locked once you have passed through.

The code is issued with your membership which changes each year.

Known Species

  • Brown Trout
  • Dace
  • Eel
  • Roach
  • Salmon
  • Sea Trout