Beat 9: Rothern Bridge
Beat 9: Rothern Bridge – River Torridge
SS 47906 19741 – SS 47683 20270 800m double bank fished from the right hand bank
This beat is located downstream from Great Torrington, below Rothern Bridge and comprises a sequence of decent sized pools and deep glides. For trout a single handed 9’ rod with floating line should be sufficient. For salmon and sea trout fishing a 10’ single handed rod will cover most situations. The beat offers the chance of an early salmon or a sea trout throughout the season and also has some large brown trout.
Directions & Access:
From Great Torrington, take the A386 west to Bideford. Less than 1km out of Great Torrington turn right sign posted Tarka Trail. Continue past the Puffing Billy public house and down the short hill. Park on the left hand side or in the Tarka Trail overflow car park on the right. The beat is accessed by following the track leading to the kennels then via the stile with the ‘beat entrance’ sign. The token box is on the stile at entrance to the beat.
Info & Restrictions:
Fly only, single barbless hooks to be used at all times when fishing catch and release. All trout under 8” must be returned. 1 brown trout of over 8” or 1 sea trout of over 10” may be retained per day. 1 salmon may be retained per day subject to national and local byelaws. Voluntary catch and release of all species strongly encouraged. Sorry, no dogs.
iGhillie Fishing Guide
The iGhillie guides provide some invaluable insider tips to some of the beats available on our Westcountry Angling Passport scheme. In this video we see a demonstration of spey casting on the Torridge at Rothern Bridge.