In February Mr Orchard and Mr McIntosh became the new owners of The Half Moon Inn and they are very keen to re-establish the hotel as one of the major sporting centres in the West Country. Charles and Adam will still be running the fishery and looking after the anglers every day. Beats are available on seven miles of the Torridge, including the famous Beam Fishery on the Lower Torridge. A major overhaul of all the beats is currently being undertaken, improving access with ladders, footbridges and stiles being repaired or renewed as necessary. The tackle shop is well stocked with flies, lines, casts etc.
After a dry winter March came in like a lion and the river was in spate for a fortnight. On the first day it was fishable (14th March) Andy Nixon caught an 8lb sea-liced salmon below Beam Weir. Another spell of wet weather followed and the river only came back into order for the last few days of the month. On 28th March John Hellyer landed salmon no 2: a fresh fish of 10lbs, again from the Beam Fishery.
Not to be outdone Martin Trinder caught two very well-conditioned brown trout on the first day of the trout season: 15th March. Both fish came from Beat 8 at Sheepwash in the runs below Tom Rockhays Bridge.
As the weather warms and settles the prospects must be very encouraging for the next few weeks.