Charles Jarrard with catch August 2021

Half Moon Fishing Report: August 2021

After the incessant rain in May with the river continuously in spate and unfishable the weather has been changeable and apart from a few small rises the river for the most part has been in good condition.

Due to the Covid restrictions the number of visiting anglers has been limited. Towards the end of June there were some good hatches of Mayfly with several trout over 1lb being caught on a dry fly.

The anglers fishing after dark have caught some large sea trout. Gus Jarrard, fishing with his father caught his first sea trout: a fish of 7lb on the Riversmeet beat and shortly afterwards his father landed a 4lb fish. The school peal are now present in all the beats.

Jon Dickman landed a 15lb salmon at Madeira and Peter Inman caught his first salmon at Beam: a 7lb fish from Yew Tree. Several grilse have been caught: maybe these are the fruits of the hatchery run by The Torridge Fishery Association.

With the first of the autumn rains, September can often provide the best fishing of the season.