Halfmoon Fishing Report: 17th July–20th August

The weather has been unsettled of the whole of this period and river flows have remained at a reasonable level enabling salmon and sea trout to continue their migration upstream. The salmon anglers have benefited with 17 salmon caught mostly on river beats. Several large cock fish in the 12/15lb range have been landed but as yet the grilse have been notable by their absence. Most of the sea trout have been caught in the daytime as river levels have been too high for night fishing. Similarly there has been little opportunity for the brown trout anglers.

On 30th July there was a violent storm on Dartmoor with torrential rain of almost biblical proportions. Four inches of rain fell in a couple of hours. The Okement came down in a raging torrent: and a small area of the town of Okehampton was flooded. The effect of the Junction Pool where the Okement joins the Torridge has been dramatic. The Pool has completely filled with sediment and gravel. No doubt after the winter spates it will return to normal.