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Hotel Fly Fishing

The Fox & Hounds offers fly fishing on the River Taw and River Torridge for wild brown trout, salmon and sea trout between March and September. These lightly fished beats are maintained in their natural state offering anglers the opportunity for an increasingly rare experience fishing natural Devon waters. We can help arrange guides for those who want to get the most from their angling experience.

Opening Times

The hotel doors and public areas of the hotel are open from 07:00 to 23:00.

If door access is required between 23:00 and 07:00, please request a front door key from reception.


The hotel has access to nearly 4 miles of fishing on the River Taw and a further two miles on the nearby River Torridge. The four beats on the Taw are all within a few minutes of the hotel, including our own Home Beat that runs along the bottom of the property. These lightly fished beats afford anglers the opportunity to fish for wild brown trout, as well as the chance for sea trout and salmon. Fishing season is from March to the end of September and day tickets can be purchased from reception, or pre-purchased with your reservation.

All fish on the Taw are wild and the beats are left in their natural state, except for some minimal grooming and some ladders for access. While this makes access challenging in some places, it ensures an authentic wild fishing experience and ensures fish are undisturbed.


Home Beat

Running along the bottom of the hotel property, Home Beat is the easiest to access beat and offers a good variety of water types from slow deep pools to faster running shallows.

Home Beat is a great place to start your fishing adventure, especially if this is your first time fishing small Devon rivers.


Church Beat

Adjacent to Home Beat, starting just above the bridge at Eggesford station, the lower section of Church Beat features deep slow moving water caused by the weir under the bridge – ideal for salmon and sea trout. There are several faster moving runs near the top of the beat near the church. 

Much of Church Beat is high bank so access is by ladder or scrambling, then wading. The more difficult access means that it is less fished than other beats and the potential to yield some great fishing.

Thank you

Thank you for your enquiry.

A member of the Fox & Hounds team will get in touch with you shortly and will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any question you may have. 

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Thank you for applying to join Friends of the Fox & Hounds. A member of the team will review your application and once complete, will issue you with a membership number that you can use to take advantage of special member-only offers.  In the meantime, detailed information about the program, including Terms & Conditions can be found here.