Beat 5: Castle Hill


About Beat 5: Castle Hill

Temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Castle Hill on the River Bray derives its headwaters from the slopes of Exmoor; as such the water quality is good and benefits from fast flows. The beat comprises a number of pools and glides interspersed by riffled sections. Again, Castle hill has produced some of the larger trout, with brown trout over 1lb landed in the 2019 season. Furthermore, the 2km of double bank provides anglers with peaceful, solitary fishing.

Fish Species

Brown Trout
Sea Trout

Season Dates

Start Date
15th March
End Date
30th September

Information & 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.

Directions & access

From South Molton, take the B3226 north out of town then, after approximately 2km take the left turn signed Filleigh, Swimbridge. Continue on this road for 2.5km to Stags Head and then turn right signed East Buckland, West Buckland. The car park is 50m on the left. The beat is accessed by walking back to the main road, crossing over it and entering through the field gate located east of Filleigh Bridge. Both car park and gate have signs. Once on the beat walk downstream on the left hand bank crossing the river via the footbridges provide. Please do not use any foot bridge signed ‘no access’. The token box is on the fence at the gateway at the end of the first field down from the road bridge.

Beat map

Lat 51.0352564
Long -3.8922702
Recent Catches

These are the very latest catch returns for this beat

21st August 2019

14 × Brown Trout

24th August 2019

4 × Brown Trout

3rd September 2019

No catches

13th September 2019

4 × Brown Trout
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