Beat 21: Netherbridge



About Beat 21: Netherbridge

Important notice – Due to high water temperatures (exceeding 18c) and its impact on fish welfare, we’ve made the decision to temporarily close this Beat. We’ll be assessing conditions over the coming weeks and will open this Beat when safe to do so. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this. One of the most popular beats, Netherbridge offers 900m of RHB with good access and a healthy population of brown trout, Grayling and the chance of a Sea trout or Salmon given sufficient water. This is a classic stretch of the middle Tamar, with long runs and large pools. Netherbridge generally experiences a prolonged and plentiful Mayfly hatch, with notable Caddis and Midge hatches too. The brown trout and Grayling respond well to most Dry and Nymph techniques, but methods such as euro-nymphing and streamer fishing provokes the bigger trout. The Salmon and Sea trout fishing is at its best from June onwards, Salmon anglers should consider using a heavy single-handed rod to fish this Beat. Spinning and float fishing is permitted, please read the 'Info & Restriction' section for more details. Anglers will quite often wade this Beat, and it’s recommended that full chest waders and wading staff are used at all times, this is due to the turbidity of the water and the slipperiness of the rocks. We also advise anglers to be vigilant of unstable, undercut banks, this is especially the case after a strong spate. The 2021 season saw plenty of Grayling caught with a considerable quantity of 12” Graying landed this season, some large Brown trout in the 13-15” Range have also been landed with a number of Sea trout caught late on in the season, the best being a 14” fish.

Fish Species

Brown Trout
Sea Trout

Season Dates

Start Date
1st January
End Date
31st December

Information & restrictions

Please follow all government guidelines on Covid-19 and only fish locally. Brown & Sea trout season runs from 15th March to 30th September Salmon season runs from 1st March to 14th October. Grayling season runs from 16th June- 15th March. Fly, spinner, maggot and worm permitted (worm fishing is only allowed between June 16th and August 31st). No spinning for Grayling. All trout under 7” must be returned, no more than 2 trout, 2 sea trout or 1 salmon to be retained per day, please refer to the guidance note below. Please return all grayling. Sorry, no dogs. Recommended Salmon fly tackle – A 9-10ft Single handed fly rod rated between 6-9wt matched with a floating or sink tip line is appropriate for this medium sized river. Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association guidelines recommend at least two thirds of all salmon caught, along with all red or coloured fish are released as well as all salmon over ten pounds caught after the end of August, all sea trout over three pounds should always be released.

Directions & access

To navigate to this Beat via Fish Pass app on your mobile device using maps, scroll to the bottom of this Beat page and click “Tap to explore” on the map, then tap the Navigation Arrow Icon on the map. From Launceston take the A388 to Holsworthy. Take the first right immediately after you cross the Tamar at Netherbridge. Park on the left hand side taking care not to obstruct the gateways. Walk over the old bridge and go through the first gateway on your left. The box is 100m downstream of the entrance gate on the large oak tree.

Beat map

Lat 50.6565357
Long -4.3370146
Recent Catches

These are the very latest catch returns for this beat

3rd July 2022

1 × Brown Trout

4th July 2022

3 × Brown Trout
1 × Grayling

4th July 2022

6 × Brown Trout
2 × Grayling

15th July 2022

2 × Brown Trout
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