Beat 54 Madford Meadows



About Beat 54 Madford Meadows

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. Madford Meadows is a 1.4km stretch of the Rivers Culm & Madford, split into two distinct sections. The Lower section is 800m in length and is mostly tree lined with plenty of in-river and riparian habitat. There are access points which can be used to sneak into the waters and wade up or downstream depending on your preference. The fishing here is very close range, with short roll, bow and side casts needed to place a single dry/nymph or duo into the numerous pools, runs and back eddys along the lower section of this Beat. The Upper section is 600m in length (Madford Stream). Being located above the Culm and Bolham confluences, this section is smaller than the lower, but does not lack in favourable trout waters. The access here is much better than downstream, with much of the riparian zone lined with long grasses and bushes with the occasional maturing tree in between. A longer rod will allow anglers to fish from the bank, and a shorter rod will suit anglers choosing to wade. The waters in this section are particularly healthy with an abundance of aquatic and terrestrial life, this gives opportunity for anglers to fish a wide range of dries, emergers and nymphs to feeding trout.

Fish Species

Brown Trout
Sea Trout

Season Dates

Start Date
15th March
End Date
1st October

Information & restrictions

Fly Fishing Only for Brown trout. Catch and release of all species. Recommended tackle – A fly rod between #0-4 and 9’ or under is suitable for this Beat. Sorry, no Dogs.

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 Collumpton take the M5 North Bound. Continue on M5 for 3.4 miles then take at Junction 27, take the A361/A38 exit for Barnstable/Tiverton. Take 3rd exit off the roundabout onto A38. Follow A38 then turn right onto B3391 and continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto Prescott Rd/B3391. Turn left onto Fore St/B3391. Turn right onto Hemyock Rd/B3391. Turn left onto Fore St....(direction to upper & lower sections below) For lower Section- Continue along Fore St for 0.3 miles and Parking for the Lower Beat can be found on the left along the road or by the entrance to the Gate with the Fish Pass sign on (refer to Fish Pass Map). Tackle up, Scan the QQ code then proceed to walk through the field to the River (use Fish Pass maps on Beat Page for Acess guidance) For Upper Section- turn right onto High St and continue for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto road with ‘No Through Road’ Sign, Follow this road for 1.2 miles and park on the left ( Refer to Fish Pass Map). Tackle up, scan the Qr code then proceed to walk down the public footpath to the Beat (use Fish Pass maps on Beat Page for Access guidance)

Beat map

Lat 50.914155
Long -3.221688
Recent Catches

These are the very latest catch returns for this beat

1st August 2021

No catches

2nd August 2021

1 × Brown Trout

31st August 2021

No catches

6th June 2022

4 × Brown Trout
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