As a spate river the Taw responds quickly to rainfall producing rapid rises and falls in river levels.
Throughout its length the fishing is owned by riparian owners, clubs, syndicates and hotels. Some of the fishing is run on a commercial basis which means that rods are available on a season or day basis for local or visiting fishermen.
The Taw’s salmon and sea trout fishing gives the river its reputation, although there is good brown trout fishing, especially on the upper reaches of the system. Like any major salmon and sea trout river in the United Kingdom catches do not compare to the halcyon days of the 1920s and 30s. However, given the right conditions, basically sufficient rainfall, the river continues to fish well through the season. When salmon stop taking it is possible to fish on into the night for sea trout for which the Taw is rightly famous with the complete spectrum from 1lb peal up to double figure fish.
River reports for the Lower Taw, Upper Taw and Mole as well as the three webcams can be accessed on the River Reports page of this website.
For river heights measured at the Environment Agency’s pumping stations go to the EA’s site, www.environment-agency.gov.uk, and on to gauging stations, South West, Devon and Cornwall and then Taw and North Devon streams.
Tide conditions, times and heights can be found at easytide.ukho.gov.uk
For Devon area weather forecasts go to www.metoffice.gov.uk or www.metcheck.com
An important contact number for reporting any serious environmental incident such as pollution, poaching, or fish in distress is the Environmental Agency Incident Hotline 0800 807060