Access to Fishing Controlled by the Avon Fishing Association
This page gives details on how to access the fishing controlled by the Avon Fishing Association.
Please note that from 2017 the fishing on right bank (looking downstream) from New Bridge to Hatch Bridge is private. AFA fishing on the left bank ends at the tail of Bramble Pool. A ditch on the left bank marks this boundary. Consequently the fishing between the tail of Bramble Pool and Hatch Bridge is not available to AFA ticket holders.
Click on the access images and maps on this page to see a larger version of the various access and parking points.
We have also included some snapshots of the river in each of the sections to give you an idea of how wide the river is at various points, and the extent of the bankside vegetation. These snapshots are not available in a larger size.
The Upper Water controlled by the AFA starts below the old A38 bridge at South Brent and extends as far as the old metal bridge just below Avonwick Station. In the summer this is primarily trout water but salmon and sea trout can be found later in the season depending upon the height of the water.
There are four access points labelled 1-4 on this map and described in more detail below:
The Middle Water at Gara Bridge is separated from the Upper Water by private fishing and can divided into that above the bridge and that below the bridge. Both sections provide brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing but as with the rest of the river the best salmon fishing comes in the autumn.
There are three access points numbered 5-7 on this map and described in more detail below:
Some of the best sea trout and salmon water is to be found in the Lower water. This extends from Silveridge Weir to Venn Weir although the river between Silveridge and Mill Bridge Nursery Pool is mainly brown trout fishing. There are fiveaccess points numbered 8-13 on this map and described in more detail below:
9. “The Flats” lie above the weir upstream of Newmill Bridge. Access is through a gate leading to a field on the true left bank just above the Newmill Bridge. There is limited roadside parking at this location. Take are to ensure that the gate into the field is not blocked. This location also provides downsteam access to the left bank of the river running downstream to New Bridge.
10. After crossing New Bridge, heading towards Kingsbridge, there is a back road to Hatch Bridge. From the Loddiswell to Kingsbridge road take the right turn opposite the Aune Valley Meat shop, (Rake Farm TQ7 4DA).
There is limited parking on this back road. A stile from the roadside onto a public footpath gives access to AFA fishing on the left bank of the river. Important. Please note that from 2017 the fishing on right bank (looking downstream) from New Bridge to Hatch Bridge is private. AFA fishing on the left bank ends at the tail of Bramble Pool. A ditch on the left bank marks this boundary. Consequently the fishing between the tail of Bramble Pool and Hatch Bridge is not available to AFA ticket holders.
Below this, the Association water is broken by private fishing, which includes the pool below Hatch Bridge.
12. The next stretch of Association water is at Knap Mill. This includes pools like Beehive and Derby. It is accessed from a gate near the old garage opposite the road junction. Please make sure that the gate is secured after entering and leaving the field. A hedge runs along the right hand side of the field and marks the end of this section. This section contains good sea trout and salmon water and apart from one pool is best fished from the true left bank. The river is easily fordable.