Partners IN Fish The EXE
Please click on a partner for more information:

The River Exe and Tributaries Association (RETA) is the organisation that represents the interests of fisheries and fishermen on the River Exe. Without RETA, there would be no-one to stand up for our river.

Anyone wishing to join RETA should contact our membership secretary,
Iain Stewart Hunter or fill out the membership application form here.

For more details on RETA, contact the Secretary, Mark Thomasin-Foster:

RETA’s main activities:

Working for conservation of the Exe fisheries

RETA plays a leading role in protecting and restoring the indigenous fisheries of the River Exe. In particular, we work hard to restore our salmon fishery to its former glory. Key recent successes include:

  • RETA has set up the River Exe Project, in partnership with the Westcountry Rivers Trust. The River Exe Project seeks to restore the habitat of the Exe on which our fishery depends. The Project has already raised and invested over £500,000 on restoration activity on the river.
  • RETA, in partnership with the Environment Agency, South West Water and the Exe Foundation, with match funding from the Migratory Salmon Fund, negotiated a buy-out of 8 of the 11 remaining nets on the Exe estuary during 2011, ensuring more salmon were able to return to the river.

Promoting the interests of the Exe fishery

RETA leads negotiations with a range of bodies to protect and promote the interests of the fishermen on the river. RETA also supports the South West Rivers Association in its work to promote and protect fisheries interests in the region and nationally. Important recent successes include:

  • RETA has successfully negotiated a two-week season extension with the Environment Agency for the past 9 years, to reflect the later runs of salmon that we have been experiencing.
  • RETA has established the Fish the Exe scheme in partnership with local angling associations to improve access of to the river of local and visiting anglers. This web-site is one of the results ...
  • RETA has negotiated a new voluntary code of practice [see Rules and Regulations] for anglers on the river. This voluntary code will play a vital role in securing the future of our salmon fishery.
  • RETA has been instrumental in negotiations with canoeists to reach a Voluntary Agreement about when and where to paddle in the Exe. Details can be seen at the BCU website.

For more information on RETA visit their new website here.

DAA Dulverton Anglers Association

Dulverton Angling Association. Hon. President: Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Introduction Dulverton Angling Association (DAA) is a locally based organisation developed over the last 10 years and is committed to providing access to local waters for the community. It currently has a membership of over 200 members from both locals and visitors. The DAA provides fly-fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and salmon.

Membership is by written application to the Association.
The 2007 rates are: Adults over 16 £30.00
Juniors 16 or under £ 1.00
Membership is open to all. Membership application forms can be obtained from Pat Veale at Lance Nicholson in Dulverton. This payment entitles the member access to the DAA waters subject to booking arrangements which are detailed below. The Salmon beats are booked through the “Fish the Exe" scheme.

Beats and Bookings
The DAA has fishing rights over 4 beats covering about 5 miles. These beats are on the Little Exe and the Hadeo. Both these rivers carry only wild fish. Access to these waters is 7 days a week during the season. The salmon beats are on the main Exe/Barle .Details can be obtained from Lance Nicholson or from the “Fish the Exe “ website. All beats are subject to booking and in the case of DAA waters cannot be prebooked more than 2 weeks in advance. All booking/beat maps/membership application forms are available from Lance Nicholson.

Contact details are through Pat Veale at:
Tel: 01398 323409
Fax: 01398 323474

Lance Nicholson: 9 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HB

Fishing Guidlines
All members will require the appropriate Environment Agency fishing license and will be issued with a membership card. These should be available at all times as the may be subject to check. A catch and release policy is generally applied. Rules applying to Salmon fishing should be checked on booking. Members are expected to observe the country code.

The DAA seeks to improve the conditions for its members. It works closely with the relevant agencies/owners to improve the rivers in its area. We organise our own working parties and have recently completed a detailed environmental survey for the South West Rivers Trust. This survey is part of the Exe River Project, which seeks to improve the condition of the Exe catchment on its journey from Exmoor to the Exe. All members are encouraged to assist in these activities.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and enhancing the environment of England and Wales. We tackle flood and pollution incidents, reduce industry’s impact on the environment, clean up rivers, coastal waters, and contaminated land and improve wildlife habitats.
Environmental Agency

In the South West, fisheries plays a very important role. Fish are one of the best indicators of the state of rivers and lakes. Healthy and abundant freshwater fish stocks will demonstrate our success.

Our work includes:
  • Issuing licences and making byelaws
  • Enforcing fishery laws to prevent damage to fish and stocks
  • Regular fisheries surveys
  • Rescuing fish when pollution incidents occur
  • Carrying out habitat improvements
  • Building  and maintaining fish passes
  • Monitoring fish stocks
  • Carrying out fisheries research
  • Stocking fish to restore and improve fisheries

More information about our work involving fisheries can be found at:

Get Hooked! – South West angling guide
Go straight to the Get Hooked web site at
Alternatively, you can order a paper copy of the guide by phoning us on 08708 506506.

Rod Licences
You can buy Full, Junior, 8-day and 1-day rod licences by following the link above, from any Post Office in England and Wales, or on our telephone sales line: 0870 1662662. From March to October the telephone line is open 8 am - 8pm every day, and sells all licence types.

Reporting an Incident
If you see any pollution or illegal fishing activities please call the Environment Agency’s free 24-hour line 0800 807060. If you tell us immediately of illegal fishing occurring in rivers, lakes, estuaries or sea, we can prevent damage to fish stocks.

Did you know? American crayfish in UK streams and rivers are threatening our indigenous crayfish and a new byelaw for trapping crayfish in England and Wales came into force on the 1 June 2005. Click here to find out more.

TFF Tiverton Fly Fishing

Tiverton Fly Fishing Association is a Trout and Grayling Fly club for residents of the EX16 postcode area. The fishing on offer is excellent, offering all the best of the River Exe. Anglers of all ages and abilities are welcome with something for everyone. We strongly encourage catch and release and the use of barbless hooks. We have three beats totaling approximately 4 miles of mainly single bank: The upper beat above Bolham, the Town beat from the Castle to Head weir and the lower beat above Bickleigh. Our current membership is about 75 and we are always glad to welcome new members. To join please call into Exe Valley Angling, Westexe, Tiverton and pick up a membership application. Prices are £20 for Adults and £5 for OAPs and Juniors.

Exe Valley Angling 01884 242275.
Club Secretary: Adrian Howell 01344 424600
Friends of Fish The EXE
Please select a category:

  1. Organisations

  2. Tackle and Instruction

  3. Accommodation
Signup to our Newsletter
Please enter your email address:
Download a map of the Exe
Created by: dtwo Creative Ltd