Exe – Exwick to Cowley

Exwick was at one time the Association’s premier match venue with 30lb match weights a regular occurrence. However, after flood prevention works in the 70’s a rapid decline in the fishing ensued, as a consequence there has been little angling pressure since, though good catches are again being reported, this is due in part to the Association’s re-stocking programme. Whilst the big match weights have not returned to the same levels as pre-flood prevention works, there is though good specimen chub, roach and dace to be caught. There have also been the occasional large carp being caught. In the winter months there is a steady, easily fished flow, whilst during the summer the flow is significantly reduced thereby offering easy trotting tactics with maggot; many anglers preferring to lightly groundbait and regular loose feed being introduced so as to hold the fish in their swim. There have been reports of anglers scoring well by fishing the small back eddies under the bank side after heavy rain and the resulting increased flow and coloured water.

Note: There has been reports of the occasional barbel being caught from this stretch.

Directions: From the city centre take the Crediton road (A377). As you leave the city centre you will come to a clock tower in the middle of the road (bottom of Queen Street), continue on for 100 yards you will see a bronze statue of a horse and rider (General Buller), turn left here and head for St David’s Station. At the bottom of the long hill there are two mini roundabouts, continue across both, after 20 yards turn left and go across two railway crossings towards Exwick Village, immediately after the second crossing you will go over the River Exe bridge.


As per the Association handbook


The Association fishing rights extend on the left hand bank looking upstream of Station Road, until you reach the wear access gate. It then changes to the right hand bank, past the old mill ( on opp. Bank ), up to where the fence meets the river, this being our top boundary. Whilst downstream of Station Road, our fishing rights continues on the right hand bank looking downstream, as far as the railway bridge.