There have been reports of fish sighted passing over Beam Weir, so there is confidence that salmon are there to be caught.
Christopher Morris (49lb 4oz) won ahead of joint runners-up Kevin Shears and Nathan Underwood (38lb 14oz) and fourth-placed Wayne Mitchell (25lb).
Carp anglers continue to make good catches from North Devon lakes, with Stafford Moor one of the most consistent.
Danny Passmore fished Lodge Lake to land nine carp using Sticky Baits krill boilies, while Adrian Carnell landed a 22lb 10oz mirror using Mainline Cell boilies.
Close to 40 anglers gathered in the Rising Sun, Umberleigh, to celebrate the start of the new salmon season on March 1.
Several had cast a line but no salmon were tempted, although some good-sized brown trout seized offerings.
The river was in perfect trim as dawn broke but by noon heavy rain had started to colour the water.
Optimism for the coming season was abundant in the warmth of the bar.
The heavy rain of the season's first day put paid to virtually all fishing on both Taw and Torridge for the first week of the season.
IN the Match Fishing Scene Silvers Festival at Stafford Moor, organised by Herbie Hornbie, 36 anglers fished throughout the week-long event.
Some excellent nets of silver fish were taken and Martin Wedley won with a 26lb net taken from Willow Pool on maggot and pellet tactics.
Kevin Shears won North Devon Match Group's Winter League match at Slade Reservoir with 24lb 5oz. John Lovell (18lb 3oz) and Martin Turner (16lb 5oz) were third and fourth respectively.