Anglers' Feedback & Reports
S. W. from London, Thursday 3 April, 2014
Beat: Glanusk Tymawr (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 1
If it had been a game of rugby, it would have been stopped at half time. A show of ineptitude on my behalf equal to the recent English cricket team's performances. Maybe the Usk had got into my head: pocket water, bedrock dominated... As it was, conditions were promising. A steady intermittent hatch throughout the day of LDOs, fish showing in the runs, river eminently wadeable with clear low water. The rain held off and very little wind. However, I always seemed to be in the wrong place with the wrong rig. Heavy nymphs when the action was on the surface and vice versa, compounded by innumerable tangles and trees caught. This is a complex beat with lots of different types of water which will take time to learn but it promises a lot. Access would be improved with some judicious pruning of the scrub and brambles but once on the river bank it was much easier afoot than feared. A rematch awaits... The few hospitable fish that greeted my hook were safely returned.
G. W. from London , Thursday 3 April, 2014
Beat: Trostre (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 2
Heavy rain was forecast so we were happy with the actual weather (mild drizzle at worst). Access however was a problem as even the first field was too muddy to be safely crossed in our (non 4x4) vehicle. So we started late and arrived in the midst of a large grannom hatch with trout rising pretty much throughout the whole length. Caught and returned 4, missed two more and would have caught more had we stayed longer or started earlier. Needed wading staff as water generally quite deep. Will be a popular beat as no shortage of trout!
J. G. from Oxford, Thursday 3 April, 2014
Area: Middle & Lower Wye
Beat: Holme Lacy 3 and Lechmere's Ley (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Salmon, No. Anglers: 2
Spinning, river fairly high and coloured. Two small Brown Trout on pink Flying C, both in lovely condition and safely returned. Colin the Ghillie most helpful as always!
N. B. from Ledbury, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Beat: Lower Longtown (Wild Stream), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 1
It started raining heavily as I arrived but I gave it a go. The water soon became coloured and I have to record a blank. Better luck next time.
N. S. from Worcester, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Beat: Chanstone Court (Wild Stream), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 1
Really NOT IMPRESSED with this beat.
Went to the beat under my Wild Stream Season permit BUT after walking down to the beat start I was left dismayed at the appalling access!!! I could not get to the water ANYWHERE on the lower half of the beat.
Frustratingly the access on the LEFT bank is VERY GOOD all along the stretch, might I suggest that the foundation negotiate anglers an access on the left bank?
Very disappointed and frustrated. Would have been even more perturbed had I booked and paid for this through the Booking Office.
WUF note - The Wild Streams beats vary considerably from beat to beat. Chanstone Court is a very wild beat but the rewards can be excellent. Anglers are advised to use our Anglers feedback section to research beats before fishing them.
S. W. from London, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Beat: Ashford House (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 1
An inauspicious start as the rain started once over the Severn bridge. Still it was warmer than last May's visit and much less windy. The rain stopped around noon. This is a lovely beat; the water was crystal clear and quite low. Very little fly life seen, mainly LDOs but did I see a couple of March browns? To the fishing, all caught on GRHE upstream bar one on a spider. All released, all a good size and all gave a good fight with plenty of jumping. Best just over a pound - still quite skinny for their length. The streamy water at the top of the beat was the most productive.
P. R. from Coventry, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Area: Middle & Lower Wye
Beat: Upper Bigsweir (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Salmon, No. Anglers: 1
Nice beat to fish but a substantial rise in water resulted in zero success again.
S. K. from Cowbridge, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Beat: Fenni Fach (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 2
River conditions good. Access from bank and wading found to be challenging. Two fish were hooked but shed the hook withing seconds both times. Only sporadic rises to a small hatch.
A. J. from Cirencester, Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Area: Middle & Lower Wye
Beat: Backney (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Salmon, No. Anglers: 2
Lovely stretch of water with some good looking lies, the Monument Pool being our favourite. Sadly the river had risen over night making fishing difficult although we did lose a fish in the 3rd crib, only on for a few seconds, whether it was a salmon or a pike whose to knows? Would love to fish the fly on the Monument Pool on a lower river.
A. K. from Leominster , Tuesday 1 April, 2014
Beat: Fenni Fach (Booking Office), Fishing Type: Trout, No. Anglers: 1
River up a couple of inches with overnight rain but clear. Warm spring sunshine late morning and 2 trout of 12 and 13inches. Larger on an elk hair emerger, small on hairs ear nymph. Lovely setting up through the wooded section. Larger trout taken. Wading has bee commented on in previous entries and certainly needs care