Sensors that provide live water temperature data will help with Wye and Usk fishery management.Wednesday 22nd May, 2019

One of the downsides of last year's glorious summer was a prolonged drought that affected the Wye and Usk through July and early August. This situation could have been even worse without the compensation water released from reservoirs in both catchments.

Some fisheries took the decision to cease fishing during this time, while many anglers chose to refrain from casting a line. However, many other owners and anglers felt that they didn't have enough factual information readily at hand to make informed decisions.

Last week, the Foundation installed a temperature sensor in the upper Wye with a live data feed to our Llanstephan webcam. This is the first of four sensors to be installed in the Wye catchment over the coming weeks (we will replicate this for the Usk once funding has been secured).

We hope that they will be a useful aid in fishery management decisions as well as just providing interesting information! Our thanks to our partners the Environment Agency for their support in this project.

This years run of shad is well under way in both rivers. Pictured is a Twaite shad (Alosa fallax).May fish

This year's shad run is well underway with reports of large numbers of this fish in both rivers. Please remember that it is illegal for anglers to target them deliberately, although catching shad when salmon or trout fishing is often unavoidable. They are quite a delicate fish that doesn't respond well to excessive handling. If you do find yourself connected to one, please don't overplay them, resist any temptation to lift them out of the water and release them as soon as you can.

Sea lampreys have also been spotted spawning off Boughrood Bridge on the upper Wye. Anyone unfamiliar with this species can watch a video of them here. These prehistoric creatures can give quite a start if one swims by when you are wading in waist deep water!

Help raise funds with the Powys Lotto!

A new weekly on-line lottery has been launched to support local causes. The Powys Lotto has been set up by Powys County Council, with 60p from every £1 benefitting good causes in the county. The Foundation is one of the local charities that you can choose to support, and the top prize is £25,000. More information can be found here.

Angling Skills Open Day on the Usk

Gwent Angling Society will be holding their Open Day at Ty Mawr on the river Usk on Saturday 8th June 2019. The day includes casting demonstrations by instructors with both single and double rods, opportunities to fish with them, entomology and fly tying experts.

All are welcome to come along. For more details on this event, including ticket price, please see Gwent Angling Society's website.

Trout fishing

Finally, while salmon fishing has been disappointing, river trout fishing has been excellent in the past few weeks with fish rising to a variety of flies.

Late May and early June is usually the peak of the season before tougher conditions of summer arrive. The Usk is where people usually head to but there are opportunities to catch good quality wild browns on the upper Wye and Taff too. Take your chance if you can!

All the best from the Wye & Usk Foundation.