Note From:- T.J. from the UK
Fishing the Wye Valley
Having fished various waters in Wales for a number of years, I was introduced early in 2007 to the River Wye by my good friend, Fred. Within a few hours I became intoxicated not only by the river, but by the magnificent scenery and abundance of wildlife from butterflies, Kingfishers, Buzzards and the Red Kite, to rabbits and deer. It is all there for you to see.
The area that Fred and I have explored and fished is from Hay-on-Wye upstream to Rhayader. Miles of river that changes its mood around every bend and along its straights, from fast water tumbling over huge slabs of bedrock to long glides over gravel. Pool after pool holding Salmon, Brown Trout and Grayling. To me, a flyfisher, it is a tremendous experience to which I intend to return at every opportunity.
Recently, much more of the river has opened its doors to the coarse angler. Barbel into double figures, huge Chub and shoals of Dace and Rudd are there to be caught. I was lucky in taking a 6lb Chub on a # 12 Pheasent Tail nymph whilst fishing for trout. Most of this area is open to day ticket anglers thanks to organised associations like the Wye and Usk Foundation. A more helpful group of people I have yet to meet. Call into their office in Builth Wells – they will put you right.
A visit to the Elan Valley, the headwaters of the Wye, is a must. A wonderful place and so are the Trout in the many feeder streams. Fish to a 1 1/2lb are not uncommon. A great day out for £3 to £5 to the elderly angler. Tickets are available from the confectionery shop in the Main street in Rhayader.
If you should have the chance to fish the Wye do so, it is worth the journey. There are many pubs and eating houses along the Wye’s route, great places to relax and talk after an enjoyable days fishing and a chance to meet the local Welsh people.