JLB. Triple bypass operation at QE in Birmingham
JLB. A gentle heart attack.
JLB Having not exactly covered myself in glory in the Grayling Masters I thought it was time to restore confidence in my nymphing technique. Nice height of water, good colour, overcast and very mild - success guaranteed ! After a few hours the bag was 1 good trout lost, 3 nine inch grayling and several tiny grayling the size of anchovies. Drastic measures were needed so a big fly size 10 Milan Black on the middle dropper and a size 18 GRHE goldhead on the top dropper. Now we should get some guide to the size they wanted. First cast a three quarter pounder on the middle dropper. Crack it ! They want a big fly. Now I will empty the river. Next cast - bang - here we go, the river will soon be emptied. A nice grayling about a pound - they are getting bigger - but it has taken the top dropper size 18. So much for the scientific approach. I'll try again tomorrow.
The Grayling Masters 2016 showed the waters potential as 18 competitors caught 180 sizable grayling plus many trout, salmon parr and small grayling, plus many tales of the ones that got away! Click here to see the full report.
Salmon catch 2016.
Total for the season was 19 fish of which 17 were cock fish and 2 Hens. Heaviest fish was 14 lbs caught by Jeff Jones on 3 July 2016 on the Fly Run. I will send out a full breakdown with the annual Newsletter to members in December and put it on the site somewhere.
Dan Graham is not only organising the Grayling Masters but is getting in some practice at playing big grayling. He couldn't find a grayling big enough to really test him so he hooked a 10lb salmon instead just above the Larder Pool. That certainly tested the 3 weight rod.
We will have to consult Bert and Brian to discover whether it counts towards the Salmon Catch for the season.
Salmon catch now 14 with our first this season from the Aber Pool by Mark Robinson on his special tying of of a Red and Yellow Shrimp fly. We need some water get the fish into the Irfon for the last few days of the season.
Extraordinary catch. Griff Jones caught a small barbel (approx 8oz) in the Black Pool on the Irfon on a fly. Barbel have been seen in the Black Pool occasionally - Duncan and Mike saw some in the tail of the pool some years ago and a diver reported several in the 3-4lb bracket in the depths of the pool - but no-one has caught one there before. Anglers do fly fish for barbel with nymphs in areas where they are plentiful so it is not unknown but most by far are caught on bait. A small barbel means that barbel must have spawned within a few miles of where it was caught - and we have no recording of that event.
So to sum up Griff has caught a small barbel where none have been recorded breeding, in a pool where none have been caught before using a method which is less likely to catch one.
Congratulations Griff that is the most extraordinary catch you will ever make.
The Salmon catch has risen to 4 and the Grayling are moving well to a dry fly.
Our Salmon catch list has been started by Jeff Jones from Llanafon near Aberystwyth who joined the Club quite recently. He had 2 fish at the weekend on the Fly Run (on fly of course). On Saturday (2nd) he had a 12 pounder and Sunday a 14 pounder - both nice clean silver cock fish. Congratulations to Jeff and may they be the first of many.
Mick Wilkes reports :- On Saturday I choose the lower end of our club water on the Wye and found the trout (and grayling) only too willing to take my offerings. The wind was favourable with an unusual upstream breeze and in the short 3 hour afternoon session I had there I managed to land in excess of 20 fish.
Very little rising and not many flies coming off but it was an equal mix of fish on both dry and nymph (fishing the duo method).
JLB. Wye in the afternoon. 8 grayling and one sardine. Three were over the pound mark with the best 1-05-00 pictured left. River still a bit high. All on Czech nymph.
JLB. Trying to make up for all those days when it was too high. Started at the run in to the Aber Pool but it was really too high but too stubborn not to try. Worked my way down to the Aber Pool and hooked and lost one fish. Thought turning to that tin of maggots in the fridge so had lunch. Started at the top end of the gravel bar which runs diagonally up from the middle of the bridge for about 150 yards to the right bank (as you look upstream from the bridge). Caught two grayling, one about a pound the other a bit smaller then fished the other 140 yards without a touch. Then up to the Larder stretch on the Irfon Soon caught a trout which leapt all over the place and weighed in at 1 1/2 lb. It had that "lean and hungry look" as you would expect at this time of the year and will fill out to 2 lbs by June. Further down I had another grayling about a pound. Tried the Larder but it was a bit too high for the Czech nymph so went home.
JLB. Started at the Church Pool casting over the eddy (sort of long range Czech nymph). Had 8 grayling and 7 trout. Then walked up to the bridge and back down to the car (by the Burger factory) and by that time the circulation had almost returned to my toes. Lunch and then down to the Fly-Run and the Power House Pool and caught just one small grayling - how are the mighty fallen!
JLB. Rivers settling at last. Started on the Irfon at about 11 o'clock with Czech nymph. Soon into a nice grayling which seemed to take forever to bring to the net. Weighed spot on 1-08-00 but would not stay still to have its photo taken - got a couple in the end! When you start like that you think now I will empty the river! An hour later without another touch I had my lunch and went down to the Fly Run. That backwater right at the top of the Fly Run always looks as though it should be full of fish but I have never caught more than the odd fish there Today there were some there. I had about half a dozen grayling round about 12 oz and about 8 sardines. I caught a few more down the run and a trout about 3/4 lb.
JLB. What a difference a day makes! On Saturday (16th) Nigel James caught 13 grayling Czech nymphing on the Wye and the Irfon yet when I met him on Sunday afternoon he could only claim one definite pull all day using the same method and similar flies. This wasn't a case of beginners luck on Saturday because Nigel is one of several very accomplished invaders from South Wales who are members of the Club and the river was an inch lower on Sunday. So what was the difference between the two days? On Sunday we could not see the snow covered hills of Saturday which was a strong clue. The mist was the result of warm air (relatively speaking as it was only 3 degrees Centigrade) over the snow. The melting snow getting into the river was sufficient to kill the sport. When I returned home I looked at the EA site of all the rivers www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120764.aspx and the graphs showed that the rivers had stopped falling overnight and most of them had risen a little about dawn which confirmed the problem but didn't stop the frustration.
A little bird told me that Ian Campbell had been observed at the Aber Pool yesterday so I asked for a report. This is your Chairman speaking :-
"Hi Lance,I had nothing in the Aber Pool which really surprised me given the conditions. But i then moved to fish the pool behind the doctor's surgery,which is a bit tight when the river's this high,but I had 2 chub weighing 3 to 4lbs each. I used 1oz lead,size 2 barbless hook and a big chunk of bacon grill marinated in five spice powder,yummy!"
(I have it on good authority that he is not allowed to marinate the Christmas turkey) Thank you for that report Ian. Merry Christmas.
JLB. Fished on the 26th and 27th on the river but never really found the fish. Perhaps it was a bit on the high side. Several grayling were over the pound mark and with the high water gave me a great battle and fortunately only one trout took the top dropper to demonstrate its ability to twirl 30 inches of nylon and 3 flies into a handful of wreckage. I note from the EA river levels site that the Elan Dams are overflowing so the main river will drop more slowly than of late. Back to the lake.
JLB. The rain did get into the river so It's back to the lake!
JLB. Czech nymphing on the Irfon by the chalets on the Larder stretch. Wonderful - no gunge on the bed of the river - no leaves - clear water - perfect. 5 grayling over a pound and 6 sardines. How a 5 inch grayling manages to get a big jig hook in its mouth is astonishing. The latest fashion for a CDC hackle on heavy nymphs seems to work well. (I know you have been doing it for years but I'm behind the times and old so bear with me.) I hope the rain forecast for the night doesn't get into the river.
JLB. The rain didn't arrive to give the Salmon season one last flourish on the Irfon - although one was caught in the Larder Pool - so the total for the year was eleven fish. Everyone involved in the Grayling competition of Sunday (1 Nov.) is praying that it won't rain between now and then.
JLB. The Salmon season on the Wye has ended for another year with anglers frustrated at the lack of rain. It started with a bang with Mick Wilkes's silver beauty at the beginning of April (see below) but the final total of ten fish was quite an achievement given the poor conditions throughout the rest of the season. The season of course continues on the Irfon until the 25th of this month (you can fish on the 25th but not the 26th) so there is still a chance.
JLB. Last day of the trout season looming. Very few rises but eventually found that a half sunk Coch y Bondhu Bumble (what else) with a well Ginked Blue Bumble as a sighter, either dead drifted or skated across the top would catch a few. Started at the run-in to the Aber Pool and had a dozen grayling to about a pound after spending ages trying to work out how to catch them. Then to the Groe Stream but the light was very bad with the sun coming through the trees on the opposite bank so down to the flat above the bridge where I had another nine grayling. I thought I had my monster to photograph for the website but it proved to be two grayling at the same time (see photo), one about 14 ounces and the other about eight ounces. Then I did hook my monster which leaped out twice before shedding the hook - about three pounds of lovely Brown Trout. Not the biggest I have had from the Wye but certainly the biggest I have hooked this year.
October sees the start of the maggot season which should reveal where all the big grayling are hanging out. Please remember that the EA bylaws prohibit the use of worms during October.
JLB Low water and little wind so out with the 3 weight and the 8X. Tried above the bridge and had a few small grayling and salmon parr (nice to see them, but not the 8 Goosanders) and a stocked trout. Tried about a dozen different flies down to size 20 but there weren't many rises to go at. Ended up with a size 16 Coch y Bondhu Bumble. After lunch down to the Fly-Run where the fish were looking at some small cream sedges (I think that is what they were taking but I never managed to see anything taken). After another 20 changes of fly and a new length of tippet I ended up with a pale ginger hen hackle bumble size 16 fished half sunk in the surface film. I had about 25 grayling but nothing over a pound - still it was very interesting and on light tackle the small fish put up a good account of themselves.
The Force has abandoned me! Fished down the Fly Run for three hours with a Czech nymph for 1 salmon parr, a 7 inch grayling that got off and a good grayling which left me with 3 scales on the hook. Lunch and then to the Church Pool - 1 eight inch grayling when retrieving a dry fly and a 12 inch grayling on a wet fly. Then to the fly-only stretch below the bridge. The wind had reached gale force so a heavy Chech nymph seemed the only option. Success - a brownie of 1 1/4lb (see pic). Another hour of battling the wind with 3 salmon parr and 2 small grayling and gave up at 4.00 pm
JLB. The smaller grayling are going well. Fished the run-in to the pool which runs down to the Aber Pool. No rises so Czech nymph was the order of the morning. 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. 22 grayling up to about 1-04-00. Most took the top dropper which was a Coch y Bondhu Bumble tied with a hen hackle on an FTB Size 16 barbless.
JLB Scorching temperatures and blazing sun is good chub bashing weather! Started about 10 am at the head of the run below the Aber Pool. Float fished bread accounted for 5 chub for 16-04-00. Then a lunch break and started again on the Irfon just upstream of where it joins the Wye. Freelined bread tempted 13 chub for 37-00-00 when I packed up at 4 pm. A total of 18 chub for 53-04-00 is a good chub bash in anyone's book. What wonderful fishing we have here !
27 June ANOTHER SALMON
Congratulations to Joe Williams, our one and only Junior Salmon member, for capturing an 8lb salmon from the Aber Pool (Radnor bank) on a red Flying C. A remarkable achievement considering the persistent low water conditions - well done!
JLB. Started a bit late in the day, about 11 am, and finished about 6 pm which was completely the wrong way round!. Fished most of the day with a Ginger Bumble (dry) size 14 then fished the last hour with a Czech nymph. 11 grayling and 2 trout nearly all small - best trout a thinish 13 oz and best grayling 14 oz pictured left. Anyone who want's to have a go at tying flies which will catch fish should tie a Bumble - the simplest, easiest and most effective fly you can make. I have caught hundreds and hundreds of grayling on Bumbles.
20 lb Salmon
Mick Wilkes had a lovely fresh run springer from the run-in to the Stone Pool on a Toby spoon. It measured 38.25 inches long and was very solid and deep. Comparing the various conversion tables produces an estimated weight of 20 to 22 lbs.
Salmon catch 2014
Some water in May brought some fish up but then it stayed dry until the middle of October. 13 in total were caught and released - 7 before the 9th of June and 6 after the 10th October.
After the 26th October there was plenty of water and lots of fish. The breakdown of catches prepared by Duncan showed that the catches were evenly spread between the anglers with L Williams, M Williams, B Metcalf and J Galvin having 2 each and T Rigby, D Jones-Morgan, J Newton, P Huntington and M Wilkes catching 1 each
Llyn Alarch Update
Club scretary Lance, fished Llyn Alarch during some of the warmer weather before Christmas.
17th December - 10 Carp, 3 Roach, 1 Rudd, 1 Tench and 1 Trout.
20th December - 7 Carp, 3 Tench and 1 Roach.
All caught on legered sweetcorn
Grayling Masters sponsored by B R Flies
Winner - Lee Tatton
Second - Hugh Weir
Third - Gareth Evans
Congratulations to all and a full report can be seen on the Grayling masters page
Unfortunately, due to torrential rain and subsequent flooding, the Grayling Masters had to be cancelled.
This has now been re-scheduled for Sunday 7 December 2014.
With Trout season nearly over, send us pictures of your catches to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature them on our site
Llyn Alarch is continuing to produce good fish with many mixed bags. Good size specimens are making an appearance
Llyngwyn Carp have settled well in Llyn Alarch
The wild Carp the club caught at Llyngwyn (and following an EA health check) were re-located in Llyn Alarch have settled well and are featuring in mixed bags of fish.
Fish up to 8lb are being landed along with Roach, Tench, Common Carp, Mirrors, Crucian and Bream. All methods are reportedly working well.
Anything to report?
Fishing is still looking good despite the low water levels. Just before dusk is proving the best time for dry fly fishing, whereas the nymphs are doing well during the day.
There are also the usual big Chub in the shallow waters of the Irfon that can clearly be seen from the Groe path.
Fishing is looking good
Lots of reports of good fishing coming in at present. Most exciting is the report of a big Brown, estimated at 4lb+ being hooked but unfortunately lost this week - location undisclosed ;)
If your a keen dry fly fisherman, early evening is seeing a lot of action on the top right up until dusk.
Remember to send us your pictures and reports to email@example.com
5 March 2014
With Trout season underway, those overwintered Brownies will be hungry and keen to take a fly.
Did anyone get out on opening day? Plan to fish this weekend? Lets us know your stories and send us your pictures firstname.lastname@example.org
20 February 2014
Llyn Alarch opens for coarse fishing on Saturday 22nd February 2014. The original stocking of Roach, Perch, Tench, Bream, Carp (Common and Mirror) and Crucian Carp were attacked by the pesky Otters. Since the Otter proof fence has been erected, we have had no more trouble on that score.
The original stocking had been augmented with further stocking of Roach, Rudd, Perch, Bream and Carp (both Mirror and Common) so there is a good head of fish in there.
You can buy your tickets at the lake (Third chalet on the left from the car park). Adults £6, Juniors £3 (Age 15 and under and must be accompanied by an adult).
Visiting anglers pay the same price as members and there are no concessionary prices.
Please send your catch pictures to us at email@example.com so we can feature them on the website.
Good luck and tight lines.
Following the club AGM, the following was agreed upon:
Subscriptions remain the same for 2014
Junior age limit raised by one year to 15 years inclusive
Llyn Alarch to open as a coarse fishery on 22nd February 2014
22 January 2014
Club AGM - 7:30 23 January 2014
The club will decide on fees for 2014, elect/re-elect committee members and club officials as well as discuss other important matters that have arisen.
Anyone wishing to attend, it will start at 7:30 at the Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells. It is also a good time to purchase your membership for the year with officials on hand to issue them.
11 November 2013
SACC - Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru
The club are now active supporters of the SACC. The SACC are a coalition of organisations that support a common sense approach to public access to land and water in Wales to benefit both users and landowners, and to provide better value for money for stretched public funds. We are united in our belief that the current legal framework already balances the rights of landowners and conservation with the desire for accessgroup.
A consultation will be launched in the form of a green paper in December 2013 which will ask for views on the possibility of introducing new legislation, changing the way people access the countryside in Wales. We believe that if universal access to land and water were to be imposed by the Welsh Government there would be significant ramifications in rural Wales and it would not actually serve to provide the general public with the type of access they desire.
For further information, click the link below and register your individual support (I have - CB) by simply supplying your name and an e-mail address. It will take 2 minutes and will benefit the future of angling on our waters.
14 October 2013
A 7lb Salmon was caught on the 'fly-run' this week. It is a club first as its the first one ever to be caught by female angler, Mary Bradbury.
Mary is a club member and regularly fishes with her husband, Andrew.
She was fishing the popular 'fly-run' beat and was actually fishing for Grayling using a small, black nymph. Having hooked the Salmon on her 4wt rod with only 5lb fluorocarbon, she kept hold and played it to the net successfully.
Everyone at the club sends Mary their congratulations. As its the first Salmon caught by a female angler, it is now a club record. Here is to many more and maybe next time Andrew can come away with the 'story'.
3 July 2013
Winner of the Free Day Permit was Liam Walsh. Draw took place at the committee meeting last night and the name was drawn by Club Chairman Ian Campbell. Special thanks to Bert for use of his hat.
Congratulations Liam, we look forward to seeing you on our waters.
3 June 2013
The Shad have made their yearly visit, arriving late last week and over the weekend. Many have been caught despite not being allowed to fish for them, taking nymphs and wet flies.
Extremely hard fighting fish, with solid mouths and tails they put a serious bend in the rod.
25 April 2013
Recent report from one of our Special Members who has seen 2 fresh Salmon in the Aber Pool.
One was a large fish at the Irfon/Wye confluence where as a smaller Salmon was spotted about 20 yards above it.
Any more sighting of big Salmon? Any other news you wish to share with us? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
31 March 2013
Do you have any pictures of any catches on our waters? Maybe you've landed a lovely Brown Trout since the season has started?
If so, send your pictures to email@example.com and we'll feature them on the website.
17 March 2013 and 7 April 2013
On the two dates above, there will be a litter picks along certain stretches of our water. This follows on from a successful operation last year organised by Keep Wales Tidy and the Wye and Usk Foundation where a substantial amount of rubbish was collected.
The stretch below the main road bridge.
Meet - The Groe, Builth Wells at 10am
7 April 2013
Our stretch of the Irfon
Meet - The Groe, Builth Wells at 10am
The overall aim is to clear the tributaries and the main river from Builth to Glasbury. Various clubs and groups are clearing their own sections. I will post the 'meet' times a bit closer to the dates.
Here is a link to last years clean up:
3 March 2013
Brown Trout Season is now open
So the Trout season is now open for 2013. Good luck to all that are out fishing and remember to stay safe.
Why not e-mail us your catches to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can feature them on our site.
9 February 2013
Llyn Alarch Stocking
More fish have today been stocked in Llyn Alarch including an 8 1/2 lb Carp named 'Carl' sponsored by Carl Williams of Williams Building Contractors.
Carl (the Carp) was put into the lake safely and decided to swim around the entire perimeter of the lake. Obviously scouting out his new home.
Check out Llyn Alarch in pictures for some more pictures from today
If anyone would like to sponsor a fish to go into the lake, please e-mail us at email@example.com
25 January 2013
The 2013 subs have increased slightly on 2012. Check the members section of 'Fishing Prices' for more information
10 January 2013
The AGM will take place at the Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells on 17th January 2013.
All welcome so come along and hear what your club has been doing and the future plans. Its also an opportunity to renew your membership for 2013 or join/rejoin the club.
30 November 2012
Llyn Alarch update
To see more information on the redevelopment of Llyn Alarch including pictures of whats going on, try these links:
Llyn Alarch Development
Llyn Alarch in pictures
Also, 1st December sees the first stocking of coarse fish at the lake. Check back for pictures and info
19 November 2012
Llyn Alarch update
More work has been taking place this weekend to further develop Llyn Alarch into a coarse fishery. Picture below shows this weekends team before getting rather muddy for their efforts.
11 November 2012
Breakdown of Catches
Total - 40 fish
7 on Spinner and 33 on fly. 2 fish were killed (before the EA's mandatory catch and release was confirmed)and 38 returned.
Biggest Fish - 22 lb
Most fish by an individual - 12 (over the Salmon Season)
Best pool - Aber Pool saw 15 fish
May - 1
June - 7
July - 6
August - 0
September - 3
October - 23
Best Day - 15th October (5 on Groe Stream, 1 on Larder Pool)
Aber Pool (Left Bank) - 15
Larder Pool - 9
Groe Stream - 9
Fly Run - 6
Irfon Run - 1
It must be noted that these are recorded catches. Its very important for everyone to report their catches to Duncan Macdonald
7 November 2012
Big Salmon caught on Aber Pool
A report of a big salmon was reported to me this week, caught on Aber Pool by Graham Burgess.
The Salmon was caught on a 4lb line and double maggot on a size 18 hook. Quite the acheivement when you find out it took an hour and 10 minutes to land!
5 November 2012
2013 Welsh Bank Fly Fishing Trials
On 4th November 2012, the 2013 Welsh Bank Fly Fishing Trials took place at Garnffwyd. The trial was suppossed to have been held at Eglwys Nynudd Reservoir but having fished terribly, the trial was switched.
Two GPIAC club members fished at the trial (Dan Graham and Lee Tatton). Mixed results saw Lee making the team for a thrid year whilst, unfortunately, Dan did not make the team.
The Welsh Champion was Matthew Jones
Team Manager and Captain - Hywel Morgan
Welsh Champion - Matthew Jones
Congratulations to all who made the team and comiserations to those that didnt.
26 October 2012
Final day of Salmon fishing today
Salmon fishing ended on the Wye on the 17th October and today is the final day (26th) on the Irfon.
The Salmon catch now stands at 39, I wonder if we can hit 40 by the end of the day?
22 October 2012
Club member represents Wales
On 17th October 2012, Lee Tatton represented Wales at the 2012 Home Nations Bank International at Garnfrwydd, Carmarthenshire.
There was some fantastic angler on display and Lee put up a good account of himself, finishing overall in 13th place with 9 fish.
Team Results - Overall
1st England - 76 Fish
2nd Scotland - 51 Fish
3rd Wales - 50 Fish
4th Ireland - 41 Fish
Top Rods - Overall
1st Terry Philips, England - 19 Fish
2nd Dean Appleby, England - 17 Fish
3rd Steven Corsar, Scotland - 13 Fish
Top Rod for Wales was Matthew Jones who finished 5th with 13 Fish.
16 October 2012
Club member fishes for Wales
Club member, Lee Tatton, is fishing for Wales tomorrow (17th) for his second cap in the 2012 Home Nations Bank International at Garnfrwydd, Carmarthenshire.
Lee finished the 2011 International in Ireland with the largest fish.
Join me in wishing Lee all the best.
I'm going along with another club member, Dan Graham, as control for the event - more news to follow
10 October 2012
The Salmon boys seem to have found the magic touch. This years total is now up to 24. 7 Salmon caught in 8 days including an 8lb Hen caught by Mick Wilkes on Larder Pool
2 October 2012
Two more Salmon were caught from Aber Pool (see Maps) over the weekend taking our total to 17 for the year.
19 September 2012
A catch of another Salmon has been reported on our waters bringing this years (reported) total up to 15.
4 September 2012
After some heavy rain the rivers have settled down nicely.
Both the Irfon and the Wye have dropped to 'normal' levels and are losing their colour. With the weather report for the next 10 days looking warm and dry, we should see plenty of sport.
Current river levels, taken from the Environment Agency website:
Wye (at Builth Wells) - 1.32m
Irfon (at Cilmery) - 0.49m
23 August 2012
Lots of fish are being reported caught on the following stretches:
'The Island', below Aber Pool - Grayling and Brown Trout
Aber Pool - Chub
Above Builth bridge - Grayling, Brown Trout, Dace as well as Salmon Par
The Fly Run - Brown Trout and Grayling
Of course there is plenty of fish to be caught all accross our waters. These are the ones that i've been hearing about (and catching) myself.
29 July 2012
The latest (recorded) Salmon catch is 14. We will continue to update with the numbers as they are caught. Hopefully we can get the sizes and who caught them - if we can get information of what they are being caught on we will. However these Salmon fisherman can be sly devils.
15 July 2012
A little story, which we would like to share
Peter Price, one of our life members, hasn’t fished for 20 years but at the beginning of July decided to have a go for salmon. He didn’t catch one but was delighted to be back on the river bank. On Thursday (12 July) he tried again and caught a 10 pounder from the Aber Pool. Unsurprisingly, he was absolutely delighted.
We are all delighted that he should return in such style.
14 July 2012
Anyone for Perch, or maybe some Gudgeon?
Report by secretary, Lance Burton:
'I caught a perch about 7 inches long yesterday (13th) and a couple of Gudgeon today. A big perch about 2 lbs was caught a couple of years ago along the Groe but a small one like the one I’ve just had from the Aber Pool indicates that they are breeding.
Several people had mentioned to me that the Gudgeon had disappeared but I think that to some extent it is due to the way the kids fish these days. Years ago they all used to get worms and because of their poor tackle could only fish in at the side – the right bait in the right place.
So I fished with brandlings in the slack water and caught Gudgeon – Voila! I photographed the Gudgeon but forgot to take one of the Perch – Bozo of the Year.
Gudgeon - fish of a lifetime? Posibly not
26 June 2012
Catch and release is now mandatory on all Salmon caught on the Wye.
Update - 29 June 2012
More information can be found on the Environment Agency Website:
Byelaws - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/31465.aspx
News - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/140629.aspx?month=6&year=2012&coverage=Wales
22 March 2012
Shad were spotted today for the first time on our waters this year.
Shad are a species of Herring. They resemble many sea fish with their reflective scales, but can be found in the Wye bewteen May and June.
They make the journey to the Wye to spawn.
Update - 6 June 2012
The shad have been here in good numbers. There have been numerous reports of Shad being caught over Jubilee weekend while fishing for trout. The Shad were favouring Aber Pool (see item 7 on the Map of our Waters) and the stretch of water between Church Pool and Bridge Pool (items 4 and 5 on the Map of our Waters)