September 14, 2011

A Red Letter Day

Friday the 9th September, proved to be the Red Letter day for three fishermen. In the morning the river had dropped back from the 2ft 6″ of Wednesday evening to a perfect 4″ at 9.30am. I had gone down to Wyebank and saw several small grilse slashing the surface. I raced back and got my fly rod and by 11 o’clock had landed two grilse of about 6lbs and 4.5 lbs and lost another tiny fish maybe 2-3lbs. The fish rose to a cascade fished across the Wyebank run and must have been running fish. The resident cormorant turned up followed by canoes and all went quiet. It was the first time I have ever had two fish in one short session from the beat and it could have been three!

The river then started to rise again midday and was at a foot and coloured by the evening when Colin Tyler fishing number 2 swim in Legg Meadow finished up with 9 barbel to 9.5 and 4 chub to 5lb3oz and Rudi, fishing the evening finished with 6 barbel to 9.75 lbs and a huge bag of chub every cast, the best two weighing  5.75lbs and 5.25lbs. In total 100lbs or more of fish. Truly a Red Letter day for salmon, barbel and chub.

September 10, 2011

August review from Courtfield andWyebank

The river was low and clear throughout August . Despite the low water of August there were some excellent catches of barbel and chub.  Feedback for the month on the WUF site showed the fishing held up well with barbel to 9.5lbs recorded on Wyebank, lots of chub and also good dace. The Courtfield fished consistently with a mix of difficult and good days, Huw James recording 14 barbel to 9lb 14oz on the 20th August and there were many sightings of salmon, which were settled throughout the fishery.

Improve your Coarse Fishing September – October issue carries a fabulously illustrated feature article on Dean Macey fishing Wyebank for barbel in early July. ” Dean declares this had been his best day’s barbelling ever”, an outstanding testimonial for this lovely stretch of water.  A double page picture of Dean fishing, with the stunning backdrop of the river downstream, the woods and the romantic tower and spire of Welsh Bicknor in the distance, illustrates this great location for some of the finest barbel fishing anywhere.

Canoeing was intense throughout the holiday season and although it does’nt generally effect the fishing it certainly affects the fishermen, when the behaviour sinks to the standard of drunken tomfoolery. It is unacceptable that the quiet enjoyment of the fishermen is so rudely disrupted and I believe it is upto us all, fishery owners, keepers. gillies and fishermen, to make our views heard by the EA. They are the statutory Navigation Authority responsible for ensuring that the bylaws are upheld, whereby “masters of the vessels” do not cause damage to private property. It is vital in this regard to recognise and understand that fishing rights are deemed in law as private property.  It is vital to report incidents to the EA. Lynn Bulbeck at the Navigation Authority has stated that they can respond to reports where the master of a vessel is failing to observe the bylaws.