The Courtfield Waters

The Courtfield waters are  exclusive fisheries in the Passport scheme of the Wye and Usk Foundation.  Tickets can be obtained through their website and online booking office. It is an excellent location for larger groups to book up for an extended fishing trip. Excellent and central accommodation can be found at the Courtfield Arms or the Jovial Colliers, both in Lydbrook or the Welsh Bicknor YHA. Superb bed and breakfast and/or self catering accommodation is available at Rock Lodge which is well located for Thomas Wood fishery.

The Courtfield, Home and Thomas Wood fisheries are excellent all round waters ranging from the  deep glides of the Railway Bridge pool and Thomas Wood at the top end, through the shallows of Maiden Ford, glorious runs and lies of the Shut, Swan pool and Pumping Station and down to the slower deeps of Legg Meadow. There are concentrated faster runs through the Wood, culminating in fantastic holding pools for salmon and barbel at the Waterscross, Boat pool, Willow run, Ferry pool and the Island or Henry’s pool. finishing with the rapid shallows opposite the Courtfield Arms Pub. Throughout the Courtfield waters there is an abundance of bankside swims frequented by all species of coarse fish.

Salmon hold well throughout and of recent years several lies have again become good potential catches.  During summer and particularly early autumn, Salmon will hold in significant numbers through the Legg Meadow which is fished from the right bank on the Home Fishery.  Trout can be found to excess of 4lbs and will rise to the Mayfly, particularly above the island at Lydbrook, where it is possible to wade and fish upstream from the right bank on the Home fishery. Sea Trout are rare but are caught from time to time. Spring 2012 was an exceptional year for salmon fishing and undoubtedly the best for well over 20 years with five Very Large springers caught and returned over 20lbs.A 32lb fish was caught from Legg Meadow, a 27 pounder from the wood stretch, a 26lb, 25lb and 24.5lb from the Willow run and 3 other big twenties were lost.

The Courtfield is renowned for it’s coarse fishing. Barbel have been caught to 14lbs over recent years and the stock of 5-10lb fish is impressive.  Chub are numerous and have been caught to 6lb and reputedly 7lbs.  The Legg Meadow beat is famous for huge Pike.  In 2009 a 48″ Pike was caught, which although rather lean and well below it’s potential weight, demonstrates that 40 pounders almost certainly do inhabit this water.  One local fisherman lays claim to a 42lb Pike from this premier Pike fishery.  Ashley Meek’s Pike of 36lbs in 2005 is the largest photographed in recent years.

Ashley Meek with 36lb pike top end of Legg Meadow.