Courtfield fishery

THE COURTFIELD FISHERY STARTS AT THE SEVERN TRENT PUMPING STATION ON THE ROSS TO COLEFORD ROAD AND ENDS AT THE TOP END OF THE VILLAGE RIVERSIDE PARK KNOWN AS THE TUMP.

The bottom end.

The Willow Run

Above the island is approximately 250 yards of medium depth and good flowing spinning water with 2 good salmon pools. Some of the beat is wadeable and can be fished well with fly at summer levels. Most of the stretch can be fished from the bank.

There are several good barbel swims, particularly one immediately downstream from the withy in the picture. Large pike can be taken all down the beat.

Looking downriver from the Boat Pool to the Willlow Run

One of the few Wye 50 pounders was taken from the Ferry Pool, at the former netting station there. The Ferry Pool is a testing place to fish.  The Boat Pool is a stretch about 40yards long which can also hold good salmon. Twenty pound pike have regularly been caught upstream of the mooring over the years and is a must hole for specimen hunters.

Ferry Pool, bottom end of the Courtfield fishery

This stretch does hold very large Trout which can rise well to the Mayfly. In 2006 we witnessed one of the most prolonged Mayfly hatches in recent years. Again in 2008  mayfly hatches produced some heavy falls of “spent gnat” and in 2011 mayfly was most prolonged, hatching from mid April to late July Both the Greendrake and Spent Gnat can be very successful.

There is a concrete block at the old ferry site which is an excellent place to fish for specimen pike, chub and dace. A 30lb pike was caught here around 2004.

There is no fishing from the top end of the Boat Pool until the Wood, about 100yards, past the house known as the Fishing Lodge.

The Wood stretch

The Wood stretch is approximately 250yards long. This is spinning water, but a fly shouldn’t be ruled out. At the top end is the Legg Meadow crib, which is historically the best pool of the Courtfield Fishery and was fished by Robert Pashley, “the Wizard of the Wye”. This beat was traditionally fished by boat, but can be fished from the banks with care. Apart from the Legg Meadow crib at the top end there is also another salmon pool the Wood crib, from where huge bags of barbel to double figures were caught in 2006. Three 10lb barbel were caught by Shaun Hodges from Hinders in Swindon in one short session from swim 14 Where to Fish Guide. Jonathan Avery from Olivers Angling shop in Clevedon has also done particularly well here.

Looking down to Legg Meadow Cribb

Legg Meadow

The Legg Meadow is the top fishable stretch of Courtfield, approximately 450 yards of deep to very deep water. This bank is not fished for salmon, which are fished for in Legg Meadow from the Home Fishery. This is a superb summer holding stretch for salmon and good numbers of salmon are often seen holding in Legg Meadow Pool by Coarse fishermen in September.

This is the beat for some of the best barbel and chub fishing on the river with the occasional roach. Traditionally the swims at the top end of the meadow fish best and the large fishing bay half way along the meadow can be fantastic for chub.

See the Coarse Fish Gallery for the fish mentioned here and lots more besides.

Looking up Legg Meadow Beat