Where to Fish on Wyebank

THE WYEBANK FISHERY STARTS AT THE STREAM MOUTH AT THE LOWER END OF THE LYDBROOK RIVERSIDE PARK WHERE THERE IS CHARGEABLE CAR PARKING WITH AN HONESTY BOX. THE FISHERMAN’S PATH ENDS AT THE LOWEST POINT BELOW THE BOTTOM CROY WHERE THERE IS A WHITE “END” POST.

nb. The fishing includes the Island shallows along the Tump for game fishermen and the Island Pool below the Island for wading coarse anglers when not fished by anglers from Home Fishery on a first there basis.

Wyebank is essentially a low rather than high water fishery, which fishes from 3ft downwards. Above 4ft the lower half becomes inaccessible. The steps is the key swim when the river is high and is one of the few places on the river when it can still be fished up to 13ft. Also when the river is at 5ft to 8ft  no 22 Ferry Pool lower end of Courtfield is a ‘default’ for Wyebank fishermen. So if you have booked on and you find high water there should always be somewhere to fish. Wyebank offers superb barbel fishing either by swimfeeder techniques or wading and fishing with rolling leger tactics. It is undoubtedly best at low water and is a beat short and sweet with huge potential as shown by the likes of Dean Macey, Ali Hamidi, Kenny Parsons and lots of WUF ticket holders.

On opening day 16th June 2013 a bag of 20 barbel and 20 chub was taken by a single angler from the Bottom Pool, swim 10 which was probably by far and away the best catch on the river on what was overall a quiet opening day. On opening day 16th June 2014 16 barbel and 10 chub and very many lost in very strong flows from the bottom pool, again the best result reported from the whole river. In the first 10 days of 2014 119 barbel to over 10lbs and 127 chub to over 5lbs were reported.

SALMON POOLS AND LIES ARE INDICATED IN BOLD LETTERING. SALMON CAN BE CAUGHT THROUGHOUT WYEBANK AND I BELIEVE WYEBANK MUST RANK AMONGST  THE FINEST STRETCHES OF FLY FISHING ON THE LOWER WYE. THE WATER IS FISHED FROM 40CM (1FT 4″) AND BELOW AS MARKED ON THE GAUGE AT THE STEPS AND BY WADING OUT TOWARDS THE ISLAND AND FLY FISHING THE OBVIOUS RUN DOWN TO PAST THE STEPS WHERE THE WATER DEEPENS. CONTINUE WADING DOWNSTREAM WORKING TOWARDS THE BANK UPSTREAM OF THE CRIB. TWO ROCKS MAKE VERY GOOD LIES ALONG THIS RUN WHICH IS CALLED THE WYEBANK RUN. ALLOW TWO TO TWO AND A HALF HOURS TO FISH WYEBANK THOROUGHLY WITH THE FLY AND THEN FISH IT AGAIN. CANOES WILL BE A SERIOUS ISSUE AFTER 10 AM UNTIL 4PM FROM EASTER ONWARDS AND WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.  THE EVENINGS ARE GENERALLY QUITE AND i RECOMMEND ALL SALMON FISHERMEN FISH EARLY AND LATE AND CONTACT ME FOR REPORTS AND FOLLOW THE LOWER WYE FISHING FACEBOOK PAGE.

Dean Macey gets into the Wyebank barbel

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Swim 1 The Steps or Stream Mouth

1 peg which can be superb for big bags of chub and dace when the river showing 2 foot on the gauge (60cm) combined with a good clean flow from the stream.This can also be a fantastic high water mark for barbel when Wyebank is too full to get along the banks and is a renowned big pike spot when over 5ft. The stream mouth  can be fished to 12ft from the top of the bank adjacent.

Swim 2 1st Swim

Go onto the top of the bank at Wyebank, immediately downstream from the grass park at the steps. Go down the bank towards the river’s edge turning right along the path and down a few steps to the river edge where there is a stone landing. A single peg fishable at 1ft to 1.25ft for chub and dace and improving for barbel behind the stone marker line for canoe mooring just upstream from the bush, with possibilities for grayling and roach.. An excellent float trotting run when a bit coloured.

Swim 3 The old peg

Walk along bank edge from  swim 2 where a small bank pool will be found which can also fish well at 1ft to 2ft of water. Again good float fishing for chub and dace and occasional barbel. This peg was used by the Forest of Dean angling Club 20 years ago and although not the best draw for match fishing it could produce excellent bags and is today probably under rated. With the right water height and a cloudy day it is potentially a very good swim for late season fishing in February and March, now with the chance of some quality grayling.

Swim 4 Willow pollard.

Another swim like 1 and 2. Fish from the riverside off the willow pollard just upstream of the seat. Wading here allows the salmon lies in midstream at the submerged rock to be covered and salmon lie anywhere just upstream from the crib.

Swim 5 Wyebank pool

Fish from or below the salmon crib. A good lie for salmon and resting place of the end of the crib and along the crease. Running salmon can be caught in the flow of the race. On its day very good chub to 6lb plus and large barbel can be expected here. When the river is low enough to fish from the nose of the crib large bags of dace to over a 1lb can be expected. Both Nigel Botherway and Simon Evans from WUF have done well here. It can be snaggy but it is a very good pool nearside of the crease. Largest barbel from here was 13.5lbs in 2005. At low water coarse fishermen can fish from the crib or the hard bank below it

Swim 6 Wharf pool upper

Fishing the upper wharf pool from the bank below Wyebank crib is really fishing the shallow at the tail of the Wyebank pool race where exceptional bags of smaller barbel have been taken. Also fishing down the side of the bank to the slack water by the old wharf wall can be good for both bigger barbel and chub. A very good lie for resting salmon. Largest barbel from here 11.5lbs 2012 and largest chub over 7lbs in 2013 when two other 6lb chub were caught the same day on Wyebank.

Swim 7 wharf pool lower

You walk up the slanting path to the top of the bank and continue along and back down the other side. Then walk back along the lower river bank to fish straight out into the pool behind the shoal of rocks and stone. All species here. A very good lie for salmon.

Swim 8 Lower crib pool.

Again, as with Wyebank crib, a good one to fish from the nose to cover the eddy just above the next run. This is a 5-6ft lie at summer level and should hold fish. Not the most productive swim, possibly because the fish spook easily as fishermen are quite visual. Another good lie for salmon which may drop into the five foot resting place immediately upstream from the shallows and also salmon rest of the nose of the crib.

Swim 9 Boat rock eddy

A medium high water mark when 3ft. Thigh boots are a safety need fishing Wyebank at 3ft and this back eddy can produce some very good chub and dace fishing. At low water and below summer level wade onto the shallow out and just downstream of the Boat rock and fish for barbel to get some of the best sport imaginable. At 3ft on the gauge this is a high water salmon catch.    See Improve Your Coarse Fishing Monthly

Dean Macey gets into Wyebank Barbel

Swim 10 Bottom pool

Walk down below the Boat Rock and go past the alder to the bank at the end. This one is the special one. it can be fished by two rods for company but it excels as a superb low water barbel peg with big chub thrown in for good measure, plus the possibility of hooking a large salmon (at least two have been hooked and lost 50 yards downstream on halibut pellet!.) This is as far as the Wyebank fishery goes. There is a white post marking END – PLEASE DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER OR YOU WILL BE IN TROUBLE! To be at its best the level needs to be summer level or well below when I believe the barbel move up in shoals from downstream to enjoy the saturated oxygen levels of the water below the rapid shallow. Some days barbel will be in the 4-8lb range. Other days 9-10lb plus fish might appear and on other days 1lb -3lb shoals are present. The largest fish from here was approx 13.5lbs in 2012 and 13lbs 14oz in 2013.

If I had to recommend one single pool on Wyebank and Courtfield fisheries in the best conditions it would have to be this one. In 2011 I estimated somewhere between 1500 and 2000 barbel were caught from this pool with not one mention of fish damage. However it is impossible to fish over 2ft with just too much water and 2014 has been a terrible year for weed growth which has been totally wiped out downstream due to excessive dirty water preventing light penetration. Combined with prolonged high flows this has so weakened the ranunculus as to kill it off. In consequence the extreme low water conditions prevailing in mid summer 2014 have reduced the levels to inches downstream of Wyebank and in consequence barbel have dropped downriver in search of deeper water. Salmon conditions have been equally difficult. This is the nature of fishing. Salmon fishermen expect to book in advance with no idea of conditions on the day. Coarse fishermen should expect the same if booking in advance.

This is the only holding pool on Wyebank where salmon are likely to remain for longer duration. It offers a good chance for a few days of taking a salmon that comes to rest here.