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ROSS ON WYE | WALES | Back

RIVER WYE, SYMONDS YAT
posted by matt on 26/09/2007
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Fish...
Barbel, Chub, Pike, Perch, Roach, Dace

Best baits:
Conventional baits - Luncheon Meat, Cheese, Bread, Maggots

Swim's and Pegs worth trying...


Methods:
> A small fixed feeder on bottom-tackle, regularly checked for supply, isuseful here to help barbel zone in on your offerings. The small eddies between the bushes downstream of the church regularly provide heavy bags of chub on float tackle.


Tips / Comments:
The great River Wye forms a large part of the border between England and south Wales. Its fame as a productive salmon fishery has traditionally overshadowed its enormous potential for coarse species but this is gradually being discovered by those in the know. The Newport AA has three miles of excellent coarse water at Symonds Yat, half on either bank, open to visiting anglers. The river at this point is deep and strong, ideal conditions for barbel, which are prolific throughout the stretch. Large catches have recently been recorded with many individuals into double figures. Nearly every native species (including carp) is present to some degree, large and small, the latter providing a steady menu for that ultimate predator, the pike, present in great numbers. Large specimens are regularly landed here. High water can make much of the Wye nearly unfishable; there are few proper pools in the lower reaches of this powerful river and long stretches resemble a large fast-moving canal, so pick low water conditions if you have a choice. Close season rules apply so winter-time is recommended. Symonds Yat is a popular tourist destination so if you’d rather avoid late season visitors try just above St Dubricius’ Church. The high banks are not easy in places but there are ample convenient pitches. This venue is subject to the coarse fish close season.

Club / day ticket details:
£5 from Sterrets or Symons caravan sites, Symonds Yat. £7 on bank.