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  1. #651

    Default Re: The (new) River Wye 2017 thread.

    Had another very enjoyable day fishing goodrich court again today, this river really is a beautiful place to spend a days fishing, looking forward to going back again in may.
    Had a fantastic day even though i caught nothing and got a nasty shock when i thought i was alot taller than i actually am and i felt my waders filling up, tried to back peddle and damn that current is strong, lesson learned very quickly today i can assure you of that lol.


    On another note, i have fished this beat now twice and booked again for May, could anyone maybe suggest a beat similar to goodrich i could try out, targeting salmon with spinner ?
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    Default Re: The (new) River Wye 2017 thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by ukbluebird View Post


    On another note, i have fished this beat now twice and booked again for May, could anyone maybe suggest a beat similar to goodrich i could try out, targeting salmon with spinner ?
    Well, I can't let your request go unheeded. I would suggest you try Ross angling not far above Goodrich. Hereford AA has some good and easy fishing at Eignside, and you can fish both when you like. For a more private day, why not try what was once probably the best middle Wye beat, Home Lacy (N0 2) now No3. Easy access, to pasture banks, and lots of cribs to fish around. I believe a gillie if you want and a good hut to rest in after catching those big fat salmon.
    Out of interest, the No 2 beat produced 148 salmon for the 1988 season at a cost of £750 per weekday rod. As a comparison, the premier Wyesham beat recorded 257 at a cost of £1,850 p.wd.r. plus vat.
    Ian
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  3. #653

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    Good to see an increase in catches in lower/middle stretches of river and a few coming to the fly!

    Best wishes Morse

  4. #654

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    You are so right Morse. With the recent increase our daily average has reached the giddy heights of I.28 fish per day.

  5. #655

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    Quote Originally Posted by washington View Post
    You are so right Morse. With the recent increase our daily average has reached the giddy heights of I.28 fish per day.
    Hi Washington,

    Can't argue with that.I've had a miserable start to the season with a blank score sheet to date partly due to wash offs on the Wye and a distinct lack of water on the Spey.

    Got to stay optimistic or its back to tormenting tench.

    Morse

  6. #656

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    You're not alone Morse. Most of us are on a blank so far and it's not for want of trying.

  7. #657

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    Out again today. River looked great, but no signs of any fish.

    Up to now things have been very hard. A few big fish from a late winter/ early spring run. I wish I could have had one of those big 3/4SW fish. Then we had perhaps a few starters from a ‘proper’ spring run. At least I did get one so suppose I can’t complain. Interestingly not much below Courtfield in the lower middle reaches.

    With these water levels and no rain forecast for the next week we need to see the beats below Monmouth picking up the baton and really catching (please), as then we know there are fish coming into the river.

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    Default Re: The (new) River Wye 2017 thread.

    The Ghillie at Wyesham reported seeing two decent sized shoals of smolts this week. Its ideal conditions for seeing them at the moment but often in April, this isn't the case. Are they leaving early or do some go now and are visible because of the better viewing conditions? I would put money on the suggestion of impending drought!

    NK

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    Default Re: The (new) River Wye 2017 thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by New Kid View Post
    The Ghillie at Wyesham reported seeing two decent sized shoals of smolts this week. Its ideal conditions for seeing them at the moment but often in April, this isn't the case. Are they leaving early or do some go now and are visible because of the better viewing conditions? I would put money on the suggestion of impending drought!

    NK
    My recollection for what it's worth is that smolt shoals in late April were not unusual on the Duke's, the Pipes being a particularly good pool for seeing them.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
    “A Spring Day on the Usk”
    A Fisherman’s Diary

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    Default Re: The (new) River Wye 2017 thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by New Kid View Post
    The Ghillie at Wyesham reported seeing two decent sized shoals of smolts this week. Its ideal conditions for seeing them at the moment but often in April, this isn't the case. Are they leaving early or do some go now and are visible because of the better viewing conditions? I would put money on the suggestion of impending drought!

    NK
    I think every aspect of the salmon's lifestyle has always been reliant on the strange ways climatic conditions affect the fish in the river. For example, the unusually dry 2016/17 winter surprisingly seems to have resulted in almost no Kelt captures. On the other hand, the constantly high river levels of 2011/12, saw plenty of Kelt sightings and captures. How strange.

    I would say the present low, clear, and cool river conditions have simply allowed an observant gillie to see what amounts to regular smolt shoaling near the tide in late April.

    Quite how the visible activities of these little fish can apparently predict impending drought, I for one have no idea. I do hope not a NK timely excuse for the lack of returning adults so far, or in the future.
    Ian

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