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Fishing update from the Wye & Usk Foundation

Although water levels have remained too low for any meaningful salmon fishing (except on the lower river) the trout and grayling fishing on the Wye has recently been excellent, especially on some of the tributaries.

On the Roving Voucher scheme, the larger size rivers and streams are generally the ones to head for in these low water conditions. Those on the Upper Wye have been producing good numbers of fish, most notably the Clochfaen water. The Upper Irfon has also been productive recently after a slow start while the Cammarch Hotel water continues to fish well. Various dry flies have been the order of the day.

There are two amendments to the Roving Voucher Beats to tell you about - the Aberduhonw Beat (p 22 of the Passport) is closed until further notice. Also the Upper Irfon Beat (p 29) has now only one voucher box, located at the 2nd starting point. Please also note that the Middle Cammarch Beat (p14) closed on the 30th June as stated in the Passport.

Of the main Wye beats Doldowlod in particular is currently producing some huge grayling with a fish of 3.5lbs reported 3 weeks ago. 2 fish of 2.5lbs have also been caught in the last month. Now is the time to start thinking about late summer/autumn grayling fishing on the Wye. We will have some fantastic new waters for you to try.

The Usk is always very tough going during daylight hours in July and August. Late evenings are still worth a try when the larger trout come out to feed. Emergers, daddies & hoppers across the top or even something to imitate fry in the shallows work well at this time of year when the light is fading.

Date for your Diary: The Wye & Usk Foundation annual meeting is being held at the Three Counties Hotel on Friday 22nd October 2004 at 7pm where updates on our projects will be presented and discussion invited. All welcome but numbers are limited so please book in advance by calling 01982 551 520.

Martin James Fishing