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Martin James award-winning fisherman consultant,broadcaster,writer


WYE & USK UPDATE - Tues 12th October 2004

Water levels have now dropped to almost perfect fly fishing height for most beats on both rivers. All Upper Wye beats have been reporting good salmon catches over the last 4 days on the back of the last flood with fish ranging from 6 to 25lbs with most in the teens. Even our Deputy Director managed two fish from Gromain in an hour on Sunday! The Usk has now cleared but there was really heavy run of fish on the last spate that has left all beats well stocked. Although beats are steadily picking away, a rise and colouring of the water would see the bumper catches of last week repeated - there is rain forecast over the next few days. With only 5 days to go until the end of the season, there are still a few vacancies on both rivers - try and escape if you can!

Wye grayling fishing has been exceptional when water conditions have allowed. One angler on the Cammarch Hotel Irfon water caught 20 in a few hours on Sunday. This catch included 3 mighty fish of over 3lbs, 2 of which were caught in consecutive casts. Doldowlod has also reported some good catches and with the main Wye now at the right height, other main river beats will come into play. Taking all factors into consideration - numbers, size, price, availability and surroundings, it is no exaggeration to say that the Upper Wye has some of the best grayling fishing on offer in the UK.

Martin James Fishing