Sunday, 18 March 2018

River falling slowly but still a bad colour.  Considerable snow now especially in upper sections - up to 6" widely and still snowing in places.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Well back to light snow this morning and very cold.  Nothing too much yet but more forecast.

A middle Wye beat is up for sale.  Middle Ballingham. £150.000   Knight Frank the auctioneers though details seem limited with no catch record.   Check it out also on

River was an absolutely vile colour today, no doubt there is a lot of Ithon water in and some colour from the Irfon.  Could be a while alright, as for downstream beats!!!!!!!!!

Friday, 16 March 2018

The scenario repeats itself again.  Overnight rain, all upper locations on the rise including the Elan dams now overflowing too.

Well here it is guys.  The Bach Howey beaver.  Its not pushing up the daisies and has been beautifully set up and cased.

Not good pics as they were taken on the back seat of a car in failing light on the way back from the taxidermist(No it wasn't me).   Hope to get better pictures next week.   All those doubters please apologies.  We don't print porkies on here.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Upper river on the up again after overnight rain.  Not a huge rise but making for further disruption.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

River slowly dropping but still coloured on the upper river/   Think I might get the coarse fishing rods out tomorrow like the guy below from BOSTON.  There were two others from Stockbridge and London who also made the trip for nothing.   Who are these people!!!!

M. K. from Boston
Monday 12 March 2018 (1 day ago)
Area:Middle Wye
Beat:The Creel
No. of Anglers:2
River steadily rising, water still only 6c, needed 4oz to hold bottom. 
Not a bite, rained all the time so we set off for home at 12.30. 
Will be back in July, hopefully it won't be as wet.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Following further overnight rain ion top of yesterdays the upper river and most tributaries are on the rise again.  Not massively but enough to hinder the river settling to meaningful fishing condition.

Latest.   Just seen the river here at Hay - its a complete no go.  As thick as a donkeys droppings/
No chance this week down river and probably not on the upper beats for some days.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

River now falling on the upper beats, just about peaked at Hereford but still not peaked on downstream beats.   Colour still an issues on upper beats and obiously downstream areas will not fish for some time.

Dear Fellow Angler,

We have been working closely with the NWATFCC (North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Committee) in order to challenge NRW’s Stock Assessment and Reporting and resulting river classifications. Senior NRW Fisheries Staff seem unable to explain with clarity a number of key areas but will use the defence that they are using the same methodology as the rest of the UK.

To that end it is vital that any challenge is done on a joint basis with NWATFCC who are challenging the Environment Agency in England over precisely the same issue. A meeting took place in Lancaster on Wednesday 7th March between NWATFCC, the Angling Trust and the EA, at which Senior EA Fisheries Officers were unable to validate their data. As a result a suitably qualified statistician has now been employed by NWATFCC in order to:

··        provide an independent evaluation of the validity and efficiency of the England & Wales national river stock  status classification model for salmon
· review alternate models that can provide accurate historic stock attainment trend performance

The timescale for completion is three to four weeks. Whilst there can be no cast iron guarantees of success, this is fully supported by Mark Lloyd of the Angling Trust and we strongly believe that this has to be done, since if the EA/NRW model is declared invalid by an independent source, the whole case for the introduction of the Proposed Byelaws is undermined. We have also written to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, to inform her of this action.

It would be unfair for our colleagues in England to bear the full cost of employing a qualified statistician, when we would stand to benefit from any findings which would support our challenge. A contingency fund of £5,000 is being raised, of which a Welsh fisheries contribution of £1,500 is suggested. To that end we are asking for contributions to establish that fund, which Mark Lloyd has kindly agreed to hold through the Angling Trust, ring-fenced for this specific brief. As a guide we are suggesting a contribution of £100 from Angling Clubs and £10 from individuals, although larger or smaller amounts would be gratefully accepted!

1.     Cheques should be made payable to the Angling Trust

2.     Please write either “Your Name” (individuals) or “Name of Club” along with “Wales Salmon Data Validation Fund” on the back of the cheque.

3.     Cheques should be posted to:

Angling Trust
Eastwood House
Rainbow Street

We appreciate that this is very short notice for clubs in particular. However these are extraordinary times for game angling in Wales and that requires an extraordinary response.

Whilst the immediate aim of this money is to fund the independent statistician, after all payments have been met, we have requested that any residual funds be used by the Angling Trust/ Fish Legal to support campaigns which are beneficial to angling in Wales.       

Please support this cause as well as forwarding this email to your colleagues and contacts.                                                             

Yours sincerely

John Eardley
Strategy Officer: Campaign for the protection of Welsh fisheries

Reuben Woodford
Gwynedd Local Fisheries Advisory Group Representative, Afon Ogwen Fisheremen