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ID:3698 

G. P. from Bath

Tuesday 2 August 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

I saw my first otter - paddled across right in front of my feet, gave me a look of total disdain and carried on past as if I wasn't even there.

Although I was only planning a short session and expectations were not too unrealistic, I struggled to find the fish and finished with a couple of nice chub and three eels - all a decent size. Lovely stretch of water, easy access and stacks of features to give you confidence. Probably best fished early morning or late afternoon in these weather and water conditions.

Continuous boat traffic, swimmers, water fights and three guys without a boat at all, just larking about in the water with a football. Too much for me, I'm afraid. Could I suggest that the website carry a symbol against each beat to indicate the amount of boat traffic that can be expected, like chillies on a takeaway menu so that those with a low tolerance for noise can avoid the risk.

Thanks WUF - Even a bad day on the river is better than a good day at work.

ID:3690 

R. D. from West Sussex

Saturday 30 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

A good session on Saturday once the canoe traffic died down. Fished several swims in Legg Meadow and landed 10 barbel to 9.08, 4 chub to 4.12 and an eel pushing 2lb. All fish taken on elips pellet behind a feeder.

First trip to section since WUF took over and have to say banks noticeably tidier, probably due to reduced pressure. I will be back later in the year when there is a bit more water in the river.

ID:3644 

J. A. from Bristol

Tuesday 26 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Several Barbel to 8lb 12oz and Chub to about 3lb. River very low and clear.

ID:3628 

M. C. from Somerset

Sunday 24 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:All Species (in season)

No. of Anglers:1

Started at about 7am on the lower end of Legg Meadow. Nothing until about 9am, when Don arrived to say hello. I promptly hooked two barbel in two casts, lost the first to a hook pull but landed the second at 8lb 12oz. Don left, and I only had one further chub until mid-afternoon, when I had another 3 barbel to about 6lb and 2 chub to 4lb. Unfortunately I had to leave at 5pm, just as Don returned. Maybe I should have stayed an hour or so longer - he seems to bring me luck. All fish to 8mm pellet & corn cocktails fished behind a big open-ended feeder.

All in all a very nice stretch of water, and it is possible to deal with the inevitable armada of canoes by keeping your rod low and your eyes open. Annoying though they are, the canoes seem to worry us anglers more than the fish - in fact I caught one barbel from more or less underneath one in about 5 feet of water. However I don't think I'd like to try to fish a static leger across to the far bank while they're about.

I look forward to returning with a foot or two of extra water around - I think the deeper, upper part of Legg Meadow will come into its own then. A big well done to WUF and Don.

ID:3624 

P. S. from Weston-super-Mare

Saturday 23 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

First time fishing the Wye, arrived early with 2 friends and the river lookes great, level was normal and flow not too fast, it looked idyllic. We started fishing about 6.30 and had 3 chub and 2 barbel by 9.30 and we were looking forward to a nice day's fishing. But then the canoes arrived! I'm not against sharing the river with others, I have canoed the Wye with my children, and as an angler I was conscious of not causing inconvenience to other people. It's a pity that most of the canoeists didn't have the same consideration. A few were ok and went past quietly on the far side, but the vast majority who were in hire canoes (and there must have been 200 canoes go past) showed no consideration at all. We had to constantly ask them not to go over our visible lines, we had people crash into the bank beside us, we had 'flotillas' of idiots having water fights, messing about and even capsizing in our swim and this went on all day. We caught just 2 fish between 3 of us between 9.30am and 7.30pm after the last of the canoes had gone - I stayed on and had another chub and 2 barbel.

Fishing is a fickle sport at the best of times but to pay £15 for a ticket and then have your day ruined by people who show no common sense or courtesy is not acceptable - be warned!

ID:3631 

B. S. from Coventry

Friday 22 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Lovely day despite horrendous shower in the afternoon.6 x chub including my personal best at 6lb 1oz !! 3 x over 4lb. 4 barbel including 1 x 5lb 2 x 6lb 1 x 8lb 2oz.

ID:3607 

I. P. from Torquay, Devon

Thursday 21 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:4

Lovely day's fishing, thanks to Don who readily gave his time to show us the river. We were all pleased to see identifiable pegs with good access. I struggled to catch with just one chub to show but the other three shared 13 barbel, 3 chub and 2 eels. I think we will be back.

ID:3621 

J. E. from Trowbridge

Thursday 21 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

I said we would return and we were not disappointed,we fished 2 days and between us we caught 22 barbel 6 chub an eel and a very hungry dace that had a go at the halibut pellet. The successful method was groundbait feeder with hair rigged halibut pellet.

Hopefully we will return in September or October for another go. If you want to catch fit well conditioned barbel I recommend this fishery and would like to thank Don and Rudi for the information the gave us over the two days.

ID:3584 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Monday 18 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Salmon

No. of Anglers:1

19.00 to 21.30hrs. From swim half way down Leggs Meadow, 2 chub of around 3lb and 4 barbel of 9lb10oz, 8lb approx and at last, after telling visitors where they are and seeing them catch but failing myself, my first Wye double at 10lb 6oz followed by another of close on 11lb. All caught on large halibut pellet, size 8 hook and 12lb line and swimfeeder from what appears to be a deeper gulley under far bank where salmon frequently lie and jump.

Mid morning to mid afternoon spinning for Salmon as many jumping and rolling throughout the beat, tried everything without success and to add injury to insult got drenched on Leggs croy when one landed beside me! They were still there in evening, a few dark fish in residence plus silvers and some Grilse.

It appears a slug of water from a local downpour on Friday passed towards Monmouth and these fish may have moved up to Courtfield, however the river was up 18in, muddy and rising this Tuesday morning.

ID:3577 

N. S. from Dorset

Sunday 17 July 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

On arrival at the car park at the bottom of the beat we were greeted by Rudi who gave us a helpful account of what to expect from the fishery.
We spent a long time walking and looking around the beat before deciding where to fish after the worst excesses of canoeists had passed at about 4 o'clock. A nice variety of swims of varying character to choose from.
JM decided on a swim in Leggs Meadow which I had dithered over - and I chose what I thought looked like a classic barbel spot down towards the lower end.
The river was low and in need of rain to get the barbel movng throughout the river.
They didn't show up in my principal swim or the other couple of spots I tried, although I did catch 8 chub to around 4lb. There were salmon jumping regularly and I'm pretty sure I saw 3 different fish.
Meanwhile, JM back in his slower water had done what I fully expected (having rejected the swim myself) and caught a brace of barbel, losing a third. Best fish 8:02. He also spent some time watching and trying to tempt a huge chub which was harrying the fry in front of him.
We both had the pleasure of meeting Don, the fishery owner, who was helpful with advice, very interesting on all aspects of his fishery and the Wye scene in general, and clearly passionate about it all.

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