Chris had not been there before so it was going to be a first for him, too. We set up with feeders and various flavoured baits. The Wye is a big river for the UK - about 135 miles long and wanders back & forth across the Wales/England border in the lower reaches.
I didn't wait long before a hefty pull on the rod resulted in a 7lb 1oz barbel - a baitrunner fixed spool is pretty much essential! The Wye has a salmon run and several surged along the surface as they moved upstream. There is also good head of brownies.
There is a public right of navigation downstream from Hay-on-Wye and canoeists appeared from time to time all travelling downstream. They are picked up at various places and taken back to their start point.
I finished the day with 5 barbel, a 3lb chub and a slimy eel.
|First fish of the day - a 7lb barbel|
|Chris with a 7lb-er|
|My Kelly Kettle enjoying the view!|
|One of the hazards of fishing the Lower Wye!|
|Tea in hand and a bite straightaway.|