Fishing on the River Wye

The Wye is a truly beautiful river with vibrant wildlife to compliment the excellent fishing. Gwent Angling Society has two river Wye beats – Wyastone Leys on the lower river near Monmouth and at Boughrood, which is on the upper river just upstream of Llyswen. All told, our river Wye beats consist of around 2.5 miles of exclusive fishing.

As a salmon river, the River Wye is not what it once was, however there are still plenty of fish migrating every year and a decent number being caught, with 30lb plus springers still netted each year. Importantly, most of these fish travel through the Gwent Angling Society beats!

Our lower beat on the river is quite varied and provides many interesting holding pools and places to fish requiring different approaches and techniques. The beat has fishing at the ‘Boys Rocks’ which is one of the most famous fly runs on the lower river and ‘St Johns Hole’ which historically held huge numbers of resting salmon during the season. Wyastone also has some great Barbel, Chub and Pike fishing from October onwards and also grayling, which are rarely fished for.

At our scenic Boughrood beat (which is close to the productive Rectory and Spreadeagle beats) there are many holding areas with deep pools, gutters and gullies for salmon, as well as sumptuous dry fly flats and runs for trout and grayling fishing. Like most upper Wye beats, bedrock is dominant so appropriate wading gear will be required.

One of our beats also benefits from having two traditional river Wye fishing punts which members can book to use, enabling you to fish for salmon afloat.