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Wednesday 14 August, 2013

WUF moves to Talgarth

As of 13th August, WUF have moved offices from Llanstephan to:

Unit 4
Talgarth Business Park
Trefecca Road

Tel: 01874 711714 (General enquiries)
Tel: 01874 712074 (Fishing enquiries)

Click here for a location map.

One Show

Wednesday 7 August, 2013

The One Show

WUF's Director, Stephen Marsh-Smith OBE, talks to The One Show on the liming work within the ISAC project.

Click here to see the film.

Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Fishery Sale: Sheephouse & Clyro

The Sheephouse and Clyro Fishery is for sale and unless sold previously, will be auctioned at 6.00pm on 29th May at the Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford. Particulars attached

Saturday 21 July, 2012


Click to download details of Eardisley and Holm House sale

Monday 25 June, 2012

Wye and Usk Foundation Update - Byelaw Edition

Uncertainty over Catch and Release Byelaws is over: it is now mandatory to return all Wye caught salmon.

The ministers of both Defra and WG gave their approval on Friday and so the byelaw took effect last Saturday. Please would you pass this on to all salmon anglers you meet. This coincides with a dropping river Wye and fishing could start this evening but more likely in earnest tomorrow. Once again we ask you to take the greatest care with any salmon hooked and suggest the following guidelines:

• Play it quickly – this means having the appropriate gear
• Don’t lift it out of the water at any time
• A net helps to do this but keep the fish calm while unhooking it
• Used debarbed or barbless hooks
• If the hook is deeply embedded, do not attempt surgery – cut the cast and leave it in situ
• Return the fish in a quieter piece of water, holding it upright facing upstream

We ask that restraint is used on the Usk too.

All the best from WUF.

Friday 11 May, 2012

Message in a Bottle


Thursday 10 May, 2012

Big Upper Wye Litter Clear Up Completed!

A twelve-week initiative to clear litter from the upper river Wye has been successfully completed. From the start of February, groups of volunteers, organised by the Wye & Usk Foundation (WUF) with support from Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) and the River Wye Preservation Trust (RWPT), have been removing litter from the river’s source at Plynlimon downstream to Builth Wells and beyond, including the tributary streams. In addition to the practical benefits of removing the litter, The Big Upper Wye Litter Clear Up also draws attention to the amount of rubbish and other pollutants being allowed to enter the highly protected river Wye.

116 volunteers were involved in the project, including anglers, canoeists, wildlife enthusiasts, walkers and others with an interest in the Wye. 596 sacks of litter and larger items were removed from 103 miles of river and stream, including objects such as a car radiator, a lawnmower and a deep freeze. Even more worryingly, several drums containing agricultural and mechanical chemicals that damage the aquatic environment were also found. The collected litter was picked up and, where possible, recycled by Powys County Council.

Over 60% of the litter collected during The Big Upper Wye Litter Clear was believed to be of agricultural origin. The project follows on from a similar exercise on the rivers Lugg and Arrow last year where 220 volunteers cleared 767 sacks of rubbish from another 100 miles of river and stream, 61% of which was agricultural.

Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith, Director of the Wye and Usk Foundation said: ““Tipping rubbish down banks and into rivers is, I’m sorry to say, part of our rural culture. By clearing it away we solve one part of the problem but I hope we also make people feel very uncomfortable about it so rubbish is disposed of properly in the future. We hope to clear the upper Wye’s main tributaries, the Ithon and Irfon, and further downstream on the main stem Wye next year.”

Tony Norman, the Foundation trustee managing the campaign, said: “It has been a delight to get to know the country so well in such a beautiful part of Wales. But, it is tinged with regret that the pristine water that falls on those hills is marred by the careless behaviour of a few people.”

Rachel Palmer of Keep Wales Tidy commented: “By working together we have achieved something that none of us could have managed alone. As well as cleaning up over 100 miles of river, the activity has raised awareness of the surprising levels of waste in an apparently clean rural river system. The volunteers have been absolutely fantastic and alongside lots of agricultural plastic and food and drink packaging there were some surprising finds including a surveyor's pole, a St George's flag and a floating bread-bin!” She added, “However, the litter clearing efforts don’t stop with the end of this project and if you would like to help us, please get in touch on 07717 497 442 or”

Simon Dereham of the River Wye Preservation Trust said: “Our principle aim is to help preserve one of England and Wales’s most beautiful rivers and we will continue to support all action in future efforts that will help keep our rivers clear of pollution and rubbish.”

Tuesday 1 May, 2012

EAW Successfully Prosecute Wye Poacher

A man from Birmingham has been handed a £1,000+ fine for illegally taking Wye salmon.

2012 1st salmon

Monday 2 April, 2012

1st salmon of 2012

On a beautiful spring day on the famous Wyesham beat of the Lower Wye , Nick James of Pol Roger and Chairman of WUF Trustees presents bottles of Brut Réserve to Chris Major (Llandogo)) and Peter Austin (Wantage). Chris caught the first Wye salmon of the 2012 season from the Coedithel beat on the opening day, weighing approximately 15lbs. Peter caught the first Usk salmon from Lower Monkswood on 13th March - he was fortunate to land it as his brand new reel jammed on full break for the entire fight - the fish weighed 9lbs. Both fish were safely returned. Congratulations to both anglers!

Wednesday 22 February, 2012

Wye and Usk Foundation Update

We are pleased to advise that fishing and land on the Wye is shortly to be sold at Auction. The fishing is known as Upper Ballingham and comprises 1200 yards right bank and 650 years left bank: included is a substantial hut. Pools and catches include Sheepwash crib, Greenbank, Hancocks Stream, Oaktree and Craydens. 12.5 acres of adjacent land are to be sold as a separate lot.

For details of the sale, please contact David Thompson of Sunderlands and Thompsons on 014432 356161 The date of the auction is 22nd March 2012.

Season rods are available at a number of Wye and Usk Fisheries:

Wye: Wyesham (a full rod on Monday and a half rod on Saturday or Sunday – day per week) Gromain and Rectory where a full rod can fish on any day of the week; Whitney, Cefnllysgwynne (Irfon) both let on a day per week basis.

Usk: Llanover, Chainbridge, Dan y Parc, Dinas and Abercynrig all let on a day per week basis.

Please ask Allyson on 01982 560788 for details of season rods. Day tickets are available on line or through the office.

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