The exploits of a group of local fishermen and women exploring the art of river fishing on the River Wye, Herefordshire.
Sunday, 8/7/18 6am start
The river was only .5m but the fish were showing and biting. Sarah caught her first fish on a fly rod, a little trout, which brought a smile to her face. Chris caught a lovely, little chub on his fly rod. Panda was ledger fishing and caught three small chub and two nice chub, latter on our double-handed fly rod. This was a record Sunday. All three of the Kingfishers caught on the day. A good celebration was had at the Red Lion after.
Sunday, 15/7/18 starts: 6am and 4pm
This was another "record" Sunday. The Kingfishers were on the river by 6am only to miss out on their preferred beat by five minutes. A local fisherman had the same idea of where to fish. Not a problem. We moved upstream to fish. Chris set a new personal best record by catching two fish on his fly rod; a beautiful grayling and trout. Panda caught three chub and a barbel using a feeder.
Panda and Sarah met Vince who had just arrived for the week to fish the River Wye. After a few drinks and telling of the mornings activities, the three of us went to our hoped-for-morning-swim in search another barbel or two. It did not take Panda long to catch a barbel and then another and then another. A total of ten barbel in all for the late afternoon session. Sarah was exhausted manning the net. :>) They then left Vince to take over the catch. What an amazing day! Well done Kingfisher Panda! The largest barbel of Panda's ten was a "good one".
Sunday, 22/7/18 6am start
The water was warm and the fish not interested; possibly because Panda's favourite swim had been fished daily for the rest of the week. Dace, trout and gudgeon were the order of the day. Chris caught two on his fly rod and is now proudly sporting the Kingfisher pin.
New favourite hobby is fishing on the River Wye. Caught 10 species in my first fishing season; ranging from barbel, chub, dace, eel, gudgeon, grayling, salmon, trout on the River Wye and extending to common carp and mirror carp on Oakchurch ponds. We three Kingfishers go fishing every Sunday morning, starting at 6am in the summer and now 7am in the winter. The weather has been dry, sunny and calm except for one rainy Sunday in September and then the snow on December 10th 2017, which was very challenging with 10" of snow on the ground at 5am and still coming down. We persevered to get to the river and then fished for our normal five hours before retiring to the Red Lion Pub to everyone's amazement that we braved the elements. I managed to catch two lovely graylings which made it all worth while. We do have fun!