In all we have some 8 miles of the river known as The Moccas Fishery located at Bredwardine between Hay-on-Wye and Hereford.
Centrally located on what for many years has been regarded as one of the finest Salmon fishing rivers in the country, and famous the quality of its "Springers", the fishery is well known for providing good sport throughout the year. Lying roughly mid-way along the length of the river Wye The Moccas Fishery offers a superb variety of characteristics from gravel beds, with streamy runs and deep pots, down to slower moving water over red bedrock, underwater ledges and dark pools, where a mighty Wye Salmon may lie in wait. It is generally accepted that the early season sport is based on the superb quality of the fish, from 15 to 20 lbs, and the fishery has a history of producing those once in a life-time 30 to 45 pounders. As we move on into the late spring, early summer and autumn, the main runs of grilse and salmon can now be found right through the river and these tend to be in the 5 to 15 lbs range.
The Wye and Usk Foundation
The Wye and Usk Foundation is a registered charity concerned with ecology and, more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. Their charitable objects are:
To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the salmon and other indigenous species of animal and plant life of the rivers Wye and Usk, their tributaries, streams and watercourses ("the River") and the banks, riparian lands and catchments of the river ("the River Corridor") and ... To advance the education of the public in the conservation of rivers, river corridors and their animal and plant life and the need for conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of such environments.
Rob is a long standing guest of the hotel, and we proudly display some of his exceptional art work around the building. He travels the country with his fishing rod, sketchbook and camera, and is often found on the banks of the Wye with all three. His illustrations have appeared in Trout & Salmon magazine, several books, along with the BBC's Tales from the River Bank, and John Bailey's award winning Trout at Ten Thousand Feet. To view Rob's work please visit his website The Fine Art of Fishing.
As well as a valid fishing licence, anglers fishing our stretch of the Wye will need a permit. These are available from the hotel bar or reception at a cost of £30 per day. A limited number of season tickets are available on request, priority is give to existing holders but do become available from time to time. Please contact us to enquire.
- The fishery is open to individuals, small groups and larger groups.
- Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals can be arranged, and of course the bar is open to all.
- Special rates are available for group bookings staying in the hotel, contact us to enquire.
- You must hold a current EA licence, which are available on-line.
- The methods of fishing allowed during the season are fly and spinning until the 31st August, with fly only from 1st September to the end of the season on the 17th October.
- ALL Salmon must be released.
- The use of worms, shrimps and prawns is prohibited all season.
- Barbless or micro-barb hooks must be used at all times.
- Residents in the hotel have access to 4 miles.
- All gates must be left open or closed as you found them.
- Please note visitors dogs are not allowed on to the fishery.