In all we have some 8 miles of the River Wye 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 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.