Thyme to try for grayling
THE end of the salmon fishing season brings the opening of some prime stretches of the upper River Wye and its tributaries to winter bait fishing for grayling.
Grayling stocks have increased dramatically, with trout anglers reporting 60 or more in a session on dry flies and nymphs, so floats Where? Briton Ferry, Neath, West Glamorgan. Day tickets £5, from Tackle & Bait, in Neath. Skewen AC membership £30 (includes more canal and lake fishing). Tel: Jake Lewis on 07846 143933.
What’s being caught? Small roach and perch from the deepest water at Briton Ferry. Pike season just opened.
Tactics? Bread punch for roach from the deeper water at the Briton Ferry end, or lures (maximum two treble hooks) and plenty of roving for the pike. should be dipping regularly when they are carrying maggots, corn or worms down some of Wales’ most beautiful waterways.
If you’ve never fished for the hard-fighting ‘Lady of the Stream’, with the fragrance of wild thyme as you take out the hook, now is the time to head for Powys.
What’s being caught? Carp to mid-doubles with small roach and rudd from the three-acre lake. Tactics? Feeder with boilies or corn catching the carp, and tinned hot dog sausages also a favourite.
Where? South of Cardiff city centre, CF10 4PA (Bay Visitor Centre). Day tickets £8. Cardiff Harbour Authority annual £47, from city tackle shops. Fishing sunrise to sunset only, from designated areas. Tel: Fishery Office on 02920 378161.
What’s being caught? Mainly predator anglers out, catching lots of perch to 1 lb 8 oz and pike to 8 lb. Tactics? Keep on the move, as the perch are shoaled up and coming to small silver spinners, with pike taking lures well down in the water.
Pentwyn Farm Lake
Where? Brilley, near Whitneyon-Wye on Powys/Herefordshire border, HR3 6HW. Day tickets £8, at the farm. Tel: 01497 831199. What’s being caught? Carp to 7 lb, perch to 3 lb, roach and rudd. Tactics? Pole or waggler best in this one-acre, 5 ft-deep water. Favourite baits are corn, worms or maggots over groundbait.