A beautiful day on Saturday at Llanthomas Fishery…no wind, bright sunshine – just how May should be. I was up there to start spraying off the emerging Himalayan Balsam, which has been a bit retarded in its’ growth up to now, but has just started to shoot away! After an hour putting together the backpack sprayer (instruction leaflet written by the same people who work at Ikea!) I managed to get it to work, and spent a happy couple of hours spraying a few acres of green shoots. The views of Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains are spectacular from the bank, and a Red Kite wheeling overhead always makes my day.
The fishery was hosting Richard and his wife for the weekend (and their two dogs), so when I noticed the mayfly starting to hatch, the sand martins starting to swoop down over the water, and the trout start to rise, I finished the spraying and went back to the Salmon Hut to persuade Richard to get his waders on and fling some fluff…he didn’t take much persuading.
I put Richard into the water at the bottom of Llanthomas Pool, and he was soon into the rhythm of casting at the rises along the crease of water between the far bank willows and the main stream – and just as soon into his first Wye brown.
His smile said it all.
Being the best day of the year so far, we were having a steady stream of canoeists coming downstream (despite this being one of the only areas on the Wye where there is NO right of navigation, and NO canoe access agreements in force). Most happily moved to the side of the river to pass us by when asked – until we saw a canoe drifting down with two gentlemen in it, both armed with spinning rods, casually casting across the pool as they drifted!
When I politely pointed out to them that this was private water, they told me that it was in their rights to fish from the water without permission, as long as they weren’t on the bank! They were eventually made to see the error of their ways and put the rods away to paddle downstream…I’d like to know why the canoe hire people don’t point out these basic laws when they hire a canoe to two lads with fishing rods on a private river. The hire groups are just interested in selling boat space, it would seem, and don’t care about the rights of the riparian owners, whether it be respecting fishing rights or seeming to think that they can paddle anywhere on the river.