Fishing Holidays on the River Wye

Gone Fishing

Looking for fishing holidays on the River Wye as the perfect staycation in 2021 then look no further! Check out a fishing holiday at By the Wye glamping, located right on the River Wye in Hay on Wye. Our glamping site offers easy access to over a mile of fishing along with glamping onsite for accommodation perfectly situated next to the River Wye.

Rising on the slopes of Plynlimon in the Cambrian Mountains, the River Wye (Afon Gwy in Welsh) flows for approximately 152 miles in a generally south easterly direction. It is the fifth longest river in the UK. It passes through Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, before joining the Severn Estuary at Chepstow.

River Wye Fishing

The River Wye offers a unique fishing holiday experience unlike anywhere else in the UK. The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty making for some fantastic scenery for your fishing holiday. Our glamping site is hidden in the heart of Hay on Wye right on the Powys/Herefordshire border.

The stretch of the River Wye in Hay on Wye offers some fantastic public fishing for barbel, chub, roach, dace, pike, grayling, trout and salmon. The mile stretch of the River Wye through Hay on Wye is perfect for a fishing holiday because it has a variety of features. It has deeper slower moving sections and a pebble beach, known as The Warren, which is perfect for trout, barbel and smaller fish. There is also a croy that puts fishermen in a prime position in the deeper waters where the fast-flowing water moves over bigger fish. The River Wye really is the perfect location for a fishing holiday this year.

You can book a River Wye day ticket fishing through the Wye and Usk foundation for your stay.

River Wye Fly Fishing

Although this stretch of the River Wye is primarily coarse fishing, under the right conditions fly fishing is good too. There is a nice pebble beach down at The Warren which is good for casting off.

There is salmon in the early season depending on the run and you’ll often see salmon jumping out of the water in the evening in a golden flash. It’s also a very good trout stretch.

Coarse Fishing River Wye

The most common coarse fish caught in the River Wye are barbel and chub, the fish caught here are of really good quality and good condition.

The River Wye is a very clean river. This means the water here is clear so it allows sun rays to beam through which give the barbel and chub a lovely gold colouring to them which in other waters they may be pretty pale.

It’s one of the better barbel swims on the Wye. While it is popular it is not overcrowded as it’s limited to the Wye and Usk. Our location is great for Wye barbel fishing holidays with some superb fighting barbel available.

River Wye Fishing Holiday

Accommodation right on the River Wye

By the Wye Glamping offers the perfect solution for those looking to go on a fishing holiday with some lovely accommodation close to the water. We have access to excellent fishing onsite, and there is more fishing available in town just a 5-minute walk from the glamping site.

Fishing Glamping

Looking for glamping accommodation for your fishing holiday? Our glamping site is on the border between mid Wales and Herefordshire. Hidden in the heart of HAY ON WYE, elevated in clearings between trees, on the bank of the River Wye is where you will find our luxury SAFARI TENT ACCOMMODATION. Off-Grid woodland glamping, perched on platforms, floating out above the woodland floor, relax on the deck with the River Wye babbling at your feet and the expanse of the BRECON BEACONS dark sky reserve glittering overhead.

Our glamping accommodation has been featured in Conde Nast as one of the top glamping locations to look out for in 2021 in the UK.

For more information on how to book the ultimate fishing glamping experience, click here.

Fishing Holidays River Wye

Our beat is managed by the Wye and Usk foundation. Glamping can be booked directly through our website here whereas the fishing should be booked through the Post Office in Hay on Wye or through Wye and Usk Fishing Passport. On their website you can book day ticket fishing on the River Wye and you’ll also find River Wye fishing reports and a River Wye fishing guide. It also gives information on latest catches, river conditions, instructor /guides, where to stay and everything else you might need to fish in Wales and the Marches.

Essential Fishing Information

FAQ’s for Fishing Holidays on the Wye

Fishing Seasons on the River Wye

Salmon – 3rd March to 17th October

Trout – 3rd March to 30th September

Coarse – 16th June to 14th March (following year)

Rates for Coarse and Game

Day – £15

Week – £45

Season – £75

Children free with paying adult

  • All fishermen must follow national laws/practises regarding fishing on the River Wye and must have an appropriate EA/NRW rod licence.
  • Fisherman are allowed a junior rod-licence holder or child under 12yrs to fish free of charge.
  • All fishermen must carry their card/ticket whilst fishing
  • Please remember that there are many users of The Warren, including children pets and livestock, take care casting!
  • Please use best practise when handling fish and returning them to the water.
  • Please treat other users of the warren and river with politeness and respect.
  • Please take all tackle and litter home.

Further information available on fishing the River Wye available here

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