THIS year has been nothing short of dire for River Wye salmon anglers, but a mini revival could be on the cards after an encouraging number of juvenile fish were found in the river’s catchment areas.
The Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF) said that the iconic waterway has had arguably it’s ‘worst year on record’ for reported catches of the iconic game fish, citing a number of contributing factors.
“The Wye starts the year brown with soil, then turns green, then goes hot, then back to green and finishes brown again,” a WUF spokesperson told us.
“A river in this state will never produce a good rod catch, even if it’s full of fish.”
However, the WUF also hinted that there is hope for the future, after good numbers of juvenile salmon were found during surveys of the Wye tributaries Usk, Monnow and Lugg.
It’s believed that newly-installed fish passes have contributed to their success.