Trip to Sutton Veney on the Wylye

This month a group of our members went down to our usual venue on the Wylye at Sutton Veney. Fingers were firmly crossed that water levels would not be too high and that the ranunculus was not too rampant as it has been elsewhere on the river.

We arranged for a breakfast to be available for us at the Red Lion at Heytesbury and the new owners did a good job in providing a hearty start to the day. Group leader Martin Smith briefed the lads, allocated  beats and then  kindly showed everyone to the riparian owner’s house to pay for our tickets and then on to the two beats to give directions, hints and tips.

Here you see the group assembled at the Weir and itching to get at the grayling! Norman, Paul, Richard, Stuart, Terry, Mark and Martin on the camera.

The river was quite full with a good pace although the clarity was fine. There was weed as feared but it did not hamper proceedings on the day. The below is an atmospheric shot of the river. Bugging with weighted flies seemed to be the correct medicine on the day with the flow being so strong so a number of home tied creations were put to the Test ( or should I say Wylye).

From reports it seemed that everyone caught fish in decent numbers with a large number of out of season WBT thrown in including one or two thumping wild fish. I am given to understand that there were several of the party who managed to bag their first grayling as well with some healthy specimens amongst the fish caught. The below is a really good fish caught by Stuart Nicol – one of several lovely grayling to fall to his rod.

The day was deemed to have been an overwhelming success with I believe 27 grayling and  17 trout being caught. There were broad smiles all round and I guess a satisfied feeling whilst making the long tiring journey home. Thanks to Martin for leading the party, Stuart for the photographs and of course Roz Walker for allowing us access to the water.

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