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Barbel Fishing - The Wye Valley Experience 2013


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Steve with a typical Wye barbel - and you can join him on the river this summer. Steve with a typical Wye barbel - and you can join him on the river this summer.

Fancy a fantastic fishing break in the Wye Valley this summer? Then read on










How would you fancy a fantastic coarse fishing break, staying in a Grade II listed country house hotel (where you can actually fish for salmon, trout and grayling in the grounds, free of charge) and then take on the mighty River Wye’s chub and barbel shoals with a bunch of the best new fishing mates you could hope to meet?

This year Steve Pope has taken over the reins of this very successful venture, in conjunction with Peter Smith, owner of the fabulous Caer Beris Manor hotel, Builth Wells, who also happens to be a very keen and successful angler himself.

Peter and I will be running three very special angling breaks on the River Wye during 2013. Each will last five days (four nights) and be limited to just eight anglers.

The Caer Beris Manor HotelStaying at the historic Caer Beris Manor Hotel at Builth Wells in the fabulous Welsh countryside, the package we offer is on a full board basis – that’s your accommodation, full Welsh breakfasts (or a healthier option if you prefer!), packed lunches, 3-course evening meals in our own private wood-panelled dining room and all fishing tickets. The fishing is undertaken on the exclusive Wye and Usk Foundation waters or on privately owned beats. Each day you will fish different stretches of the wonderful River Wye and I’ll be on hand to give one-on-one coaching as required.

Normally each pair or trio of anglers will have a whole stretch of river completely to themselves so swim availability is never an issue.

Each break begins on a Sunday and the following schedule gives you a little idea of what we aim to provide.

Guests arrive during the afternoon.

We share a gourmet evening meal in a private oak panelled dining room where we will all get to know each other.

After a hearty full Welsh breakfast we are off to the Wye upstream of Hereford.

A packed lunch is provided and in the evening we’ll dine in style once more in our private dining room.

We head downstream, just below Hereford, where we’ll get an opportunity to target both chub and barbel but not until we’ve enjoyed another hearty breakfast.

Once again a packed lunch will be provided.

You’ve probably guessed but another massive breakfast awaits you, after which we drive down the valley again to a third specially chosen stretch of river where you will fish for both chub and barbel.

You’ll probably be too stuffed to eat the packed lunch today! But it will be provided.
Tonight we dine in private and we’ll be joined by Peter who has vast experience when it comes to catching the largest barbus species of them all, the iconic mahseer!

Sadly today is the day you leave but not before you’ve had one last crack at the river’s barbel. We’ll rise early – how early depends on you and your stamina.

We have a little drive ahead of us as we head towards Ross but for most folk it is on their way home anyway.

One final packed lunch will probably be the last food you will want to see for a while, I imagine!

You will be free to fish all day, or simply leave when it suits you best. Some guests will have further to travel than others but you can stay on right through till dark should you wish.

Dates and Prices
In full recognition of the fact that these are pretty tough economic times we have decided to freeze our prices and make no increase over the 2012 rate. The cost of these breaks is once again just £499 per angler based on two anglers sharing a room; there is a £10 per night supplement if you require a single room. And remember, this price includes four nights’ accommodation, all meals, fishing and guidance. Non-fishing partners are welcome to attend (sharing a room) at a special price of just £300 meals included.

All you will need to do is provide your own bait and tackle, and settle your own bar bill.

In previous years demand has far outstripped the number of places available. Indeed some of our guests will be returning next summer for their fourth or even fifth trip and we could easily have filled every place twice over last time.  Because of that we’ve decided to run three breaks in 2013 with the possibility of adding a fourth if the demand is what we hope and expect.

WVE One begins on Sunday 14 July, ending Thursday 18 July, 2013.

WVE Two is scheduled for Sun 11 to Thursday 15 August, 2013.

WVE Three starts on Sunday 18 August through to Thursday 22 August, 2013.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at stevepope@btinternet.com, I now live in Australia throughout the UK winter, returning in the spring ready for a full summer and autumn devoted to fishing. While away I am contactable at any time so no worries there!

To book you need to contact the Caer Beris Manor Hotel. A £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure each place on each break. To contact them by telephone call: 01982 552601 Email: caerberismanor@btinternet.com Address: Caer Beris Manor Hotel, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, LD2 3NP and you can check out the website HERE
Peter and I look forward to meeting you in the summer.

Steve Pope


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