The River Wye, Bishopswood, Ross-on-Wye

Lower Bishopswood


This stretch of water is situated on the river Wye, just a few miles from Ross-on-Wye.  It is set in very pleasant countryside and can produce good bags of chub and roach.  Also, during recent years, good-sized barbel are beginning to show on the water.  There are a fair number of pike present for those interested in this species.  The water extends to approximately three quarters of a mile.

Upper Bishopswood


This stretch of water is adjacent to and upstream of Lower Bishopswood. The beat is approximately three quarters of a mile long and holds the same species of fish found on Lower Bishopswood. There are some restrictions on this water as follows:- Mondays and Tuesdays are not available to our membership because, as part of the conditions of sale, the previous owners have retained these days for their exclusive use. The top section of the beat, from Kerne Bridge down to the canoe launch, is only available to Full Members of the Society. Honorary Bishopswood Members and day permit holders may only fish this water from the top boundary of Lower Bishopswood, up to the canoe launch. The Monday and Tuesday rule applies as above.


The Society has an Honorary Bailiff who lives nearby. He regularly checks people fishing the water. Remember, if the bailiff asks for your card, they are working for the Society and you, it’s members.


The Society has an Honorary Bailiff who lives nearby. He regularly checks people fishing the water. Remember, if the bailiff asks for your card, they are working for the Society and you, it’s members.


This water may be let to other clubs.  There is a peg fee for the whole of the water. Payment will be required when booking the water.  The Society rules and byelaws to be adhered to.  Clubs using the water must indemnify this Society against any subsequent or future claims arising from the use of the water.


Use of Maggott. Each year we apply to the Environment Agency for dispensation of the Maggott ban, Details of this can be found on the Society Contest Programme. The main condition of the dispensation is that only micro-barb hooks are to be used.



Day Permits


‘Day Permits’ for non-members are available for the Wye at Bishopswood.  ‘Day Permits’ are available from the sources shown on the ‘Welcome’ page.



Guest Permits


‘Guest Permits’ can be purchased by Members of the Society in order to take guests on to the Bishopswood water.  Guest Permits are issued subject to the conditions outlined on the ‘Welcome’ page.

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