The Wye Monmouth
The Wye, at the town of Monmouth, and up towards Leominster, is an
excellent river for salmon; and the Usk, in the same quarter, is also
good for salmon and fine trout. The latter river is a very short way
from the Wye, and may be conveniently reached from Monmouth to
Abergavenny, close to which town it passes, and enters the mouth of the
Severn at Newport; the Wye falls into it higher up, at Chepstow. The
in the plates will be just the sort for the Wye made
smaller, and will suit the Usk admirably, dressed smaller still.
There is a local fly or two which I will give, viz.--Body yellow mohair
bordering on orange, a red ginger cock's hackle long in the fibre rolled
over it, ribbed with plate gold, a red tail, and light brown turkey tail
feather with white tips for the wings. Hook No. 9.
Another fly with the same body, and wings of the bittern's neck, two
feathers should be tied in, and the whole to stand well up.
Another fly, with brown body, brown hackle, brown wings, and tail,
ribbed with gold. The Dun Palmer, in the Plate No. 7, and the Dun
Salmon fly, No. 6, made on smaller size hooks, will be found excellent
ones. Nos. 4, 5, and 10, are also good, the latter for high water. Never
were there better flies seen for the Welsh rivers in general than these,
made to suit the state of the water.