River Wye, Symonds Yat

Brief description of fishery:

The stretch has varied depths from the shallow rapids at the extreme southern end to 12 feet in front of the Saracens Head and averages of 6′ – 8′. The main species are chub and barbel well into double figures. Feeder fishing is by far the most popular method but the majority of swims can be float fished.

Junior Members can fish the water as long as they are accompanied by an adult of 18yrs or over. All fish to be returned to the water with the exceptions of Dace and Bleak if required for Pike bait. Night fishing is strictly prohibited. Members should be aware of the steep banks, clearing of pegs from bankside weed or small branches is permitted but the felling of trees is prohibited. There are a number of small gardens that extend to the river, members are not allowed to fish these pegs without first obtaining permission from the owner. Members fishing near to any Hotel or dwelling must not make any undue noise or create a disturbance.

No fishing in front of Saracens Head Hotel before 8am.  Fishing is for coarse fish only.


NAA own the fishing rights for this 1 and 3/4 mile section with an upstream limit of the second fence line (where there is a limit sign) above St Dubricious Church at Whitchurch and a downstream limit at the head of the Island below The Royal Lodge Hotel, Symonds Yat East

Access & Parking

Parking is no longer permitted within the private church car park at St Dubricious.
Arrangements have been made for members to park in the car parks of the Paddocks Hotel, Olde Ferry Inn, Royal Lodge and Riverside Hotel although a charge will be made. Attention is drawn to the narrow roads and lanes and members should not park in front of gates or in passing bays.

Whilst the Club own the Freehold of the River members must appreciate that it runs through a small community in an area of outstanding natural beauty and therefore every member must act in a responsible manner, care must be taken not to offend local residents and land owners.



  • Barbel
  • Chub
  • Dace
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach