MONMOUTHSHIRE

What better reason than having to attend a board meeting in Cardiff in May, any May, than to set off from London the day before to stop off for an ‘overnight’ at a lovely hotel, offering very comfortable rooms and serving the best of local foods, and one with its own fishing, to boot!

The Bell, a delightful 17th Century coaching inn, is one such hostelry and it is in Skenfrith, sitting beside the B4521, just yards over the English border. In part, both upstream and downstream of Skenfrith, it forms the border between Wales and England.

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The MONNOW is one of the larger Wye tributaries and rises in the upland areas of the Black Mountains, but over much of its length it flows through a gentle fertile valley before entering the Wye at Monmouth. In its lower beats it is a mixed fishery, but above Skenfrith, both brown trout and grayling can be found.

My evening yielded six fish, all browns, and with no rise, all were taken on weighted hares ear nymphs!

‘Netting’ Monmouthshire, my second Welsh county, was celebrated with a super late dinner at the Bell.

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