Lower Longtown Beat River Monnow
Photographs taken in April and September 2014
Species present: Brown Trout and occasional grayling
Season: 3rd March to 30th September
Permits from: Wye and Usk Foundation www.wyeuskfoundation.org
Equipment: Either 12' Tenkara rod or standard fly rod 2# to 4# 6 to 8 foot
Flies: Early season weighted nymphs or spiders, Mid-season Mayflies or other appropriate dry flies, Late season sedge flies
The Lower Longtown beat of the Monnow nestles at the foot of the Black Mountains close to the village of Longtown. The beat starts at the road bridge and continues downstream for 2/3 mile. The bottom part of the beat is not very easy to fish. The best fishing is upstream from the end of the campsite to the bottom of the large pool formed by the confluence of the Monnow and the Escley brook. The top 100 yards from the bridge to the confluence of the Monnow and the Escley brook is all so unfishable. The beat consists of a succession of pools and fast water. This beat is not too overgrown so it is quite easy to fish and there is not a great deal of wadding required. Like all the streams in Hereford the river can colour up after significant rain.
I have found that this beat can be successfully fished with a 12’ Tenkara rod in normal conditions. When the stream gets very low a more effective set up would be to use a 2# 6’ fly rod with a long furled leader. This setup gives you just a bit more distance between you and the fish. As for flies early in the season spiders and nymphs can be successful, at the end of May and early June there are mayflies and later in the season sedge flies can be effective. In August it can be effective to fish a surface sedge after dark in the junction pool.