The Emstrey section is a productive part of the river known for Barbel in numbers and will nearly always produce when other parts of the river are fishing poorly. However it is also a very long section of River too, approximately 2 1/2 miles of right hand bank and can seem very daunting to first time anglers. Do not worry though as Barbel can be caught all along its length. It is stacked with features, overhanging trees, undercut banks, bends, glides, gullies and deep holes and more. Popular methods are running ledger/feeder with pellet or meat although most baits and methods will produce fish. The float enthusiast should find plenty on offer whether fishing stick or waggler.
The stretch produces some good Chub catches and also has plenty for the Dace and Roach angler, also for the predator angler too. The specimen Perch fisher will find an untapped potential on offer and plenty of perchy holes.
Due to it’s nature and limited access points it sees very few people beyond the popular parking areas and is best tackled by travelling light or adopting a roaming approach. The banks along this fishery are generally very high and steep, become very overgrown in the summer and the pegs are often difficult to access – please take extra care especially after a flood or rain.
The upstream end of the fishery is typically shallow, streamy water over gravel. The river then deepens slightly and passes a little copse – there is a peg here with a huge back eddy when there is a bit of extra water on that is rumoured to hold some big barbel (Tinkers Hole). The river then sweeps under the main A5 road and along a relatively straight stretch, this has a reasonable depth and big Pike often lurk in the edges. The paddock known as ‘Caddys Field’ is well known to produce plenty of barbel and chub, this is where the river starts a long sweep to the left. Downstream from here is quite shallow close in and the river picks up pace, most barbel are sought casting towards the far bank. Slightly deeper water is found to the left of the car park before starting to shallow again as it runs towards the ‘ford’ area near the island. Please note there is no fishing between the two white marker posts. The river then starts to turn south again in a huge sweeping bend, this is a popular area and Barbel, Chub and Bream all come from mid stream towards the far bank. From this point on, to the end of the fishery the river runs more or less straight but not without its features, there are many overhanging bushes and trees providing plenty of inviting ‘crease’ swims and plenty of snags and fallen trees on the far bank too.
Generally, the deeper water is popular during the autumn and winter and can fish very well at the end of the season as fish shoal up prior to moving onto the shallow water to spawn. The streamier runs are preferred during the summer.