Steve Pope Barbel Fishing

Catch more barbel!


It’s time for an update on the guiding front for next summer and autumn. The current season will be over in a month’s time so all thoughts will soon be directed to the imminent long hot summer days!

With that in mind I hope more of you will be joining me for days on the Wye, Severn, Teme and Kennet and also the four holiday breaks planned this year on the River Wye.

As I type this the available dates are filling up nicely.

July has about ten available days. Always a popular time because the days are long although the fishing itself can be tricky as the barbel make their way back to their favoured haunts.

August has a few more – twenty available days. The traditional holiday season, the days are still very long and the barbel are there to be caught!

September is busy – just half a dozen or so free dates. As the nights begin to draw in the barbel fishing can be superb and the bigger fish start to show.

October has plenty of available days. Arguably the best time of all before the colder weather arrives. Looking back through my diaries this is the month that consistently produces the bigger fish.


The Wye Valley Experiences at the Caer Beris Hotel have available places on all the dates but they are filling up so don’t leave it too late! These breaks are just fantastic value, if you haven’t fished the Wye before this is a fantastic opportunity to taste the adventure , make new friends, visit some wonderful venues and get stuck in to some fighing barbel!




If you join me for a day or two on a one to one guiding session, all you’ll have to bring along is a chair and some food and drink and your rod licens of course, I take care of the rest.

If you want to use your own tackle then that’s fine although I try to get everyone to have a go using the centrepin – most are converts before they go home!

I’m with you from the moment we meet in the carpark right up until darkness falls – its a long day!

But you will have lots of fun, hopefully catch a few barbel and most important of all you’ll take away lots of ideas to help you land a few extra fish on your own favourite river.



The Caer Beris breaks are truly excellent and will ideally suit those who enjoy not just the fishing but fabulous scenery, great company, superb food and accomodation and plenty of wonderful memories to take away.

Last year we managed to locate some double figure barbel, not easy on the River Wye, and I can’t guarantee that we will repeat that success this year but there is a better than average chance and I can promise that you will be fishing on superb venues.

The cost offers fantastic value and we can only do this because Peter, who owns Caer Beris, is an angler as well and he is the best host you could possibly wish for.

So as I said earlier we have vacancies but they will fill over the next couple of months so don’t put it off or you may miss out!




If the holiday breaks are your cup of tea then you will find more information on my home page and there’s more info on the flyers;






I hope I’ve whetted your appetite, I’ll leave you with a few shots from last summer and look forward to seeing you next season!





























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