Your Barbel Fishing with Master Barbeller John Bailey
Barbel fishing is full of mystery and promise and now we have a website once more
places are already going fast on all dates, Places limited strictly course so do
There are two ways in which Angling Travel really is of benefit to you. The first,
obviously, is that you can plug into John Bailey’s 25 years’ experience and techniques
and see what makes them very special when it comes to river fishing.
How can John Bailey benefit your barbel fishing?
First, no one knows barbel, or the river Wye, like John. He has spawned a whole new
approach to barbel fishing, which is visual, imaginative and, if you wish, highly
You can quiver tip if you want, float fish, touch leger...enjoy free-lining, sight-fishing,
wading, watercraft. Learn and use skills long forgotten and lost.
Add exquisite scenery, five miles of private almost untouched water huge numbers
of fish are sighted, stalked and, very frequently, successfully landed...On the courses,
nab him and ask to fish side by side for a couple of hours. Ask him to talk through
exactly what he’s doing and why and you’ll probably find it fascinating.
Even if you disagree—you’ll be sure of a healthy debate and fabulous fishing. Many
of John Bailey’s fresh insights, cunning approaches have come from diving and watching
and photographing barbel underwater for hours on end. John has lived and breathed
the Wye for twenty years and, walking the banks you can sense the enthusiasm, love
and experience he has rooted in this wonderful river. If there’s one species John
reckons he knows about then its barbel. He’s been addicted for twenty five years
and for fifteen of those has been pioneering all manner of new approaches for this
The second reason Angling Travel is of such a help to you is because we put the leg
miles in. You’re probably busy. You don’t have the time to do the river exploration
yourself. What free time you have, you want to use to its maximum effect. What we
can promise you is that we’ll be putting you bang on the barbel. That will give you
a total head start. Whether or not you catch them is largely up to you and the conditions.
Let’s make this a really special year together.
What about the river?
We at Angling Travel are hugely excited to offer you totally new stretches of river
as part of our barbel fishing courses on the Wye, which have rarely if ever before
Join us and you will be part of a pioneering team with John Bailey, facing exciting
challenges on beautiful near virgin stretches, exploring new swims and stretches.
All these new beats are barbel rich and some hold very big fish indeed. They can
be approached in the thrilling ways that we love - most especially on the float and
even free lining.
Whilst we will still be fishing the varied areas that have made Angling Travel clients
happy for 2 decades, the next year offers really thrilling new opportunities for
the discerning barbel angler.
the best thing ? Fishing various stretches of superb water EXCLUSIVE to the party
Thank you once again for a memorable couple of days. It wouldn't happen without you.
I feel so privileged to have shared time with you on the Wye ..it has left an indelible
mark on me I will never forget Geoff Nicol
“the fishing was probably the best ever. Our first trip to the Wye with John comes
top for weather and the condition of the river - but they're in the hands of the
Gods. The Hotel , food and hospitality were great - as always. Thanks ,once again,
to you and John for some unforgettable fishing” Mike and Chris Lye, Cullompton
“excellent, and I caught on both days”
Gary Hill, Dubai‘
As with India, a unique angling experience, with likeminded companions ,but in a
Crabtreesque setting, that would be difficult to improve upon...a unique experience,
Frank Saunders Brentwood
‘ had a great time learning new techniques. Loved fshing in the fast water swims.
With float or touch ledgering. Top notch, as always. ’
Andrew Bennett, Vancouver
wonderful trip really enjoyed it
Everything was great. Catching an 8lbs Barbel of course but also the company and
the shared laughs and stories. Gerry Farrell, Ireland
‘The countryside, the company and the fish, everything is 10/10. My favourite thing
was landing a fin perfect, hard fighting ....beautiful wild Barbel, a couple of great
days, great value....
Very hard fighting 8lbs 4oz Barbel from fast flowing crystal clear water. Awesome.
If you want to catch hard fighting, perfectly conditioned Barbel in beautiful surroundings,
then this trip is for you’. Gerry Farrell, Co.Kildare
‘Thank you to you & John for a great weekend! Keep me posted on any other trips you
are running’. A
Andy Sale, Kingswood
‘The trip gives you an opportunity to try a total different fishing experience without
feeling that you are ‘wasting your time’ as Johns intimate knowledge and enthusiasmis
always on hand to help’
Rob Legge, Berkshire
We got so close to my barbel but that doesn't detract from all of the rest - the
place, the people and the impromptu picnic. I'll come back next year - I still need
to catch one! - almost certainly with a private day tagged onto the start.
Thanks for doing the hard work to make everything easy - I can't wait to return.
Kate Bruckshaw, Manchester
What you say
thank you for a fantastic Herefordshire adventure.
It was so good to see friends again and meeting new ones.It was for me, without question,
the best fishing weekend I've had. The fishing, the fun,the company....brilliant!!
Mary & I always return home sad it's over so quickly but smiling after the experience.
thanks again & we really look forward to the next time. extremely good value!apart
from the fabulous fishing & the magnificent landscapes,the laughter & the company
are always a joy John Bromfield & Mary, Oxfordshire
enjoyed the weekend tremendously. The company was first class, the accommodation
& food were excellent & the work put in by John and yourself was plain for all to
see. It was lovely meeting you & John after reading so many books about your angling
adventures you were both a delight to be with. My two fish were way beyond my expectations
& were the result of all the attention & effort John gave to Mike & I during our
2017 dates booking -catch the early booking!
Places are already going fast. Limited strictly per course so do book asap.
July 21 (Fri eve)-23
July 23 (Sun eve)-25
Sept 8 (Fri eve)-3 places
Sept 10 (Sun eve)-6 4 places
How do you book your place?
Just call 07866 470238 or email (jJust call 07866 470238 or email (joy2(at/curly
a) angling-travel then add .com) to confirm availability & then we need a booking
form & 50% or full payment to confirm your place. It’s almost full for 2017 already
Price includes all fishing & guidance & access to six miles’ hotel’s waters, fishing
on stretches of private river totally exclusive to Angling Travel clients, fishing
on almost virgin new stretches of the Wye, hotel (country inn) accommodation, twin
rooms, two full English breakfasts, first evening’s dinner, (or two dinners for the
two courses together) tuition & guidance from John Bailey, admin. Single supp £89
We send you a detailed confirmation with directions & tackle & bait list once you
‘Apart from catching fish & enjoying the beautiful Wye, I really enjoyed the company
of the genuinely very nice people who attend the courses. The interaction & fun was
great’. Gerry Farrell Ireland
A virgin river of exquisite beauty and interest. Wading the fast water. Stalking.
Float fishing. Touch ledgering. Free-lining.
Easing a float through the ranunculus. Experiments with a nymph.
A flash of gold. A hooped rod and a reel gone Banshee.
The Wye Valley as the owl calls to the dusk. Dreams come true.
The fish are visible—a really exciting learning experience and aren’t the sevens
and eights beautiful? Countless doubles and fish nudging thirteen pounds.
Find Your Joy in Barbel Fishing
throughout the spring & early part of the summer I will be walking and prospecting
miles of untouched river. A lousy job but someone has got to do it! Roll on the new
barbel season! Wye barbel in summer are great. Catch 'em on the float, lead or freelining.
Normal baits or naturals. Big fish. big fights. Big thrill for you.” JB
‘Thank you for a great weekend I was thrilled with the beautiful fish that I caught.
Gerry Farrell, Ireland
My main objective was to enjoy it and I did.
It’s obvious you & John put a lot of effort in to make it work. The best thing was
touch ledgering mid stream in some of the best countryside I have had the pleasure
It was a wonderful experience to fish such a beautiful river in good company. I’ll
never forget the feeling when I hooked & landed my first barbel, I couldn’t fail
to be impressed by the beauty, power & grace of the fish. If life is about making
memories this was a weekend of living. Add to this the camaraderie of the group &
the beautiful surroundings it added up to a wonderful escape from humdrum working
life. I’m most grateful to you both for a fantastic experience, I thoroughly recommend
this course, the opportunity to share in the wealth of knowledge that John has of
the river and its barbel, which he imparts with charm & wit, is one to be seized.
John’s love of the river & respect for its wildlife is abundantly apparent & a joy
to share. Coupled with superb fishing, beautiful surroundings & the company of fellow
anglers, the result is a truly memorable weekend’ Paul Sweeney, Stafford
Apart from catching fish & enjoying the beautiful Wye, I really enjoyed the company
of the genuinely very nice people who attend the courses. The interaction and fun
Gerry Farrell, Ireland
Just call 07866 470238 or email (joy2at(i.e curly a) angling-travel.com)