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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 book asap.


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 mobile.


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 fascinating fish.


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 bait fished.


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  Mark Garrett, Weybridge

Thank you once again for a memorable couple of days. It wouldn't happen without you. 

David Wilcox


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

Simon Ratcliffe


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 stay.

John Mills


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 book

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

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  • 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

John says  

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 to enjoy.

Dave Bryant


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 was great.

Gerry Farrell, Ireland


Just call 07866 470238 or email (joy2at(i.e curly a) angling-travel.com)