I came across some old photographs of salmon fishing on the Wye when I was looking through my archives recently. There are many of them but this particular batch were taken on the Nyth.
The Nyth, with its large,comfortable and well appointed fishing lodge, is situated on the upper part of the Wye and in its time has accounted for many large salmon. One of the most notable was a 52.5lb monster caught in 1928 by the Honourable R Devereaux.
I think that the Hon R Devereaux must be the angler on the right and the Gillie is on the left holding a gaff. Check out the waders and footgear. The photograph is good quality so it was taken by a professional who must have been summoned from Builth Wells or somewhere nearby.
In the next picture, again probably taken by a professional photographer, the Gillie is smartly dressed and wearing a tie! Is the angler on right the same person as the Gillie in the picture above? Difficult to say because the moustaches might just give that impression.
In the the third picture, its the same angler again? Lucky chap!
These pictures are in the lodge at the Nyth so the next time I go there I will try to find out who the various characters are.
I am indebted to George Woodward who gave me permission to use the pictures and many others depicting characters who fished the Wye.