River Wye – Fownhope – Holme Lacy 4 & The Elms

Brief description of fishery:

Control of the fishing on Holme Lacy 4 & The Elms was acquired by H&DAA in 2021 However due to its rural location, we have to adhere to certain restrictions set out by the landowners.

We are also asking members not to park in the Church carpark to ensure that we do not cause issues for church users.

The access farm track offers us several challenges as there a number of large ruts, so for the time being we are limiting the number of cars per day to 5, but please note; there is plenty of fishing and so you are advised to car share in order to get the full potential.Strictly no other vehicles allowed to view or visit the water without prior permission.

Please note access is weather dependent and so there may be times when we have to close this fishery or restrict access to 4X4 vehicles only.

We have now set up a booking in system in order to police the water correctly,  so you will need to provide your name/s, membership number/s, and vehicle registration when booking.

Coarse members must be aware that this is also a Salmon fishery, therefore there may be times when you are asked to stop fishing and give way whilst a Salmon member fishes through your swim. If this occurs please be polite and courteous, they are perfectly entitled to do so and will give you the ultimate respect. 

Booking in will start from Monday 6th June. ( No calls after 9pm.)

In order to be fair to all members the following additional rules will apply:

No block bookings will be accepted.

No bookings further than two weeks in advance.

Members must book in at least 24hrs in advance on 07737 684963

Maximum of five vehicles per day,  (Strictly no other vehicles allowed to view or visit the water without prior permission).

All vehicles must keep to the roadway track only.

Access is restricted to five vehicles per day,

Vehicles must not be taken beyond the fishing hut, this is the parking and turning point.

A maximum of two vehicles can park where the track first meets the river, (you must park alongside the river and allow clear access for a tractor to pass with ease).

The only other parking is at the hut, (no parking behind pegs). 

Gates must be left how you find them (if closed, close them behind you).

Fishing sunrise to sunset only, (water must be cleared before dark).

N0 boat fishing.

NO fires, BBQ’s or any other flame heated devices.

NO  dogs allowed.

NO Keepnets.  

NO spinning. ( unless a Salmon member and during the Salmon season only.)

No Drop Shotting.

Any rubbish left will result in that member not being allowed to return and disciplined by the committee.

 Any Salmon caught must be reported to the Association without delay.

 All other rules as per current rule book.

Historically a well-established Salmon fishery with several named pools and a lie in almost every swim this offers an excellent opportunity for Salmon ticket holders to cast the days away and be lucky!

The stretch also has a good reputation for Chub and Barbel fishing and contains all of the other species during the summer months. 

The setting is everything you would expect of the Wye Valley a beautiful rural and peaceful location that can produce some excellent bags of fish throughout the year.

The banks in places are steep, we recommend using a rope with dog spike particularly in damp conditions where the clay-based soil becomes very slippery.  Always check the levels using the EA website and keep an eye on it during the day as it can rise high very quickly.

River Wye – Gauge Levels


Details for the Church Carpark which is the nearest address then take the lane to the left of the private driveway down to the fishing hut:

St Cuthbert’s Church Holme Lacy Hereford HR2 6LX

Post Code: HR2 6LX
Grid Reference: SO 56777 34728
X (Easting) , Y (Northing): 356777 , 234728
Latitude , Longitude (decimal): 52.009288 , -2.6311333
Latitude ,Longitude(degs, mins, secs): 52°00′33″N , 002°37′52″W
What3Words : lofts.pardon.aliens

Fishing Hut Location details:

Grid Reference: SO 57380 34163
X (Easting) , Y (Northing):  357380 , 234163
Latitude , Longitude (decimal): 52.004259 , -2.6222793
Latitude ,Longitude(degs, mins, secs): 52°00′15″N , 002°37′20″W
What3Words : shares.makeovers.enacted

Access & Parking

Traveling south out of Hereford on the A49 take the left-hand lane on the bridge over the River Wye and follow the signs to Ross on Wye. Go past Hinton Service Station (green garage) on the left, and at the traffic lights turn left to Holme Lacy on Holme Lacy Road (this changes to The Straight Mile and then becomes the B4399). Stay on this road for 4 miles, when you enter Holme Lacy you will see a Black and White Building on your right and the College on the left; take the right-hand turn signposted to Holme Lacy House, and follow this road for 850 yards and take the left-hand turn through a disused bridge down Church Lane. Follow this lane to St Cuthbert’s Church on the left. You will see 2 entrances facing you, take the left-hand one down the farm track.

This track is long, bumpy, and heavily rutted in several places so please take care, in wet conditions it is only suitable for a 4×4. Vehicles are taken down the track at the driver’s own risk.

As you go down the track you will come to the river and turn right, traveling alongside it – there is 1 space next to the track/stile where the H&DAA sign is and 5 spaces next to the fishing hut at the end of the track.

All vehicles must be off-site before darkness as there is no night fishing.



  • Barbel
  • Bream
  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Common Carp
  • Dace
  • Eel
  • Grayling
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Salmon

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