Fishing in Monmouthshire

Ancient methods of catching fish survived for a long time in Wales, especially in Monmouthshire. Commercial fishermen in this area used coracles, lave nets, stop nets and woven basket traps (known as putts and putchers) to make a living. These methods were an effective and efficient way of catching fish. However, only the lave net has survived into the 21st century. This collection was showcased at the 2016 National Eisteddfod as part of Amgueddfa Cymru's contribution to the Lle Hanes stand.
Made by coracle builder James Smith from Monmouth Part of Eisteddfod 2016 #LleHanes stand - 31/7/16
Woven willow cone-shaped putchers used to catch salmon on the Severn Estuary. Each measured five to six feet long. They were often made by the fishermen during the winter months.
Willow putchers were used on the Severn Estuary until the late 20th century to catch salmon. Fishermen gathered their catch at low tides. Later, baskets were made of aluminium.
William Dew, one of the last Monmouthshire coracle fishermen. The Wye and Usk coracles were used for net fishing and angling. Local names for the coracles were thoracles, truckles and cobles
Usk coracle paddle.
Image depicting the use of a rod and line from a coracle, Ross on Wye. At one time the coracle was a familiar sight on the rivers Monnow, Usk and Wye. Local fishermen could earn a living using this ancient vessel. After July 1866 it became illegal...
Photograph of a Monmouthshire coracleman.
Hand held lave nets are still used for fishing in Monmouthshire today and can only be seen in this particular area of Wales.
  • Comments (0)

You must be logged in to leave a comment