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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 to fish from a coracle without a licence. All fishermen had to pay an annual fee of £2.

Fishing using the coracle came to an end during the First World War.

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