I spent a quiet evening exploring the Cannop Brook running through the Forest of Dean. The Wye and Usk Foundation describe the stream thus:
“The Cannop Brook is a small Forest of Dean stream perfect for a few hours brown trout fishing. This is a stretch of approximately 1 mile, located between Parkend and Whitecroft, a few miles upstream of Lydney. Although following a fairly straight channel, there are several meanders which provide good depth and cover for the resident brown trout. Wading through the channel is not possible in all places, and care should be taken when navigating around
Fish were rising to mayflies. Three wild brown trout came to hand largest at 9 inches, one on Iron Blue Dun, two on Hares Ear Nymph.
In the dusk I was joined by a tree creeper and a fallow deer. The fish were more abundant close to the top of the beat next to the weir pool. The beat is part of the Wye and Usk Foundation and can be booked here.