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THE FISHERIES OF THE UPPER SEVERN AND VER- NIEW.âWednesday, the 2nd ult., was the opening day for salmon and trout fishing, but the rivers, which on the 1st were lower than they had been for the previous four months, began to rise on that day, so that there was too much stream for the nets to work, and the rain we- have since had has kept the water up, so that up to Wednesday not a fish has been taken. Plenty of water in February is a boon to the rod fisher and the amateur netsmen on the Verniew and the upper reaches of the Severn, as it allows a few spring fish to run by; whereas, if the water is low in that month, the fish get so incessantly netted from Pool Quay to Shrawardine, that there is but little chance of their getting up into the Verniew, or to the waters of the Severn in the neighbourhood of Newtown. The spate" this week will help the kelts nicely on their way seaward. Those still remaining in the rivers have an unusually healthy appearance. Several new fish have been seen sporting both in the Verniew and the Severn. The professionals" have already begun pot hunting with the worm, in the dirty water, for the half-starved kelt trout; their takes, however, have not been great, 5pb. being the largest basket I have heard of. The wretched carrion, however, finds ready buyers at from 8d. to Is. per lb.- A. in the Field. THE GOGERDDAN HOUNDS. The following letter has been addressed to the editor of The Field SIR, -As I have always felt interest in reading the ac- counts of sport with various packs of hounds in your own columns and those of your sporting contemporaries, I have pleasure in sending you an account of our last three days, and I do not think that such three consecutive satisfactoiy days are often numbered. On Friday, Jan. 28th, the frost was so hard that riding was impossible anywhere, more especially in our moun- tains but the weather was fine andcahn, and keeping hounds and horses at home is not only unprofitable but unpleasant, so a hunt on foot was determined on. The meet was Mahen, the seat of that keen sportsman Colonel Apperley. The draw was on the mountains, and, though we started early, it was not till nearly one o'clock that we found in the large boulder stones of Darrentyrmaen Rock what I really believe was the biggest fox that ever was seen, really more like a wolf than a fox, and when killed it was, as the huntsman said, almost more than he could do to hold him up. The hounds winded him afar when going up the mountain side, rushed to the rock, and out ne bolted in the middle of them, thus giving them a capital start, which they never gave back, as they ran him for an hour and a quarter with scarcely a check; and, luckily for the field, who were all on foot, the fox ran in a sort of double circle. They at last forced him to take refuge in a mountain drain, where, after no little trouble in getting him out, they tasted their well-earned blood. So much for saying that there is a little scent in a hard frost. Wednesday, Feb. 2nd.-The meet was at the kennel, as most appropriate after the breaking up of a frost; and a draw was made for a good fox, who was known to be- long to Braginin gorse, a covert about two miles away, but he was not at home, and after trying Lovesgrovo unsuccessfully, and getting a little refreshment at the master's house, Peithyll, we arrived at one o'clock at Oak Wood gorse, so famous for good foxes, and it never held a better one than on this day. After one turn round the wood, with hounds close at him, he broke at the east end for Cwmboa, from thence straight to Elgar Hill, and on over Lenny river by Penpompren farm- house. From thence straight across Winllan hill to Tynygraig then turned to the right over the summit of Moel Llyn, and put his head straight for Cwmshyad rocks; but when nearly reaching that stronghold, ha found his pursuers too close on him, and was obliged to run down hill, and after some most beantiful hunting down the valley of the Einion river, which he crossed and re-crossed several times, this gallant fox was run into just above Furnace, after a magnificent run of two hours and a half, in which time he traveled a great quantity of country. The finish was rather uncommon: the fox (hard-pressed) had crept up into a rock covered with ivy, the bounds having run up were puzzled, they knew tne fox was not far off, but stillcould not quite make him out, and got all round the ivy-covered rock; at length out he jumped through the middle of them, and they quickly bowled him over. On Friday, Feb. 4th, the meet was at Penpompren, where that good and hospitable sportsman, Mr John Davies, gave all a good breakfast. After drawing two or three coverts blank, we found an old dog fox at Pant- glas, and had one of the best hour and a half's I have ever seen-sharp and quick hunting all through, killing him dead beat close to Lodge Park gate. With the ex- ception of one good turn over the mountain, this run was chiefly covert hunting; but this fox, having lived some years, seemed to have attained extra cunning, and kept turning at the shortest angles, thereby displaying to advantage the close hunting of the pack, and giving great pleasure to the real sportsman. Thus ended three excellent days' sport with a strong old dog fox at the end of each. NIMROD.

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