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Record-breaking grayling on the Wye, the River Usk with some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country and a sprinkling of well-stocked reservoirs and lakes make fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in Brecon Beacons National Park.


Record-breaking grayling on the Wye, the River Usk with some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country and a sprinkling of well-stocked reservoirs and lakes make fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in Brecon Beacons National Park.

Whether you are looking for coarse or game fishing, in river, canal, lake or reservoir you will find many fisheries to choose from and a selection of country hotels that offer a special welcome to the outdoor sportsmen.

Detailed and up to date information on the angling sites, and where to obtain licenses and permits is available from the Tourist Information Centres,

Visit Wales is a new website with huge amounts of information on fishing in Wales. It has much of interest to anglers as well as an online booking system for accommodation.

The River Wye
The Wye rises at almost 700m (2200 feet) above sea level in the remote Cambrian Mountains. From there it journeys for 260km (160 miles), touching the Park around Hay on Wye before flowing on and into the Severn Estuary at Chepstow. The coarse fisherman can expect barbel, chub, roach and dace or one of the big predatory perch and pike that lurk in the deep pools. Day tickets can be purchased for most reaches.

The River Usk
An important salmon river and also famous for its wild brown trout, the Usk winds it way along the beautiful Usk Valley from Brecon to Abergavenny, before ending its journey in the Bristol Channel. see:Swan Meadow Fishery

Talybont Reservoir
Talybont Reservoir nestles in the forested Caerfanell valley, a short distance from the village of Talybont on Usk. It has a reputation as a productive brown trout fishery. Fishing permits can be obtained on site from a machine at the water treatment works.
Contact Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru for further information.

Usk Reservoir
This is spectacularly sited at 320m (1050 feet) above sea level at the head of the Usk valley. It is in a quiet and remote area of the Park and nestles under the scarp faces of the Carmarthen Fans. An excellent trout fishery, permits are available from a machine located near the dam wall.
Contact Fishing in Kite Country and Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru for further information.

Llangors Lake
There are Pike, Perch, Roach, Bream and Eels in the lake. Except for the under 16's you will need a day permit, available from Lakeside Shop. Fishing is only from boats which can be hired from the same shop. A licence from the Environment Agency is needed for coarse and non-migratory trout. These are available from most Post Offices.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Running alongside the River Usk, this is a narrow and picturesque canal where anglers who prefer the pace of slow flowing waters can fish for trout, carp, dace and perch. The towpath at Talybont provides for wheelchair access. Fishing licenses can be obtained locally from the British Waterways office at The Wharf, Govilon, Nr Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (Tel: 01873 830328), and from Goetre Wharf Heritage Activity and Study Centre, Goetre Wharf, Llanover (Tel: 01873 881069).

Fishing on the River Tawe at Craig-y-Nos Castle
The River Tawe flows down from its source in the limestone hills overlooking Craig-y-Nos Castle and the Swansea Valley. It is a beautiful clear stream which supports both wild and migratory trout (sewin). Salmon run up from the sea, 20 miles away, to spawn in its headwaters. The river is also stocked with large rainbow trout by the Tawe Angling Association.

Craig-y-Nos Castle has fishing rights on the river as it flows past the castle and residential guests are welcome to fish in the castle grounds: Full Details: Craig-y-Nos Castle Fishing


>Frequently asked questions about coarse fishing in Wales<

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If your passion is game angling, then Wales is for you.

Wales has a wealth of rivers and lakes in a variety of stunning scenarios, choosing where to fish is often more difficult than actually catching your fish.

Welsh rivers account for more than half the sea trout caught in England and Wales, couple this with the number of large seatrout caught every year and the availability of fishing, it makes for a very special destination.

Wild brown trout are abundant, whether you fish the famous rivers or intimate brooks; the stunning lowland lakes or the majestic highland lakes, the challenge is the same. These trout are truly wild and the angler must use all his skill to catch them.

The reservoirs of Wales are set in such scenery that you would be forgiven for thinking they had always existed, these, together with small fisheries of quality; provides the angler with plenty of choice.
Wales has always had quality grayling fishing, but the choice of rivers is now expanding, the rivers of South Wales are gaining a high reputation for the quality of their grayling.

One thing is certain when you have fished in Wales; you will treasure the memories

Federation of Fly Fishers Europe
FFF-Europe represents the voluntary European Flycasting Instructor Certification Program for FFF organizations in Europe which was founded in 1995 by a group of well known European flycasting experts.
Dolgellau AA
The Website of Dolgellau Angling Association, some of the Finest Sea Trout Fishing in the world is superbly managed by this forward looking Association.
Sea Trout Fishing
Recently revamped and is an essential site if you have any interest in sea trout fishing. A super forum where all your questions about fishing for Sea Trout can be answered by experts.
The River Ogmore
A comprehensive informative site on the River Ogmore
Seiont,Gwyrfai and Llyfni Associations' web site
A cracking little site of an angling club based in North Wales who manages a wealth of fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout, Trout and Char.
Aberystwyth Angling Association
Website of an angling club which manages some super Sea trout fishing in Mid Wales and fantastic wild brown trout stillwater fisheries.
Angling Wales
Website with information on fishing in North Wales looking at Sea Trout fishing in particular.
Sea trout fishing in Wales
River Teifi's excellent web site - look at their information on catch and release
General information on sea trout fishing
simple flies for simple fishermen
A full range of traditional Welsh patterns and modern tyings as well as the materials for tying them.
Coch y bonddu Books, a Super range of books new and old aabout fishing and country pursuits
Float tubing association
Where to fish in Wales
Tour Of the Teifi
Tour of the tywi
Ceredigion's 'Anglers Welcome'
Ceredigion's 'Anglers Welcome' initiative provides anglers with a choice of quality accommodation - all inspected by the Wales Tourist Board and committed to welcoming anglers. Use Anglers Welcome accommodation bases whilst enjoying the whole range of angling offered within Ceredigion, including sea trout fishing on the Teifi, coarse fishing in stillwater fisheries, sea angling trips from Aberystwyth and beachcasting from the environs of beautiful Cardigan Bay beaches
Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association
Rhayader sits in the very heart of Wales, a friendly market town nestling on the banks of the Wye and the gateway to the spectacular Elan Valley lakes.
Rossett And Griffin Flyfishers Club
4 miles of fly only brown trout fishing on the river Alyn starting at Rossett 3 miles from Wrexham
Alma House, Sea Trout fishing with accommodation on the beautiful River Teifi
80 jam-packed pages of information, including a History of Fly-fishing, Stillwater Tactics, Trout Stream Insects, Fly Tying Tools etc.
Dolffanog Fawr Country House
Luxury accomodation in the Talyllyn Valley. River, Stillwater and Saltwater guiding available.
Bone Head Shirts
Great fishing T-Shirts from a Welsh company.
Cambrian Angling Association
The Cambrian Angling Association offers excellent lake fishing in wild surroundings.
G.H. Sporting
Tuition in all aspects of ‘Game fishing’ on an individual and small group basis throughout North Wales.
The specialists for wild fish in wild locations. We know the best places to go ...
The art of fly casting.
Fly casting and fly fishing tuition for Salmon and Trout. Member of the Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors
A list of Welsh rivers and the fishing available
Guiding and tuition on Wales finest rivers
Advanced School of Game Angling
Qualified to instruct in all aspects of salmon, trout & sea-trout angling and also fly dressing.
Environment Agency Wales – Rod License
A quick and easy way to purchase your Rod licence online.
Gliffaes Hotel
A lovely fishing hotel with water on the Usk.
National Federation of Anglers
The governing body for freshwater anglers in the UK.
River to River
River to River provide a unique opportunity to fish specially selected stretches of private waters on some of the finest rivers that weave their way through the beautiful heartland of West Wales.
North Wales Fly Fishing School
With 50 years total fishing, tuition, guiding, and tournament casting under our belts we hope to pass on the benefits derived from both our backgrounds and hard work and disciplines we have achieved over this period of time.
Fishing in Wales
A super site containing loads of info on all types of fishing in Wales.
Cymdeithas Pysgota Tregaron Angling Association
Fantastic Website of a mid / west Wales angling club offering fantastic wild fishing on the upper Teifi and in several beautiful lakes in the Cambrian Mountains.
The Severn Vyrnwy Project
The past 12 months has seen the start of a revitalising and innovative new land management scheme called the Severn Vyrnwy Project. It is working with the rural community in a move towards sustainable land management.
Anglers Conservation Association
As the name suggests, representing the conservation side of angling.
Mail order Fishing Flies
Derek Turner Fly Fishing Instructor
Derek is based in North Wales and offers Fly fishing tuition.
The Fly Shack
A shop and online store which cater for all the angler’s needs based in Llanelli in West Wales
Graiglwyd Springs
A super small stillwater venue in Penmaenmawr north Wales. Regular catches of double figure Rainbow trout happen at the venue.
Andrew Cartwright Game Angling
An information site about fishing in the Aberystwyth area
River to River- Unique guiding service
Barometric Fishing Watches from Salar Pursuits Ltd
Catch more salmon, trout and sea-trout using a Casio Barometric Watch.
Welsh Ladies Angling Division
A site dedicated to the Welsh Ladies Angling Division.
Civil Engineering Solutions
A company that specializes in grant aided projects for angling associations.
European Salmon Tour
The operation is composed by seven partners from six different countries under the leadership of Forshaga Municipality (Sweden).
Fishing in Kite Country
An illustrated guide to fishing, walking, wildlife conservation and other attractions in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, the country of the Red Kite
Cregennan Lakes
Two lakes set in stunning scenery near Dolgellau in Southern Snowdonia.
Dee Fishery Association
Llangollen Angling Association
Prime salmon sea-trout, brown trout and grayling fishing on the Welsh Dee in and around Llangollen town.
Get the right angle
Your complete angling marketing solution. Get the right angle is a partnership of leading professionals in their respective fields, who are also passionate anglers.

List of good Welsh Pike day-ticket waters.

Darren Lake, Ferndale
Caerphilly Castle Moat.
Bosherton Lily Ponds near Pembroke.
Llyn Aled, Denbigh Moors.
Bala Lake.
Pontsticill Reservoir, Merthyr Tydfil.
Tennant Canal, Neath/Swansea.
River Wye.
River Dee.

Tourist Information Guide for Fishing
in and around the Brecon Beacons

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