Wild brownies – River Wye and Usk


Recommended equipment:

  • 9ft, 4-5wt fly rod (dry fly fishing), 10ft, 4-5wt fly rod (wet fly fishing) and 10ft, 2-3wt (Euro-nymphing)
  • Floating fly line and/or Euroleader setup
  • Traditional river dry flies, spiders/wets and nymphs
  • A net, chest waders and a lightweight, waterproof wading jacket.

Techniques covered:

  • The correct approach, reading the water and productive times
  • Traditional techniques, including upstream dry fly, wet fly,
    spider fishing and Euro-nymphing
  • Wading techniques, river craft and basic entomology.

Fancy a day’s fly-fishing on the River Wye or Usk?

Working in conjunction with the Wye and Usk Foundation, I’m able to provide a guiding service on some of the most productive stretches on these world famous rivers. The Usk is one of the best freestone trout rivers in the country is renowned for it’s wild brown trout – fish over 18″ are common and some grow over 3lb.

Fishing is best during the early part of the season (March to June), when anglers experience excellent dry fly and spider fishing, taking advantage of the prolific fly hatches, including the march brown, large dark olive and grannom sedges. As summer progresses, early morning and evening become more productive, as the spinner and sedge hatches provide exciting fishing opportunities late into the evening. Come September, the day time fishing improves again before the first signs of Autumn bring the season to a close.

The Wye also offers some wonderful trout fishing, with the upper beats (upstream of Hay-on-Wye) proving most popular. Tributaries Irfon, Lugg, Arrow and Monnow all hold healthy populations of trout.

The vast array of waters throughout the Wye and Usk system offer a lifetime’s worth of opportunities for the fly-fisherman.

Season: 3rd March to 30th September.

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Guiding on the Wye and Usk

One-to-one service for up to 8 hours (depending on conditions). If necessary, all tackle can be supplied, including chest waders (subject to size availability).
Fishing permits and Environment Agency Rod Licence are not included.
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