River Wye – wild brown trout and grayling

Lyn grayling fishing on the Upper Wye (Gromain & Upper Llanstephan beat)

A beautifully marked Wye brown trout

Recommended equipment:

  • 9ft, 4–5wt fly rod (dry fly fishing), 10ft, 4–5wt fly rod (wet fly fishing) and 10ft fly rod, 2-3wt (modern nymphing techniques)

  • Floating fly line and specialist Euro-nymph fly line/leader setups

  • Traditional river dry flies, North Country Spiders and weighted nymphs

  • A net, chest waders and a lightweight, waterproof wading jacket.

Techniques covered:

  • The correct approach, reading the water and productive times

  • Traditional upstream dry fly, wet fly fishing and modern nymphing

  • Wading, river craft and basic entomology.

Fancy a day’s brown trout or grayling fishing on the majestic River Wye?

Working in conjunction with the Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF), I provide a guiding service on some of the most productive beats of the Wye. There’s some wonderful trout fishing to be had, with the upper beats proving most popular. Tributaries Irfon, Lugg, Arrow and Monnow also hold healthy populations of trout.

Of course, the Wye also holds very healthy stocks of grayling offering great sport throughout the winter months. The Wye is a significantly larger river than the Usk and much of the upper reaches flow over bedrock making for beautiful scenery, but access can be challenging, with tricky wading. Felt soled waders with tungsten studs are advised, along with a wading staff.

I have an excellent knowledge of Abernant, Craig Llyn, Doldowlod, Dolgau, Gromain & Upper Llanstephan and Ty Newydd – all beats available via the WUF Passport booking system.

Seasons: 3rd March to 30th September (Trout), 16th June to 14 March (Grayling).

River Wye guided day. All tackle can be supplied, including chest waders. Note: fishing day permits and Environment Agency rod Licences are not included.
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