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There are some 147 beats along the course of the river Usk. In yester year, fishermen and women would fish the same beat on the same day of the week throughout the season.

In 2003, the advent of the Passport Scheme run by the Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF)  opened up fishing all along the river and enables fishermen and women to gain access to fishing on the majority of the river.

To learn more about the WUF Passport Scheme click here.

The below map outlines a few key beats over the course of the river Usk. It shows the course of the river from its source high in the Brecon Beacons to the estuary at Newport. The map will allow you to zoom in to specific areas of the Usk and even gain directions to the beats illustrated.


In addition to the WUF Passport Scheme, there are fishing clubs and associations as well as websites that have information about fishing.

In addition, anyone can fly-fish for trout on the purchase of an 'Usk Town Water' permit from Sweets Fishing Tackle shop (Porthycarne Street, Usk NP15 1RY, phone 01291-672552).  Permits can be for one day, one week or one season. Jean Williams, who runs Sweets Fishing Tackle shop, is a great source of information about the state of the river. Jean may also be able to tell you about the private salmon fishing beats in the area and make links for you with owners.

What now follows is a selection of weblinks:

Fishing in Wales

Game Angling Instructors Association

It is available for help and advice on casting and fishing as well as qualified guides

Gwent Angling Society

GAS offers a good range of fishing in South East Wales on the Wye Usk and Sirhowy rivers.  In addition it offers the development of skills training and environmental awareness with skills fishing days, which are open to everyone.Although day tickets are not available you may contact the secretary through the website if interested in membership.

Go Fly Fishing in Wales

Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association

MTAA offers a superb range of fishing in beautiful surroundings, and for many different fishing styles and species.  The Association owns three miles of the Usk between Crickhowell and Abergavenny – namely Mardy,  Ysbytty and Kemeys — one mile of the Tarrell at Libanus and approximately fifteen miles of the  Taf Fechan/Taff.  In addition it controls by lease numerous reservoirs (Pontsticill, Dolygaer, Neuadd and Talybont) and ponds.

Usk Fishing Association

The Chairman
The Estate Office
Glanusk Park

Tel. 01873 810414

Join the UFA and help to safeguard the future of the River Usk.