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Fishing RiverFishing in Brecon



Brown trout

These inhabit all unpolluted upland rivers, they may be seen during the summer months, breaking the surface of the water to take flies. These form part of their diet along with snails, insects, crustaceans and occasionally small fish.


The Usk is an important Salmon river.  Each year,between March and November fish, which are born in the river 1 to 3 years earlier, return from the North Atlantic ocean to spawn.
They lay their eggs in the river gravel during November and December.  The eggs hatch in May and the young fry swim out of the gravel to grow into parr and feed in the river for 1 to 2 years.  In the spring when the parr are about 4 inches long they turn silvery and as smolts swim out to sea to feed off the coasts of Greenland until returning to the river when mature.  Salmon may be seen leaping at  the Brecon weir during summer and autumn

Fishing on the river Usk - Llanfaes bridge to Gwennies lane

The Usk Valley, with its backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, contains a wealth of wildlife and scenic beauty. It is also one of Wales's finest game-fishing rivers. The river is fast-flowing and heavily wooded in its upper reaches, becoming a little more gentle and open as it passes Brecon. The Usk flows south through the town of Usk before sweeping west to enter the Bristol Channel at Newport.

Over most of the lower and middle river the access to the fishing is reasonably easy going, although in places the banks are steep.

The River Usk is now Wales's premier salmon river. It is also renowned for its wild brown trout, which average well over 1/2 lb. Salmon stocks on the Usk have benefited from the Environment Agency clamp-down on illegal fishing in the estuary. The recent North Atlantic salmon Fund-assisted buy-out of the last of the Usk salmon nets plus the buy-off of putcher stations in the Severn Estuary is also making a difference The river is also inhabited by many other species of fish, including minnows, the pollution sensitive Stone Loach and Bullheads, as well as the Twaite Shad, the rare Allis Shad, Eels, Lamprey, Sea Trout and Salmon. It is also the home of the elusive otter and the Kingfisher.   The river is re-stocked with brown trout.

Season dates and methods


Salmon: 3 Mar  to 17 Oct ;
Fly only until 1 June;
Fly, spinner or worm between 1 June and 15 Sept;
Fly and spinner only from 15 Sept to 17 Oct.

No maggots at any time
Two salmon per day limit
Sea Trout: 20 Mar. to 17 Oct. Methods as for salmon.

TROUT fishing by  FLY ONLY
Trout: 3 March to 30 Sept.

Note: Please check the Environment Agency Wales latest edition byelaws booklet before you go fishing, as changes may have occurred since our information was last updated.

Maps detailing the fishing ground are available from ticket vendors.


March 3rd Trout and Salmon season opens for fly fishing only, Salmon to be returned. June 1st Spinning season opens. June 16th Salmon may be taken. October 17th Season closes.

There is a bag limit of TWO fish daily

Fishing Permits

Brecon Usk Fishery Association - 2017 season
Fishing permits are available from the following
The Guildhall, High Street. Brecon, (entrance via Lion Street at rear of building)
Tel: 01874 622884

Brecon Pet and Garden Centre, 53/54 High Street Brecon
Tel: 01874 625913

The Hours Cafe, 15 Ship Street, Brecon
Tel: 01874 622800

Scale of charges

  • Daily trout and salmon - £15.00(both resident and non-resident)
  • Resident trout and salmon - Season Ticket - £30.00 (Brecon Town Rate Payers)
  • Non-resident trout and salmon - season ticket - £40.00
  • Concessionary permits - children up to 14 years - season ticket - £15.00
  • Disabled and oap's (residents & non residents) - season ticket - £20.00 (on production of pension book or disability identification card)
  • 3 day weekend ticket - £25.00

   Resident Instructor - Mr Kim Tribe - Website

All enquires
Mrs Fiona Williams - Town Clerk
Brecon Town Council, The Guildhall, Brecon,LD3 7LA
Tel : 01874 622884
Email : office@brecontowncouncil.org.uk