We cannot stress enough the importance of making quick and accurate catch returns, even if nothing has been caught. Catch returns can be made quickly via our online form for waters that both participate in the Passport and those that do not.

Monday 7 March 2022

4:03 pm

Whitney Court : Visiting angler reported catching his PB Pike at 20lb 3oz on beat 6 Yesterday.

Friday 21 January 2022

9:31 am

Trelough Pool has now reopened for 2022 bookings

Monday 26 July 2021

10:33 am


While neither river received any rain, water temperatures have thankfully dropped following the cooler weather over the weekend. The forecast for the rest of this week is for these more “normal” conditions to continue.

For Passport-participating fisheries, this means that river Wye coarse fishing can resume on Tuesday 27th July.

However, it is vital that anglers follow good catch and release practice during the current conditions, especially those targeting barbel. This means playing fish hard and getting them to the net as soon as you can.

Any exposure to the air after capture will reduce their chances of survival so we ask all anglers not to hold fish up for photos for the time being. If possible, unhook them in the net and release them into water that is cooler and faster flowing. We appreciate that this isn’t always possible but we urge anglers to try to find swims which allow them to practice these good C&R practices. We would also like to remind anglers that keep nets are not permitted at any time on any Passport-participating waters.

Other Wye fisheries that do not participate in the Passport will be making their own decisions on reopening. However, Angling Dreams are also restarting their river fishing fully tomorrow with the same conditions as above.

Thank you for your patience and our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the previous closure.

The Fishing Passport.

Friday 16 July 2021

1:56 pm


Water temperatures have been rising on both rivers this week and will continue to do so in the heatwave that is predicted over the weekend.

Dissolved oxygen levels will be dropping too and as a result, we would like to remind all anglers that it is especially important to practice good catch & release techniques in such conditions. This means playing and releasing fish as quickly as possible without ever taking them out of the water.

Salmon are the most susceptible species to low oxygen levels and fishing for them has now been suspended on all Wye & Usk beats that participate in the Passport. Should tempertaures rise much further, it may be necessary to extend the suspension to coarse fishing too. 

While decisions may be taken at short notice, if we have to take any action we will try to give anglers as much warning as possible. If your booking is affected by a fishery closure, a full refund for ticket(s) will be offered, or the chance to rebook later in the season.

We apologise in advance ant inconvenience is caused but we are sure you will agree that fish welfare is a priority.

Monday 12 April 2021

10:26 am

COVID UPDATE: The Wales/England border is now open so Fishing Passport bookings are operating as normal. Please remember to follow COVID advice and be aware that future restrictions on travel could be imposed if infection rates rise again.

Wednesday 7 April 2021

12:20 pm

COVID UPDATE: Fishing Passport beats are now open for online bookings. However, although restrictions within England and Wales have been eased, please note that cross-border travel is not permitted for exercise or recreation (i.e. fishing) at least until April 12th. We will update this message as soon as travel between England and Wales has been confirmed as possible again.

Friday 26 February 2021

5:30 pm

The current expectation is a resumption of being able to travel for fishing in England on the 29th of March. Meanwhile, in Wales some relaxing of the rules is hoped for on the 15th March

The Passport will remain closed online for now but we are accepting telephone bookings. Please be aware though that we are still running a limited Booking Office so the lines may be busy.

More details.

Thursday 7 January 2021

5:46 pm

Despite confirmation by the Westminster Government that fishing constitutes exercise, restrictions on movement remain in place with travel only permitted with your locality (village, town or area of city). This means that for the vast majority, fishing Passport beats is not possible within the rules and we have therefore decided to remain closed for the time being.

Please note that while Passport fisheries are closed they cannot be viewed on the Fishing Passport website, nor can their catch returns.

Once a date for the end of lockdown has been confirmed by Welsh and Westminster Governments, we will reopen the fisheies for bookings. For the latest information, please see the Wye & Usk Foundation's "COVID-19 Latest" webpage.

Tuesday 5 January 2021

1:28 pm

The new lockdown in England proscribes any 'leisure or recreation.' This, along with the Tier 4 lockdown in Wales means that all Fishing Passport beats are closed until further notice. Advance bookings will not restart until confirmation of the easing of lockdown restirctions has been confirmed by the Westminster and Welsh Governments. For the latest information, please see the Wye & Usk Foundation's "COVID-19 Latest" webpage.

Friday 6 November 2020

6:14 pm

COVID-19 Update

With the start of the 4-week lockdown in England yesterday and the end of the Welsh firebreak on Monday 9th, we have issued an update on Passport fishing which can be found here.

Monday 19 October 2020

7:15 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the announcement today that a 2-week lockdown will begin in Wales from 6pm on Friday 23rd October, Welsh Fishing Passport beats will close for bookings during that time. Beats in England remain unaffected. See here for more details. 

Saturday 4 July 2020

9:28 am

Mid Ballingham and Fownhope 8: a suprise for Charlie McBridge who hooked a monster and played it for 45 mins before landing a common Carp of 18lbs He went on to land a barbel (8lbs) 

Friday 3 July 2020

2:36 pm

COVID-19 Update - following the First Minister's announcement today of the lifting of travel restrictions from next week, we will begin to reopen Welsh Passport fisheries for online bookings as of Monday. Please bear with us as it may take a few hours to reopen all of them.

Friday 19 June 2020

4:40 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the First Minister's announcement today, Welsh Passport fisheries will remain bookable only for those "local" to each fishery via telephone until July 6th at the earliest.

Thursday 11 June 2020

12:14 pm

Fownhope 5 : Beat now available for the opening day, 16th June. Book online or call 01874 712074

Monday 8 June 2020

9:04 pm

Trelough Pool: A great day for Dan Chance.....11lb Common, 6 3/4 and 5 3/4 bream on pellet. 2 small roach, 5 1/2 and 4lb bream on corn. 

Tuesday 2 June 2020

8:04 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: Some Passport fisheries in Wales have reopened for "local" anglers only. Bookings are by telephone only. For more details, please see here.

Saturday 23 May 2020

8:27 am

Trelough Pool: Great day for John Cheyne: 7 carp, all but one over 10lbs 

Tuesday 12 May 2020

5:11 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: Bookings for Fishing Passport beats in England to resume from Wednesday 13th May. See here for more details.

Sunday 10 May 2020

7:50 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following today's announcement on the changes to lockdown measures in England (but not Wales), the Passport will remain closed to bookings for time being. We will be reviewing the situation tomorrow following the release of further details from the Government.  

Thursday 26 March 2020

10:20 am

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ANGLERS: Following yesterday evening's clarity from the Government on what constitutes non-essential travel, we are closing the Passport to bookings with immediate effect. Please note that the booking system will allow you to place tickets into your basket but will not allow you to proceed to the checkout.

Full refunds will be available to anybody who has made a booking while the current restrictions are in place.

We will review the situation when the latest rules on movement change. In the meantime, thank you for your support and we hope that you stay safe. 

Thursday 27 February 2020

1:32 pm

Holme Lacy 4 & The Elms : Good news! The owner has now made Saturdays available on this beautiful beat.

Friday 31 January 2020

9:49 am

Upper Canon Bridge : New in 2020, the barbed wire river fence has been removed and the bank side vegetation that has caused access problems in the past will be managed for the forthcoming season.

Monday 27 January 2020

5:36 pm

How Caple Court : Tough day with cold, rising and coloured water after heavier than expected overnight rain.  A nice Chub came early on and a mid double Pike late afternoon. Love the venue and hope to be back in more favourable conditions. 

3:30 pm

Middle Wye : A happy angler on Saturday 25th Jan 2020. "After 20 minutes ledgering and trotting a deadbait though the first swim I went into, I switched to a lure, a Savage Gear 3D trout. 4th cast, bang. Knew it was a good fish, it weighed in at 21lb 5oz. Happy days :) "