Forming the border between England and Wales for much of its length, the Monnow starts life in the hills around Hay Bluff, flowing for approximately 26 miles in a general southerly direction before entering the Wye at Monmouth.
Named in Welsh Myn-wy - literally “by the Wye” - it is the first major tributary of the Wye and was historically known as “one of the very best trout streams in south Britain” (The Field 1904). This bold claim is still upheld by those who fish it regularly. Grayling are also present in many of the middle and lower reaches. Until recently much of the Monnow was relatively private and therefore frustratingly unavailable to visiting anglers. However, alongside extensive habitat restoration schemes undertaken by the Monnow Fisheries Association in partnership with the Wye & Usk Foundation, much more of the river has been opened up.
Monnow Booking Office beats are shown as orange markers on the map to the right, Wild Stream beats are shown with grey markers.