From the Usk reservoir, the Usk (Welsh name:“Wysg”) flows in an easterly direction through stunning scenery, passing to the north of the Brecon Beacons before starting to take a more southerly bearing through Abergavenny and the town of Usk itself, joining the Bristol Channel at Newport. As well as being a premier Welsh salmon river, the Usk is also acclaimed as one of the best wild trout rivers in the UK, capable of producing brown trout up to five pounds in weight with the average fish being around a pound. It is worth noting, however, that unlike its neighbour, the Wye, the Usk does not hold any grayling.
The salmon run on the Usk is slightly later than the Wye, with the bulk of the catches coming from May/June onwards but there are springers to be found too. Early season salmon fishing tends to be confined to the lower reaches but from June onwards, salmon can be found as far upriver as
In addition to the main river, the Usk has plenty of first class trout fishing on offer in its tributaries, many of which are available to book through the Wild Streams.
Usk Booking Office beats are shown as orange markers on the map to the right, Wild Stream beats are shown with grey markers.
No right of navigation exists on the Usk. There are access arrangements in place on the main stem from Sennybridge to Crickhowell. A summary of these can be found here.