The Escley is a high gradient, fast-flowing upland trout stream that flows off the eastern edge of the Black Mountains into the Monnow at Longtown. With its habitat recently restored, the river is a delightful sequence of pools interspersed with fast shallow water over the largely bedrock riverbed. The river contains a high number and average size of trout and combined with a stunning location, is prime upland trout fishing. Like other Monnow streams, the Escley enjoys a decent mayfly hatch. One note of caution is the high number of watergates which can be tricky to negotiate. Also, due to the rocky nature of the stream, studded soles to your waders is highly recommended. Approx. ½ mile (0.8km) in length. This beat is the upper half of the beat formally known as Middle Escley.

Ideally fished with a 6½-7½ft, 2 to 4wt rod.

IMPORTANT : Anglers booking this stretch should be aware that native crayfish are present and as always, good biosecurity measures are essential. If any anglers spot any dead crayfish please report immediately to the Environment Agency incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60.


Rules and Regulations
  • National bye-laws must be observed and it is up to anglers to familiarise themselves with these.
  • Catch & release for all species
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Flyfishing only

Availability & Booking

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Ticket Price Info
Max number of tickets per day:
2
Block booking price:
£27.00
Trout (River)
Full Day £13.50