The River Monnow at Longtown offers classic upland fly fishing set against the jagged backdrop of the Black Mountains. Fly hatches on this medium to small sized stretch of the river can be spectacular, including the mayflies of late spring and early summer. Wild brown trout are plentiful, averaging 10”/11” but with more than several fish of over 1lb caught each season.

The Upper Beat is small at just around ½ mile and mostly single bank fishing. Due to its size the beat is only suitable for a few hours fishing.

Peering over the bridge that marks the start, the Monnow looks a relatively small stream here. Yet this stretch has some very deep, tempting pools that hold many good sized trout and the occasional grayling.

The beat is ideally fished with a 6.5 to 8ft, 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.
  • Flyfishing only
  • Catch & release for all species
  • Dogs allowed but must be kept under control at all times

Availability & Booking

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Ticket Price Info
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Trout (River)
Full Day £11.00