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.

Tuesday 9 August 2022

4:16 pm

9th Aug 2022 : The water temperatures in the main Usk below Crickhowell and Wye below Builth Wells are currently above the safe levels for fishing salmonids and the daily air temperatures in the WUF region are continuing to increase this week through the weekend. Therefore, the fishing for salmonids (and pike) on the River Usk below Crickhowell and Wye below Builth Wells is to be closed as of midnight tonight, 9 August 2022, through midday Friday 19th August 2022 next week.  During this period, river temperatures will be monitored daily by the WUF team and if it is felt that they have dropped into a safe zone (18 degrees and below) and that the reduced water levels are not further stressing the fish population, we may revisit the decision to keep the fisheries closed. Equally, if the waters have not reduced in temperature to safe levels for salmonids this closure may be extended. Thank you for your help in safeguarding our rivers.

Monday 26 July 2021

10:43 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 Wye and Usk trout fishing can also resume on Tuesday 27th July.

River trout and grayling generally become very difficult to catch in warm July and August conditions and usually only become active in the last hour of daylight. During the day trout tend to inhabit the faster, higher-oxygen white water where they are catchable using the right tactics.

However, while we are reopening the fishing, trout and grayling anglers are advised not to book river fishing until the conditions improve. There is some great upland llyns to explore in the meantime, which are usually at their best at this time of year. Reservoir fishing remains unaffected too.

Thank you for your patience and our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Fishing Passport.

Wednesday 9 June 2021

11:55 am

Wye & Usk: We have received another report of a fish with fungal infection. The below photo taken by an angler on the Usk near Llangynidr yesterday shows what apears to be a small diseased salmon. The prolonged cold water temperatures of spring have probably contributed to more cases this year although seeing diseased fish this late in the year is uncommon.

If you witness diseased fish and/or fish in distress, please report it to Natural Resources Wales or Environment Agency, as well as informing us.

More information is availlable on the Foundation website, from Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency.

Tuesday 8 June 2021

2:08 pm

The rivers have been quite tough going in the early part of June. Despite both Wye and Usk having a fair amount of water in them, we seem to have switched very quickly to summer conditions with evenings giving the best chances of finding rising fish. Otherwise, nymphs and spiders seems to be the go-to during the day.

Below: Nice trout from the river Honndu (Monnow trib).

Monday 17 May 2021

9:52 am

Intense downpours put both rivers into spate over the weekend and places to fish will be few and far between for a couple more days at least. The upper Usk will be the first of the main stem fishing to come into play but before that, some of the faster, upland tributaries of both rivers might offer an opportunity by later today or tomorrow. On the Wye, streams such as the Edw will be one of the first to become fishable while over in the Usk catchment, the Cilieni and Crai. The reservoirs and upland llyns are providing some very good fishing at the moment and are more than just a river alternative while the levels are high.

Before the weekend hawthorn flies and some of the first olive uprights were being reported. The yellow mays will soon start hatching in numbers too, as will blue winged olives. It will be interesting to see when the first mayflies are sighted.

The crescendo of this year's river trout fishing is almost here. Let's hope the rain eases a little to allow everyone to enjoy it although the forecast is for more rain at the end of this week. Keep an eye on the webcams - the Lugg one is now showing the correct images.

(photos left to right: 2lb Usk brown from Abercynrig, Olive upright, Yellow may

Thursday 13 May 2021

12:16 pm

Llwyn On Reservoir : Capacity has increased today on this popular fishery from 30 to 40 tickets available.

Tuesday 4 May 2021

12:36 pm

A tough weekend on both rivers and still waters - cold, bright conditions followed by the obligatory bank holiday storm!

One angler did manage to break their Usk curse of 1 fish in 8 trips with 14 to just over 2lbs from the Dinas beat on Sunday. The Usk is often said to be a fickle river. It has the potential to give you a trout fishing day of your life while at other times, you'd swear there wasn't a fish in it. The Wye also threw up a surprise last Friday with a salmon angler at Wyesham catching a fin-perfect 8-9lb rainbow!

The weather of the coming week is looking unsettled but anglers shouldn't be put off. The higher, more coloured water often provides better fishing than the previous low and clear conditions. The wind will be the main issue.

Some improvements to access at the Ashford House (Usk) beat were made over the weekend - mostly stile repair and a new crossing point over a large ditch. Some of the banks are still steep and this otherwise wonderful fishery and it will still not be to everyone's liking but at least getting along the bank has been made considerably easier!

Monday 26 April 2021

3:42 pm

Some decent reports from the weekend but also some anglers that were affected by picnickers, swimmers and dogs going in after sticks. Unfortunately, this will be an almost inevitable side effect this spring and summer as lockdowns continue to ease but with people still not able to travel abroad.


Some March Brown (photo below left) hatches have been reported in the past week. Good grannom hatches are still happening on the mid/lower Usk too.Both rivers and their tribs are now extremely low. Any trout fishers looking to get out in the next few days might be best advied to stick to the main stem fisheries. The good news is that there is some rain forecast later this week - at last!


One angler fishing the Usk near Brecon commented the quality of the trout with every fish caught being around the 2lb mark and asked whether this was due to a recent stocking. Thankfully, very little stocking of trout takes place on the Usk these days (it doesn't need it!) and these are almost certainly all wild fish. Another angler fishing much further downstream the weekend before had much the same experience with most of his 7 trout in the 1 3/4lb to 2/b range.

Friday 23 April 2021

11:22 am

Bright conditions, low water, early morning frosts and easerly winds all added up to some quite tough fishing in the past few days. Despite that, some good hatches of Brook duns have been reported from both rivers and some decent catches made. The bulk of the grannom appear to have finished now. Rain and warmer weather are forecasted next week. Both are needed!

Monday 19 April 2021

2:46 pm

The prolonged low levels and cold water this spring are ideal conditions for salmon and trout fungal infections to proliferate in rivers. The Environment Agency have issued advice on what to do if you come across a diseased fish. See here for more details.

10:44 am

Generally tough fishing over the weekend in the bright conditions, especially on the smaller rivers and streams where water levels are extremely low. Some middle Usk beats reported good hatches of grannom, while on the mid/upper beats large dark olives, brook dunns and smaller olives were more prevalent. Hatches on the Wye appear to have been more sparse. 

It would probably be best to stick to main river beats while the dry spring conditions prevail, which are forecasted to for the next 2 weeks at least.

Oliver Burch's March trout fishing report is here.

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

6:07 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

7:12 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. See here for more details.

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

4:39 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.

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.

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. 

Monday 23 March 2020

11:59 am

Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru have made the decision to close their reservoir fishing until further notice. Llwyn-onn, Beacons, Usk and Llandegfedd are closed with immediate effect.