Spring Trouting on the River Usk

March the 3rd was the fishing opening day on the Welsh rivers for trout. Unfortunately for Fishtec employees this was during the week, so for us the fly fishing season could not start until the weekend!

The fly fishing gear was eagerly dusted off and we hit the local river Usk for a few hours. Marketing director Tim Hughes chose a river Usk beat near Brecon, and landed 9 nice wild trout, all on deeply fished nymphs tied on jig hooks. Check out his cool video using a GoPro here:

Tim captured his fish on an Airflo Streamtec nano rod, 10 foot rated 3/4 which is ideal for short line nymphing.

10 miles further upstream near Sennybridge, Ceri Thomas battled a brutal head on wind which made casting and line control extremely difficult, but still managed to land a nicely marked 15 inch brown trout on a deeply fished nymph, presented under an airlock strike indicator.

River Usk brown trout

River Usk brown trout

The conditions were still very cold and blustery, with few flies hatching in the upstream reaches to bring the fish near the surface. As the conditions warm up the fly hatches the river Usk is famed for will kick into life – and should provide some world class dry fly sport.

River Usk early spring

River Usk in early spring

For those looking to book an early season river fishing trip in Wales we recommend the Wye and Usk foundations booking office.  Their superb online system makes selecting and then paying for your chosen stretch extremely easy, with up to date river level information and anglers reports readily on hand.




Wye & Usk Vouchers at Fishtec!

Wye & Usk Foundation ‘Roving vouchers’  are now available at the Fishtec Fishing tackle Store in Brecon!

To purchase, just visit us in store at Brecon! A Booklet of 10 vouchers are available for just £26, tickets cannot be sold individually. Purchasing these vouchers can open up many waterways through Wales offering outstanding fishing and scenery.

Rules and Regulations

Roving Vouchers are only valid in the same calendar year they were purchased (except when buying vouchers specifically for the following year). No refunds or exchanges can be made should you be left with unused vouchers at the end of the year.

You must post the required number of vouchers in the box (as described in the Passport brochure) BEFORE FISHING. If an angler is found fishing without having posted vouchers, or having posted insufficient vouchers, he/she will be asked to leave the water. Once you have posted your vouchers you may fish that beat as many times as you want that day. If you want to fish a different beat in the same day, you will need to post further vouchers appropriate to the new beat.

Rod sharing is not permitted on Roving Voucher beats. Every angler present must have posted the required amount of vouchers.

It is a condition of use that all anglers must post a catch return after fishing, even if no fish have been caught.

Anglers must be aware of individual beat rules and EA byelaws before fishing and must abide by them at all times.

No dogs are permitted on any Roving Voucher Beat.

Visit the Wye and Usk foundation website or the WUF Passport booklet for more information on beats.