New last year is the Upper Wye Passport, a roving voucher system allowing you to fish for wild trout, salmon and winter grayling in the delightful head waters and tributaries of the Wye.
River and stream fishing is extremely challenging, especially in the smaller tributaries.
Miles of unspoilt 'beats' are now available on some of Britain's prettiest stretches of river thanks to the work of the Wye Usk Foundation and the owners.
Vouchers and maps of where the fishing beats are located are all available from Fforest Fields. All you have to do is bring a current Rod Licence, available at most Post Offices. Rover vouchers cost 3.00 each and most beats require four vouchers for adults (2 for under 14's) e.g. 12.00 per day/beat (or 6.00).
Clear instructions and detailed maps are given in the guide although it's probably wise to bring a good ordinance survey map too. (147 & 148)
Thigh waders are normally sufficient although chest waders could be needed on some beats in some conditions. Studs are a wise precaution when fishing as rocks can be very slippery.
Bag limit is two trout per beat per day (minimum 9 inches) although some beats are catch and release only. Barbless hooks only as these streams contain many salmon and trout parr that seem to take flies however presented!
|Salmon Rules||3rd March - 17th October (25th on some rivers.)
Fly start to end of season
Spinning start to 31st August
Catch and Release (mandatory) start - 15th June
Catch and Release (voluntary) 16th June - end of season.
|Brown Trout||3rd March - 30th September
Catch and Release - anything under 9 inches
Bag limit - 2
|Grayling||16th June - 15th March
Fly only during remaining trout season (e.g. 16th June - 30th September)
|Coarse Fishing||16th June - 15th March - On the Wye only.|
Fishing on the Wye and Irfon at Builth Wells is also available through the local fishing club. For fishing tackle, bait and helpful information please contact Nigel at NJ Guns in Builth Wells, 01982 55 2174 or via his website www.njguns.co.uk
River fishing on the Upper Wye is also available through the Rhayader Anglers and you can contact them on 01597 81109
There are several lakes in the surrounding areas, some privately owned, some run by fishing clubs. All are available to day fishermen.
- Hundred House: Mervyn Price - 01982 570338
- Painscastle: Tom Nicholls - 01497 851222
- Builth Wells: Mike Morgan - Llyn Alarch lake - 01982 551396
- Llandrindod Wells: Llandrindod Lake - 01597 824249 or 01597 822626
- Rhayader: Mr. Price - Llyn Gwyn lake - 01597 810491 (call evenings only)
- Rhayader: Elan Valley Reservoirs - 01597 810898.