Record-breaking grayling on the Wye, the River Usk with some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country and a sprinkling of well-stocked reservoirs and lakes make fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in Brecon Beacons National Park.
Whether you are looking for coarse or game fishing, in river, canal, lake or reservoir you will find many fisheries to choose from and a selection of country hotels that offer a special welcome to the outdoor sportsman. You can download Fishing in the Brecon Beacons -a guide.
Detailed and up to date information on the angling sites, and where to obtain licenses and permits is available from the Tourist Information Centres, Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru, Environment Agency and from Fishing in Wales.
Fishing Wales has huge amounts of information on fishing in Wales. It has much of interest to anglers as well as an online booking system for accommodation.
The Wye rises at almost 700m (2200 feet) above sea level in the remote Cambrian Mountains. From there it journeys for 260km (160 miles), touching the Park around Hay-on-Wye before flowing on and into the Severn Estuary at Chepstow. The coarse fisherman can expect barbel, chub, roach and dace or one of the big predatory perch and pike that lurk in the deep pools. Day tickets can be purchased for most reaches.
The Wye and Usk Foundation is a registered charity concerned with restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. Here you will find information about how to fish the Wye and Usk through the famous "Wye & Usk Passport", educational material, related links, in fact almost all you would ever need to know about the foundation or the two rivers.
Talybont Reservoir nestles in the forested Caerfanell Valley, a short distance from the village of Talybont-on-Usk. It has a reputation as a productive brown trout fishery. Fishing permits can be obtained on site from a machine at the water treatment works. Contact Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru for further information.
This is spectacularly sited at 320m (1050 feet) above sea level at the head of the Usk Valley. It is in a quiet and remote area of the Park and nestles under the scarp faces of the Carmarthen Fans. An excellent trout fishery, permits are available from a machine located near the dam wall.
There are Pike, Perch, Roach, Bream and Eels in the lake. Except for the under 16's you will need a day permit, available from Lakeside Shop. Fishing is only from boats which can be hired from the same shop. A licence from the Environment Agency is needed for coarse and non-migratory trout. These are available from most Post Offices.
Running alongside the River Usk is a narrow and picturesque canal where anglers who prefer the pace of slow flowing waters can fish for trout, carp, dace and perch. The towpath at Talybont provides for wheelchair access. Fishing licenses can be obtained locally from the Canal & River Trust office at The Dock Office, Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EB (Tel: 03030 404040).