The fishing season opened on the Usk last Thursday with the river looking in a good state and at an average height for the time of year. A cold north east wind has been blowing ever since, but when the wind stops and the weak spring sun comes out so the large dark olives. We have had good hatches from about midday onwards and should continue to do so for most of March.
Frank Williams, who will be guiding on the river for guests this year and running our fly fishing for beginners courses, went down and fished the middle beat on the opening day and had some success. He caught one trout and lost another on an olive emerger pattern (something he tied himself and describes as a cross between a klink hammer and an adams).
Lower down on the Usk four or five salmon were caught, with the biggest fish reportedly weighing in at around 26lbs with the others all in the mid-teens. I don’t think we will see salmon at Gliffaes until we have significantly more water in the river. However, if it is wild brownies you are after then this is the place to come.