The fishing season started yesterday (3rd March – 30th September for trout and 17th October for salmon) and the Usk looked pretty good at Gliffaes, all be it, with pretty low flows, at about a foot above summer levels. We have had rain overnight so I expect the water to be higher today.
I took the opportunity to clear up the all the litter on the Gliffaes top beat, coming away with a good bag of plastic and the lone obligatory shoe. I will finish off this task over the next couple of days.
Early season fishing in the cold weather is not easy, the fish will not really start to move much before mid-morning and then only for short periods. Be careful not to spend too long over lunch.
This is the advice from the Wye and Usk Foundation newsletter from yesterday.
“Currently the rivers are low for the time of year and water still quite cold. For salmon fishers on the opening day, there is always the chance of a fish having pushed up earlier in the year and so we would not be surprised to hear of fish caught anywhere from Builth or Abergavenny downstream. The smart money however is on the lower beats of both rivers. There is a bottle for the first on each river so please email us.” So not much chance of a salmon at Gliffaes at present.
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We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.