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Christmas Afternoon Teas

Christmas Afternoon Teas 1st December – 27th December 2019 While we can’t promise you snow when you visit our hotel in the Brecon Beacons for a Christmas Afternoon Tea, we can guarantee a log fire in the sitting room, a beautifully decorated house, and a festive take on our delicious buffet tea.  Add some Prosecco,...

06 November 2017

What is happening to Salmon in the Usk?

The End of the Reign of the King of Fish? At the beginning of the month I attended the annual Welsh seminar of  Salmon & Trout Conservation UK which was titled, ‘Can We Save the Atlantic Salmon?’  A rather doom laden title but the state of the Atlantic salmon is certainly hanging in the balance...

18 April 2019

What Is Happening To Salmon In The Usk?

At the beginning of the month I attended the annual Welsh seminar of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK which was titled, ‘Can We Save the Atlantic Salmon?’

18 April 2019

What’s the River Usk looking like at the start of the Fishing Season

Some observations on the state of the Usk at Gliffaes   The opening day of the fishing season will soon be upon us, Sunday March 3rd is the official start of the season on the Usk. The season runs until the end of September for trout and till the 17th October for salmon fishing. I...

27 February 2019

A (bleak) summary of the Salmon Season on the Usk 2018

The conditions on the river Usk during the 2018 fishing season were extreme: very high flows early on and then late in the season with drought conditions through much of the summer. This made for terrible conditions for salmon fishing. The estimate is that about 160 salmon were caught on the whole of the Usk...

29 November 2018

What's the River Usk like in this hot spell?

I am sure it has not escaped anyone’s notice that we have not had any rain for some weeks now and this has had obvious impacts on the flow on the river Usk. Looking at the height of the river today it is about 2 inches below normal summer flow levels. (Please bear in mind...

17 July 2018

5 Reasons to join our Improvers Fly Fishing Course

5 Reasons to join our Improvers Fly Fishing Courses (8th-10th June and 16th – 18th July  2018) We have been running fly-fishing courses at our hotel in the Brecon Beacons for more than ten years now and have even been awarded  The Fishing Hotel of 2018 by The Good Hotel Guide. Being situated 150 feet above...

04 March 2018

Fly Fishing Begins on the Usk

Fishing Season has started on the Usk With a relatively dry January and February I was beginning to pray for rain, the importance of rain in the winter on the flow of the river in summer is crucial. The boggy uplands of the Usk catchment soak up the winter rain, like a sponge, and then...

10 March 2017

An Interview with Our Talented Ghillie: Frank Williams

The fishing season is almost upon us and who better to chat to in preparation than our fantastic ghillie, Frank? After many years ghilling for guests at Gliffaes, Frank Williams is a familiar face around the hotel and runs our fantastic fishing courses. Frank is an FFF MCI (Fly Fishing Federation certified Master Casting Instructor)...

03 March 2017

What are the prospects for the start of the Fishing Season?

This bit of useful early season fishing information comes courtesy of the Wye and Usk Foundation : With just a week to go before the opening of the new trout and salmon season, it’s an opportune moment to assess prospects. By contrast with last year, we have had plenty of rainfall linked with above average temperatures...

26 February 2016

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