For over ten years we have been running fly-fishing courses at Gliffaes Hotel. For 2013 we have added more courses for anglers who want to improve their skills. If you are a beginner learning to fish at Gliffaes, the Usk will spoil you; this section of the Usk is one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country and is home to a healthy stock of wild brown trout. If you can catch trout here the chances are you will be able to catch trout anywhere else in the country. This could be the start of a whole new adventure.
On the other hand, you already have some fly fishing skills but are looking to build upon your dry fly technique; you will learn the tactics that will help you catch fish on those bright days, to fish with a nymph, or fish ‘the duo’ (a combination of a nymph and a dry fly on the same leader) or how to catch fish in fast running water.
All the courses will be led by Frank Williams, an APGAI qualified fly fishing instructor (Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor). Frank has a passion for trout, fly fishing and the river Usk. He loves sharing his knowledge of fly fishing, which he has built up over many years. His style of instruction is clear and uncomplicated and he believes that fly-fishing is about having fun and appreciating the unique view of the river and the countryside that this engaging sport provides. Have a look at Frank’s website – www.frankwilliamsflyfishing.co.uk
Not sure if you are ready to commit for 3 days? Come along on one of our early season open days to meet Frank and get some advice. See below
June 3rd, 4th and 5th
June 28th, 29th and 30th
August 12th, 13th and 14th
May 6th, 7th and 8th
May 10th, 11th and 12th
Sept 6th, 7th and 8th
Come and meet Frank Williams at our two Early Season Events, see which course is right for you get some one to one advice and lunch.
At the start of the 2013 fishing season (March 3rd on the Usk) we are hosting two events, both over weekends, to get the season underway. This will be a great chance to meet Frank Williams, have a look at the Usk and find out which of the courses on offer will be best for you.
Come along on either day between 10am and 4pm and have your casting technique ironed out by Frank on the lawn at Gliffaes. He will also have a selection of new rods and fly lines that you might like to try as well. If you are interested in coming on any of our courses this will be the chance to ask any questions or perhaps book Frank for a day’s one to one guiding or instruction.
There will be a free light lunch on offer between 1 and 2pm. Please ring us to let us know that you would like to attend and on what day.
On both of these days Frank will be running a morning and an afternoon session for six anglers per session. After a brief spell on the lawn it is down to the river for some one to one instruction. This will be your chance to tell Frank what aspect of your fly fishing you are keen to improve upon and he can help you there and then or recommend which course would be right for you. This will be a great chance to get a feel for the Usk, have a look at Gliffaes if you have not visited before and to meet Frank.
The cost of the open day will be £25, which includes a light lunch. If you book one of the courses the fee will be refunded.
Please call us to book a session and specify which date and whether you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session. Lunch will be served at 1pm in the hotel.
Gliffaes Hotel on the banks of the river Usk just outside the town of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons National Park has been welcoming fisher folk since 1948. We are the only four star hotel in the National Park and the same family has run the hotel since its inception. You can find out all about us by following the links above or just simply give us a ring. 01874 730 371
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.