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.
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.