• A group on a fishing course her at our hotel in Crickhowell

Fishing Courses At Gliffaes

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We have been running fly-fishing courses at our hotel here in the Brecon Beacons for more than fifteen years and were awarded Fishing Hotel of 2019 by the Good Hotel Guide.

What courses do we offer?

BEGINNERS: 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. No prior experience or personal equipment is required. The first day of the course will be spent understanding the basic theory of fly-fishing and getting to grips with casting a fly by practising on the lawns and later, down on the river. On the second day, Saturday, we will take you to a trout lake near Usk to put your casting into practice without having to concentrate on wading and thinking about river craft. This has proved to be a very successful idea and also means you will get a chance to feel what it is like to have a fish on the end of your line. Sunday will be spent back on the river at Gliffaes with one to one coaching from Frank.

Fishing Courses in 2019

Beginners Fly Fishing in South Wales

10th, 11th and 12th May 2019

13th, 14th and 15th  September 2019

Weather and water permitting all courses will start at around 10am on the first day. Maximum of 6 students per course.

Watch a short video of a beginners course in action.

Course Leaders

All courses are led by Frank Williams, an APGAI qualified fly fishing instructor (Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor). Frank’s style of instruction is clear and uncomplicated. He believes that fly fishing in Wales is about having fun and appreciating the unique view of the river and the countryside that this engaging sport provides.


All our three day courses cost £350. This includes 3 days of instruction, any equipment you may need (although we may not have waders for everyone) and all refreshments including lunch every day. Costs DO NOT include any accommodation. This leaves you free to book whatever room you wish. Single or double, small or large. The cost of the course is payable on booking and in the event of you being forced to cancel we will only refund the cost if we can re-sell your place on the course. All courses are open to non-residents.

Terms and Conditions

The course fee is payable on booking and will become non-refundable 90 days before the start of the course. If we can re-sell the cancelled place on the course we will refund you the full amount less £10 for administration.

Where will I be staying?

Gliffaes Country House Hotel sits above the banks of the River Usk, surrounded by beautiful grounds. You will be well cared for in one of the luxurious rooms at out Brecon hotel. With delicious locally sourced food and an extensive wine list, you can be sure of a relaxing stay.

For more information on our fishing courses, or to book, please give us a call on 01874 730 371.

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