The fishing season on the river Usk, above which the hotel stands, runs from 3rd March to 30th September for brown trout. For those hardy types looking for fly-fishing in the winter you can try your hand fishing for Grayling on the Wye, taking advantage of the Wye and Usk Fishing Passport scheme.
If you have never tried this exciting winter sport then my suggestion is you fix yourself up with one of our guides to take you over to the Wye for the day and let them introduce you to the sport and to where the Grayling are to be found. It is about a 30-40 minute drive over to the Wye from Gliffaes.
Grayling or “lady of the stream” are a very attractive and exciting fish to target, not only through the winter months but in late summer as well.
Although fishing methods for grayling are very similar to trout methods their feeding behaviour is different. Tending to favour nymphs, caddis larvae and shrimps before surface feeding. That said, when they are feeding on the surface, they will hit a fly at speed and from great depths. This makes fishing for them very exciting.
To get the most out of your session, fly selection is important. You want flies to get down to the fish. Weighted nymphs with tungsten beads or leaded shrimp patterns work well. Surface patterns need to imitate naturals. Fishing methods like klink and dink can be very effective covering both surface and sub-surface feeders.
If you’re a beginner or a well-seasoned angler, we can cater to your needs and hook you up with a professional guide for the day.
There’s nothing better than a frosty start, exiting fishing and ending your day by a roaring fire in the bar.
If you would like to learn more about fishing for grayling or indeed book a day out on one of the many rivers in and around south/mid wales with one of our qualified guides, please contact us.
Gliffaes will be closed until 3rd March.
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 the spring.
James & Suie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.