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 right across Wales and the Marches.

That tends to put trout into better condition and start the annual invertebrate hatches earlier than usual. The warm, high flows also give any early running salmon a chance to press on upstream.

Those with long memories know too well the dangers of these encouraging signs but there seems to be positive news of spring salmon on Tay and Tweed and signs that fish are pushing past the traditional cold water stopping points.

So where should anglers looking to get out on the 3rd March be heading? For trout, the Usk is peerless though the Teifi can offer good early sport too while anglers on the upper Wye, Severn and Dee can still expect grayling to feature in their catches.

Salmon fishers should see an early fish taken on the Wye though quite how far upstream they might have progressed will be interesting. Rule nothing out would be our advice and go where the water heights dictate the best chance. An Usk salmon could come from anywhere too. In both cases we don’t actually need any more rain before the day itself.

I shot this bit of video with my phone on the Gliffaes top beat on the 24th February and it shows just how good the river Usk is looking.