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    I am going to Wales for the last week of september, Trout/Grayling fishing between Trecastle and Brecon, is the Usk good, some have said it is an early season river, is this so? Also looking at the Irfon, any advice on beats and other rivers/streams and tactics greatfuly received.
    Andy

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    i fished the brecon town water in late july. saw one fish move all day. weater wasnt ideal, quite hot, but would have thought i would have seen some activity

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    Check the Wye and Usk foundation reports. The Usk can be a fantastic venue however you need to be adaptable and if there are no fish rising you have to be prepared to fish nymphs either prospecting the faster water with klink and dink or french leader.

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    Good advice to use the Wye & Usk Foundation site. It has some very good beats for the Usk, Wye, Irfon and other rivers and it's worth waiting until you know what the water levels are before booking any beats as these can change at the last minute. Your post says that you're looking for some trout and grayling fishing - I'm not sure if you're aware but there are no grayling in the Usk. It's a fantastic trout river that can be really productive, but it's not always easy. Based on where you'll be staying, I'd encourage you to consider the Dinas beat which is relatively user-friendly in terms of access, wading difficulty and variety of water which will allow you to try various methods. It's also full of trout!

    For grayling you might want to try the Wye and the Ty Newydd beat is a nice one for the visiting angler IMHO. The beat is long and varied and has a very good head of trout and grayling. On this beat, you will more than likely attract larger numbers of moderately sized fish rather than be targeting specimens, but you can always run into them of course! If you're after bigger grayling, I'd recommend that you consider the Irfon beats where 2lb+ fish are a realistic expectation.

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    Thanks for all your input. I was aware no grayling in the Usk so thought a quick trip up to the Irfon and upper Wye would solve that problem. So many beats available with the Wye & Usk its like being in a sweet shop, some are quite expencive, will treat myself for one day if conditions allow, looking to fish some of the wild streams as well. Anyway looking forward to it, a whole week to myself in a comfy little cottage, a pub with a good menu in the village cant go wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrasas View Post
    Thanks for all your input. I was aware no grayling in the Usk so thought a quick trip up to the Irfon and upper Wye would solve that problem. So many beats available with the Wye & Usk its like being in a sweet shop, some are quite expencive, will treat myself for one day if conditions allow, looking to fish some of the wild streams as well. Anyway looking forward to it, a whole week to myself in a comfy little cottage, a pub with a good menu in the village cant go wrong!
    Many of my Welsh river forays ended up being washed out so might be worth researching a stillwater or two as back up
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    River wye and irfon great for grayling. llangoed and lower llanstephan full of grayling best fished between 12-16 inches on the llanstephan gauge on the river info page. same for ty- newydd which is a lovely beat which holds plenty of grayling around 16-18 inches. doldowlod is also very productive where the average size gets bigger though wading is very tricky. craig llyn holds big grayling and is also a great stretch of water, both these fish well between 10-16 inches on the rhayader gauge. for the irfon cefnllysgwynne, llanfechan and the colonels water are all very good grayling beats. all best fished between o.4-0.6 on the welsh waters river levels gauge at abernant on the irfon. all these hold trout also and are on the wye and usk website. the usk dinas is full of trout and a great beat with a good variety of water. best fished 6 inches above summer flow on there gauge at brecon, hope this helps

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    if your having a dabble at some of the WUF wild streams then the Lynfi Dulas beats at Talgarth have a pretty good head of trout ,the middle beat is easier going, ie less jungle ! A few grayling in there too.
    The Grwyne Fawr beats above Crickhowell can produce some great and hard fighting fish and next valley over there's a handful of Monnow tribs to go at that can be very special! Lower Stanton beat on the Honddu and upper Monnow Lower Longtown beat are fairly easy going .
    The Edw beats (Wye trib) have fished well at times this year and if your after a bit of adventure then theres the Cletwrr...
    Streams will probably be low though.
    Go slow ,stay low !
    Skenfrith beat on the Monnow is lovely , has some grayling.

    BTW the fishing feedback pages on WUF website is a good source of info

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