Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Wales -

THE TOWY, or Tywi, is per­haps the most ac­ces­si­ble of the big three Welsh rivers for the vis­it­ing an­gler. There are a num­ber of fish­ing as­so­ci­a­tions that of­fer day tick­ets through­out the length of the river, plus the ex­tremely pop­u­lar and pro­duc­tive Golden Grove fish­ery. The Towy is a noted big fish river, with dou­ble-fig­ure sea-trout reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing in the catches. It also has a good run of salmon, and brown trout through­out most of its length.


As with most Welsh rivers, the salmon fish­er­man is best ad­vised to visit in the au­tumn. The Towy is a spate river and it is the last few months of the sea­son that gen­er­ally pro­vide a bet­ter chance of a drop­ping river. That said, sum­mer rains will bring grilse into the river as early as July. Many fish are caught on the spin­ner with Ra­palas and Fly­ing C’s most pop­u­lar.


The Towy of­fers truly ex­cel­lent night fish­ing for seatrout. With day tick­ets avail­able on prime stretches for as lit­tle as £25 it is an ideal river to visit if you live out­side Wales but would like to try your hand at fish­ing for sewin. Most pools on the mid­dle river are rel­a­tively open and easy to ac­cess so cast­ing is fairly easy, even for the novice night-fisher. A rod of 9½ft -10ft is usu­ally pre­ferred, rated for a 7wt or 8wt line. Fish­ing big sur­face lures on the Towy is some­thing of a mod­ern in­sti­tu­tion, and is an ex­cit­ing way to fish – though tra­di­tional wet-flies fished on float­ing, sink-tip or in­ter­me­di­ate lines will work well also. The wad­ing is quite easy in the mid­dle reaches where the Towy flows through low­land pas­ture and the best of the sea-trout fish­ing is to be found. The river bot­tom is mostly gravel with some deep holes that will hold schools of fish. Look for dark places against the far bank and fish all the way down into the tail of the pool.

Brown trout

The river has plenty of wild browns – some of which grow to a de­cent size – fish up to 3lb have been caught. They are found through­out the river, but the up­per reaches are a good place to start.

The Towy is known for pro­duc­ing se­ri­ously big sea-trout up to 20lb every year. Imag­ine ar­riv­ing here at dusk…

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