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Charles Farlow trophy

Friday 3 March, 2017

New Trophy for Largest Fly Caught Salmon in England & Wales

Farlows of Pall Mall, the parent company of Sportfish of Winforton have commissioned a trophy for the largest fly caught fish in England and Wales. The winner of the trophy will get a beautifully engraved bottle of sloe gin, presented by Foxdenton Estates. Conditions of entry are here and similar to the Malloch Trophy north of the border.

Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Spey Casting Courses on the Upper Wye

Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd and 29th & 30th April 2017.
These two separate weekend courses are designed to provide the essential skills in Spey Casting for those who are beginners, improvers or experienced anglers who would like to sharpen their technique. As it is limited to four anglers per weekend with two AAPGAI instructors – Illtyd Griffiths and Jonathan Morris - the course will allow plenty of time for individual tuition during the two days.

We will be casting on two separate beats, one in Boughrood and one outside Builth to allow us to concentrate on casting off both banks (and therefore both shoulders). All aspects of Spey Casting can be covered, depending on individual needs. Suitable tackle is available if required.
Cost of the course is £270 per angler to include soup and sandwiches at lunchtime.

If you would like further details or to book on this course please either telephone Illtyd Griffiths: 01654 781365 or 07974 942853 (email: or Jonathan Morris: 07909 968348

Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Upper Llangybi Fishery

Salmon fishing on a prime beat of the river Usk for sale. 2 shares are available in the Upper Llangybi Fishery Company. A rota operates and each share provides a day for the shareholder and a guest every 8 days, 26 days in the season. The 2 shares are on consecutive days on the rota and could provide 2 days of fishing for 2 friends. Double bank with 70% of salmon caught on fly. 10 year average is 89 salmon with fish caught between March and October. Full catch details are available. Good quality wild trout present and good fly hatches. Guide price £45,000 per share.
If you are interested or want further information, please email us on and we will put you in touch with the owner.

Tuesday 10 January, 2017

ISCA Angling Club

ISCA have some vacancies for the 2017 season - details can be seen in the attached PDF.

Tuesday 22 November, 2016

Salmon rod catch and stock status on the River Usk 2016

Salmon rod catch and stock status on the River Usk 2016. Note for Usk Local Fisheries Group Meeting – 23 November 2016.

Friday 4 November, 2016

Launch of the Wye & Usk Fundraising Auction

We’re delighted to announce that the Foundation’s first Fundraising Auction was launched at the annual meeting on Friday night. We are now accepting bids for some fantastic lots, ranging from career coaching to stays in wonderful holiday cottages and, of course, plenty of fishing!

The money raised will go towards the Foundation’s Endowment Fund, set up earlier this year to provide long term core funding for the organisation. The Endowment Fund will enable WUF to spend less time and resources on fund raising and more on delivering projects that restore the ecology and fisheries of the Wye and Usk. For more information on the Endowment Fund, please click here.

The bidding closes on 23rd December, in time for delivery of your auction win as a Christmas present!

To view the lots and to make a bid, please click here to go to the Auction of Promises website. You can even use it to donate a lot yourself!

Thank you for taking part and happy bidding!

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Wednesday 27 July, 2016

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Our e-news of 30th June highlighted a worrying case of soil erosion in Powys affecting a Wye tributary, caused by the ploughing of a steep slope.

In the e-news we also asked subscribers to write to the First Minister over the incident and we are pleased to say that your responses have prompted the Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs to ask us to disseminate a letter of reply on her behalf. This letter can be viewed by clicking on the PDF.

WUF Trustees staff and Partners

Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Wye & Usk Foundation Chief Executive & Advisory Director Announcement

Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith OBE has led the Wye & Usk Foundation as Executive Director from its inception in 1996. Since then, he has overseen the building of fish passes, habitat restoration and innovative projects to rectify the effects of acid rain and diffuse pollution on our rivers. Much of this work is what is behind the recovery in fish numbers with the Wye now seeing the best salmon catches for 20 years.

On 1st July, Stephen took up the position of Executive Director at Afonydd Cymru, whilst also moving into an Advisory Director role within WUF. Simon Evans, previously Deputy Director, has taken up the position of Chief Executive at the Foundation.

Stephen commented: “Today I retire from the role of Executive Director of The Wye and Usk Foundation at a time when I feel confident that the Wye’s recovery will be in the safe hands of the new Chief Executive, Simon Evans, and the Trustees of the Foundation. Simon has been with the Foundation for over 12 years, latterly as Deputy Director, and has been instrumental in much of our work."

"I am delighted to accept the role of Advisory Director and Company Secretary of The Wye and Usk Foundation, and to continue my support of The Foundation and its work, an organisation which I founded over 20 years ago. ‎

"The River Wye’s recovery over this period bucks the trend of nearly every river in England and Wales, all of which have witnessed declines in their salmon stocks.”‎

"I would like to thank the huge number of fishery owners and anglers who have been so generous in their support during my 21 year spell with the Foundation, and also our partners including The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales".

"Together with my ongoing support of The Wye and Usk Foundation, I shall be taking up the role of Executive Director of Afonydd Cymru, the umbrella trust for Wales’ river trusts, of which The Wye and Usk Foundation is also a member."

For the full press release, please use the Press Releases section on the left hand menu or click here.

The photo above is of WUF Trustees, staff and partners.

Thursday 19 May, 2016

WUF's 21st Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate the 21st birthday of the formation of the Wye and Usk Foundation, we are hosting the Rivers Trusts Spring Conference at the same location where WUF was formed, the Swan Hotel in Hay on Wye on the 19th to 21st May 2016.

For more details on the event (itinerary, list of speakers, activities etc) and to book a place, please see the Upcoming Events section.

Monnow Fisheries Assoc

Tuesday 23 February, 2016

2016 Monnow Rivers Association Auction

This Monnow Rivers Association auction is the main annual event to raise funds to continue work on Himalayan Balsam control on the Monnow and tributaries. MRA are aiming to be the first major catchment in UK to eradicate the wretched weed – after 6 years (and over 11,000 hours work!!) we’re almost there and, with your help, we’ll get it done.

Over 70 lots are being hosted by from 20th February to 2nd March 2016. See attached PDF or click here for information and details of lots.

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