The Gwent Angling Society was founded in 1964 to fish waters on the Usk at Llan Farm, Goytre a beat belonging to a local trust then administered by the old Gwent County Council.
At the old County Council’s invitation, the Society later took over the Authority water on the River Usk at Ty Mawr, Gilwern, and now leases the same water from the current private owner.
The changes in the Llan administration and the change of ownership of Ty Mawr enabled the Club to move forward with more certainty and security for its members. The acquisitions of more quality fishing water have enabled the Club to thrive, and development of skills training and environmental awareness adds to the satisfaction of members whose numbers have gradually increased over the years.
We have fishing on about 15 miles of water, including the River Wye, River Usk, Sirhowy and Afon Llynfi (Powys) which allows any member to fish for both salmon, trout, and grayling. We also have stillwater fishing for wild trout on Talybont reservoir in the Brecon Beacons.
In addition to this, we have several ticket exchanges with other clubs that allow us to fish other waters by arrangement, including the river Taff.
Our ethos is ‘Committed to the Environment’, meaning we believe that we manage the waters we fish for the benefit of future generations.
With this in mind, we promote catch and release and restrict some fishing methods at specific times of the year.
We work hard to enable our members to enjoy their fishing experience and arrange regular events so that they may be able to improve their own casting and fishing skills.
We encourage membership of juniors, provided an adult supervises them. We would love to see more women anglers also enjoying the sport.
The Usk is a premier Salmon and Brown Trout river, and our beats are situated in wonderful and scenic areas of the Usk Valley. The River Wye beat is a premier stretch of Salmon water whilst the Sirhowy gives anglers a taste of true, small stream wild brown trout fishing. Talybont offers wilderness lake fishing but with easy access.
This site aims to act as a resource for all anglers interested in fly fishing and tying.
We aim to be a centre where anyone can ask any question relating to the sport, and we encourage active constructive debate on those related topics.
You will find that many articles are associated with the sport in general rather than our specific beats or fishing styles. It is hoped that this will encourage a crossover of information and ideas to benefit all.
We are aware that beats under our control are only held in trust for future generations. We have a great responsibility to see that they are carefully managed and preserved for our current and future members.
We hope you will enjoy the site and if you have any comments or contributions that you would like to give then, by all means, contact us.