Author: Tudor Rees
Fishing is difficult when starting out. Here, we list the best fishing spots – whether it’s carp, trout or fly fishing – in Wales for beginners.
Wales is one of the best places for fishing in the UK.
Wales As The Favourite Destination For Fishing
Wales is a popular destination for fishermen all over the world. Whether it’s the big lakes of North Wales, the winding rivers of South Wales or the piers and beaches of the nation’s coastline, there are highlights for all different kinds of anglers.
However, with so many spots and disciplines to choose from, how does someone get started? You’ve got your tackle, equipment and a strong nose, but where do you go to catch your favourite fish?
Here, we cast out and list the top 10 fishing spots in Wales for novices, including fly fishing, wild trout and carp hotspots.
Afon Taf, Glamorgan
(Source: Roger Davies)
Close to most of the metropolitan centres of South Wales is the Afon Taff, Glamorgan. While The Taff intersects through several towns and cities, the population of fish that runs through it is surprisingly well-stocked and varied.
The Taff spawns in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) before heading through basically every town in Merthyr Tydfil before hitting Pontypridd and Cardiff. The river has several angling associations, so contact them, pick a spot and get fishing. The proximity to roads and the amount of fish available makes it perfect for a bit of beginner fishing.
Llangorse Lake, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)
(Source: Phil Dolby)
If you’re keen for a spot of lake fishing in Wales, you can’t top Llangorse Lake in the heart of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons). It is the go-to pike lake in Wales, so if you want to develop that side of your fishing game, then this is the spot for you.
Not only is the lake easy to get to, but the surroundings are calming and beautiful enough to offset any fishing-related frustration. Pike fishing is particularly challenging, so picking a spot that is visually stunning enough to cause chilled-out moment or two is a nice plus.
It is a popular lake fishing trip destination for a reason – it holds stocks of perch, roach, tench, bream and eels, so if pike fishing isn’t on top of your list, you can stick to some other angling instead.
Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey
The northernmost point of Wales, Anglesey hides some of the country’s best-kept secrets. Surrounded by the Irish Sea, Anglesey spoils its residents and visitors with choice when it comes to sea fishing.
Anglesey is littered with seaside towns and fishing communities for a reason; it’s a haven for sea fishing. If you’re fancying a sea fishing holiday to (literally) get your feet wet, then Anglesey has plenty of spots to fish in. Contacting a local angling club or guide is likely your best bet.
River Usk, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)
(Source: Jinx McCombs)
The River Usk is famous for its wild trout, but it also has plenty of salmon waiting to be caught. Thanks to this variety, the Usk is the go-to destination for wild trout fishing in Wales.
For beginners, too, there are stretches of the Usk that are especially friendly, teaching you the ropes of river fishing cradled in one of the most visually immersive rivers in the UK.
As with other habitats, ensure you have all the information you need to fish safely from the relevant authorities. The Wye and Usk Foundation, for example, has plenty of information to keep the fish of the river safe after handling.
Llandudno Pier, Conwy
A popular tourist spot, Llandudno Pier is well-known for its fishing opportunities. If you wish to sea fish from the safety of a pier, this spot has plenty of variety.
Not only are you cradled by the beauty of Llandudno, but you have a bountiful supply of fish to catch including whiting, flatties, dogfish, cod, mackerel, bass, codling, coalfish, etc.
Get Your Feet Wet
Fancy a spot of fishing? Then try our fun-filled day of fly fishing in Wales. We’ll show you the best spots in Wales, keep you safe and, best of all, make sure you’re having a laugh.
We accommodate all levels of fishing too, so if you’re a novice, you’ll leave with good knowledge of fly fishing techniques and safety.
We make the most of what South Wales has including the River Neath, Wye, Usk, Tawe, Severn and other less-known fishing haunts.
Of course, if you decide to fish alone, then follow the strictest safety standards, refer to local angling clubs and laws, and watch the weather!