The famous River Usk world renowned for its salmon and trout fishing is a mecca for fishermen. 

Rod Licences

Everyone fishing on the River or nearby Olway and Berthon Brooks needs to have a Rod Licence, covering the whole UK, short-term or annual, issued at Post Offices or online.

Fishing permits

Whilst the salmon fishing is private, anyone can fly-fish for trout, on the purchase of a ‘Town Water’ permit from Sweets Fishing Tackle shop. Permits can be for a day, a week or a season.

Further Info on Fishing in the River Usk

The Wye and Usk Foundation


Usk has plenty of places to stay if you are planning a fishing holiday- visit our accommodation page for more information.

fish pond

Sweets Fishing Tackle Shop

Jean Williams, who runs Sweets Fishing Tackle, is something of a legend in the world of fly-fishing. She provides, as well as the permits, an information service about the state of the river, a warm welcome for visiting fishermen and regulars, and enthusiastic appreciation of any fish caught. Jean can also tell you about about the private salmon fishing beats in the area and put you in touch with owners.

Her shop in Porthycarne Street is an Aladdin’s cave of fishing flies, boxes of feathers and other fly-tying paraphernalia, rods, reels and landing nets, as well as photos of many past fishing triumphs.

Gone Fishing - Video by Gwynne Williams