Fishing in the Elan Valley on a summers day.

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Situated in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, 3 miles west of Rhayader, lies a series of four wonderful Reservoirs and Dams. Caban Coch, Garreg Ddu, Pen-y-Garreg and Craig Goch create a total of 850 acres of wilderness water. Each of these reservoirs support an abundance of wild brown trout and are also stocked. Fly fishing only is permitted on the Elan Valley Reservoirs. The Claerwen Reservoir is a 900 acre wild brown trout fishery which is also Fly Fishing only.

All of the reservoirs are easily accessible with ample car parking.

Due to the fantastic scenery and variety of wildlife including Red Kites, Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawks and numerous other species, the Elan Valley is as much an attraction for its beauty as it is for its fishing. An extensive visitors centre is situated at the entrance to the Elan Valley with excellent facilities including a café / restaurant, museum, displays, film shows, shop, tourist information centre and toilets.

The Elan Valley Reservoirs are Troutmaster Waters and have hosted the Welsh National Bank Fly fishing Championships on many occasions.

Llyngwyn is a 16 acre spring fed natural lake situated in a secluded area 3 miles east of Rhayader.The lake varies in depth, from shallow margins to 55 feet at its deepest. There are two sheds available for shelter at the lake and also toilet facilities.

Llyngwyn is mainly a Rainbow water but there are also some Brown Trout. The lake is stocked regularly with Rainbows upwards of 2 lbs and is a Troutmaster Water, open all the year. Fly fishing only for Trout. There are three rowing boats in the boathouse at the water's edge, which are available from Nantynynach Farm, Nr Llyngwyn for anglers to hire by the day.

The fishing on the Wye stretches from 1 mile south of Rhayader to approximately 4 miles north of the town. The A470 / A44 trunk road runs along the whole of the stretch of water making it easily accessible. Excellent Brown Trout and Grayling fishing is available. Apart from the natural head of Brown Trout the river is stocked. The Wye is also renowned for its Salmon fishing with the Salmon reaching the upper parts of the Wye towards the end of the Season.

The River Marteg is a small stream and runs into the River Wye 3 miles north of Rhayader. This is a 3 mile stretch of water with both banks owned by the Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association, running from St. Harmon, on the B4518, down to its junction with River Wye, on the A470. This supports a good stock of small wild Brown Trout and is famous for its run of spawning Salmon in the autumn.

Elan River is one of the main tributaries of the Upper Wye running from the Elan Valley Reservoirs and joining the Wye 1½ miles south of Rhayader. The fishing on the Elan extends to approximately 2 miles running alongside the B4518 west of Rhayader. The Elan provides excellent opportunity for catching Pike, Grayling and Brown Trout. When the water in the Wye is too high for fishing, the Elan provides a good alternative as the level of water in this river is regulated by the Elan Valley Dams.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Claerwen Reservoir Day Ticket£10.00 per adult
Elan Valley Day Ticket£12.00 per adult
Llwyngwyn Lake Day Ticket£22.00 per adult
Rivers Day Ticket£12.00 per adult

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Elan Valley | Fishing


Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

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Elan Valley Rivers Coarse Fishing Season (16 June 2023 - 14 Mar 2024)

* River Season permit valid for 12 months from 3rd March


Elan ValleyCwm Elan | Elan Valley & Visitor Centre, RhayaderThe Elan Valley Estate in Powys, Mid Wales is truly epic and sprawls over 72 square miles, making up 1% of the whole of Wales! The area is designated as an International Dark Sky Park.

Elan Valley EstateElan Valley Estate, RhayaderThe Elan Valley Estate attracts a wide variety of visitors and a good starting point for all is the Visitor Centre which has a wide variety of information and educational and interactive resources.

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