Fishing the River Towy

The River Towy ('Tywi' in Welsh) is undoubtedly the best sea trout ('sewin') river in the country. Good runs begin in the spring and escallate with the high tides of May and June and continue into the autumn.

Many double-figure sea trout are caught annually and those caught before June are usually over five pounds. The annual declared catch has averaged over 4,000 sea trout and around 500 salmon for the past ten years.

In early May the river also has a small run of spring salmon which are followed by summer fish in July. Grilse enter the Towy in early August before the main run of autumn salmon start to appear in September.

Most sewin are taken on a fly at night when the water is clear, although fish can be taken on smaller wet flies during the day too. Daytime spinning (and worming on beats where this is permitted) can be very effective when the water is coloured.

River Towy

The River Towy at Llyandovery.

The 70 miles of river flows from Llyn Brianne Reservoir, north of Llandovery, to its estuary south of Carmarthen, where there is a long tidal stretch. The prime fishing can be found in the middle reaches downstream of Llandeilo to Nantgaredig, just below the River Cothi (the Towy's largest tributary). This section of almost 15 miles mainly comprises the Abercothi and Golden Grove beats.

There is a host of information in the left hand menu to help you arrange your fishing on the Wales/Towy and organise your visit to Towysdale.

River Towy

Virgis Ruksnaitis with a 3.1KG seatrout in August 2015.

About this website

Some of the Towy's most productive beats are included here, with more expected to join shortly. You can read about each one, see its current fishing availability, and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

In particular you have free, unlimited access to: