Fishing the Towy

Methods used

Permitted methods for fishing the Towy are fly, spinner and worm and each of these have their place in the dedicated Towy angler's armoury.

Spinning can be highly productive when there has been a recent rise in the water and when this is coloured and fining down (between 1.10 and 1.40 metres). Many anglers use Mepps-type baits as well as the ubiquitous Flying C.

When the water is in spate and too high and coloured for fish to be running (above 1.50 metres) the favoured tactic is the worm. When the worm is run through a quieter stretch of water, with guile and tact, many astute anglers have managed tempt a fish to give up the sanctuary of their resting place.

By the time the river has fined down and most of the spate colour has gone (around the 1.10 metres mark), the fly rod comes into it's own. With a good flow on the water, sewin may even be taken in the faster riffles and pools during daylight hours by skilful angers who take care in not wading too deep or making too much noise on their approach to the water.

When the river has become crystal clear and has dropped back to it's summer lows (0.90 - 1.00 metres), fishing at night becomes the norm. No-one who has ever caught a sewin under cover of dark will ever forget that experience and will undoubtedly come back for more!

Nocturnal activity

The usual practice at night is to fish the pool tails and deeper runs with a larger fly such as a Waddington or tube fly on either a full floating line or one with a sink tip, perhaps turning to a full sinking line later in the night. During any given night, changing tactics and using wake or surface flies is well worth a try. As with all fishing if the water is very low, the practised angler will drop fly sizes and use finer leaders.

Fishing on the River Towy

Maries Pool, Abercothie

Particularly when in pursuit of large wary Towy sewin the watchwords are stealth and quiet - a cautious approach is essential, both day and night.

The current bag limit for sea-trout is four per day. In the interests of conservation anglers are asked to exercise restraint in the number of fish they take, especially the larger fish. No salmon may be killed before 16 June and the maximum for a day is two and a maximum of three for a week.