Day tickets are available at the pub for fishing on the adjacent River Tawe.

River Tawe

This most interesting little river rises in a remote moorland tarn called Llyn y Fan Fawr, situated under the crags of Fan Brycheiniog on the Black Mountain (not to be confused with the Black Mountains to the East of the Brecon Beacons National Park!) From here it tumbles steeply to the valley and then runs close to the main A4067 road and through some very rocky gorges before it finally calms down into longer, shallower pools beyond Abercraf, where it leaves the National Park.

In its lower stretches the river runs through a number of former coal-mining areas before negotiating the city of Swansea and the fearsome barrage constructed across its estuary in 1992. After its former, heavily-polluted industrial past, the Tawe has been transformed into a sparkling little river with healthy runs of migratory fish, as well as a good population of wild brown trout. However, the barrage has undoubtedly prevented it from achieving its true potential and much will depend on spates.

Fishing opportunities on the Tawe

This really is a cracking little river and a real challenge to the keen game fisherman, who will be very pleased to learn that the whole river is open to the visitor through permits issued by two angling clubs. The main river and tributaries in Kite Country, extending to some 25 miles of fishing in all, are in the hands of the Tawe and Tributaries Angling Association and day tickets are available from the Ancient Briton on the A4067 (see the web site for full details). Salmon and sea trout may be caught from mid-March to mid-October.

Fly fishing and spinning are permitted, although anglers fishing the Tawe and Tributaries AA waters are only allowed to use centrepin reels for spinning. The fishing in the upper reaches can be really satisfying, although anglers should note that the rocky stretches can be dangerous, especially after heavy rain. Waders with felt soles are a must. Access to most parts of the river is good, with the road never too far away

The River Tawe flows down from its source in the limestone hills overlooking Craig-y-Nos Castle and the Swansea Valley. It is a beautiful clear stream which supports both wild and migratory trout (sewin). Salmon run up from the sea, 20 miles away, to spawn in its headwaters. The river is also stocked with large rainbow trout by the Tawe Angling Association.
You need a rod license to fish anywhere in England and Wales and this can be purchased on line at


Fishing permits available to purchase at the bar 


Non-Migratory Trout and Coarse

Salmon and Sea Trout*

Full Season (expire on 31st March 2012)






8 Day



1 Day



Children under the age of 12 do not require a rod fishing licence

* Salmon and sea trout licence covers non-migratory trout and coarse fish as well. We recommend that you buy the Non-Migratory Trout and Coarse Fish Licence.

The River Tawe is a streamy river with deep lies under one or other bank and is escellent fly fishing water. It is also a good river for night fishing in summer and autumn when the sea trout (sewin) are up from the sea.

When the river is down to its normal summer level use a short 6ft to 8ft rod during the day and flick the line under the trees on the far bank to entice out the fish.

As it goes dusk fish down towards the bottom end of the pools where the fish position themselves to catch the evening fly hatch. When the river is up and coloured use a worm or spinner, but it is not permitted to use a spinning reel. You must use a fly reel.

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