Fishing

Penrhyn Barn has its very own 1 mile long stretch of secluded and peaceful private fishing, right on the Towy River.

Experience one of the most magical areas of fishing in Wales. Situated just below the fresh cold waters of the Llyn Brianne Reservoir, where the river runs through a steep sided valley, and slowly winds its waydown.

Hundreds of years of flow has worn down the ancient walls of this wooded gorge, creating a rugged but lush environment.

The fresh water echoes around the space, getting into the senses and allowing any stresses of modern day living to sink into the depths of the water.

Right outside Penrhyn Barn, the wide upper part of the stretch suddenly narrows down through rocks.

The energy of the water between these rocks has down cut behind the bed load, creating a swirling current.

This has eroded the rivers bed, creating circular pools, including a 10 meter deep pool right outside Penrhyn Barn. These make perfect holding pools and are reputedly teeming with Sewin and Salmon.

The open river flows right down to the sea, which means that its only a quick 24 hour run for fish to swim up from the sea.

These features make this particular stretch of the river an exciting experience for the angler, and is known for it’s abundance of fishing experiences.

Llandovery Anglers Association site claims that “anything from a fresh run Grilse, to a 10lb Sewin is a possibility.

"Large Pike also lurk in the deep murky pools, but it is also possible to fish the trails and gravel runs for brown Trout with a fly rod.”

“During a wet spring, large Sewin can be caught in late April. May can be a very good month, when fish well in excess of ten pounds are caught. The main run of Sewin often average four or five pounds usually appear from the middle of June onwards. July, August and September can be good for the smaller shoal and Sewin and Salmon become more numerous as the season progresses."

Llandovery Anglers Association

Night Fishing

The night fishing is a particularly special highlight.

Not only is the area of Penrhyn Barn under the prestigious and highly sought after ‘dark skies, awarded areas’, but because there are no obstacles for fish to swim up from the sea, the still of the night bring out the weary sea trout.

After an exhilarating fishing session return back up the gorge to your wood burner warmed barn, relax and recount your stories with friends and family – and maybe cook up your catch!

Planning Your Visit

Although spinning is often preferred at the beginning of the season, fish can be caught on fly throughout season.

  • 1st April – 7th October: Salmon & Sea Trout (Only fly fishing is permitted for Salmon from 1st April – 15th June, and then 8th – 17th of October)
  • 1st of April – 7th of October: Sea Trout (Flyfishing, Spinning and Permitted baits)
  • 7th October – End of Season: Sea Trout (Flyfishing and Spinning Only)
  • 1st April – 30th of September: Brown trout