Introduction to the Towy
Anyone that knows anything about fishing knows that the River Towy has some seriously bountiful locations along its 75-mile run. There are of course various times throughout the year where one can expect to catch anything from Salmon to an assortment of Trout; it is also a fantastic river for both daytime and night-time fishing, as many anglers very well know. Though the river begins at Lyne Brianne Reservoir and runs all the way to its estuary that lies just south of Carmarthen, the best fishing isn't to be found directly at either of these locations. Instead, the most productive fishing can be enjoyed in and around a 15-mile stretch of gorgeous water that lies between Llandeilo and Nantgaredig.
Let's get down to the meat of the article: the best fishing locations on the Towy. Any article you will read about the Towy and its fishing will correctly state that the best fishing can be found along the middle stretches of the river, far from its Cambrian Mountain-located source and its mouth at Carmarthen Bay (which incidentally has a fantastic holiday park if you wish to take children along with you). The best fishing locations are therefore found at various points in the unitary authority of Carmarthenshire.
The first prime location for fishing on the Towy is the Abercothi beat. This beat is located in Nantgaredig near Carmarthen. Abercothi offers some serious fishing, with a majority of the fishing being double-bank; there are forty separate pools to choose from as well. One of the most well-known pools here is the Junction Pool, which is often regarded as one of the best locations in the country for Sea-Trout fishing.
Golden Grove Beats
The second most notable location for fishing here is the Golden Grove Fishery, whose website is almost as stunning as the scenery that the location, which consists of acres upon acres of lush green land as well as castle ruins and other wonderful sights. The fishing here has improved in recent years due to the containing estate coming under new ownership and management. Access for vehicles has drastically improved of late, making the seven beats dotted along the 15 miles of double-bank river a pleasure to get to. As of 18th September, the catch report stated that 680 Sewn had already been caught during the season, and daytime fishing currently offers the best chance of a catch.
Landovery Angling Association also offers two prime fishing locations; these are located above and below the town of Llandovery. The difference between the upper and lower fishery locations are quite stark. Upper Towy fishing is notorious for its holding pools (including Dolauhirion, Tairheol and Divlyn) which in the past have offered large quantities of Sewin and Salmon. The Lower Towy section is located below Llandover and offers more traditional fly-fishing waters. The area has a number of deep holding pools as well as productive runs and riffles littered throughout the wonderful meadows that surround them.