Talybont Reservoir


The reservoir is situated close to Talybont-on-Usk and is run by Welsh Water as a day ticket reservoir. The Alliance has taken out a yearly rental on the reservoir for members to fish on an ‘Any Day, Every Day’ basis. They must be possession of a full current club licence and Environment Agency rod licence.

Location & Parking

The reservoir is on your right travelling towards Talybont on Usk on the unnumbered road just before the village of Aber.

Parking is adjacent to the dam, the first lay-by and at the layby at the neck of the reservoir


  • 20th March – 17 October (inc)

Fishing Times

March 06:00 – 21:00 April 06:00 – 22:00 May 06:00 – 22:30 June 06:00 – 23:00 July 06:00 – 23:00 August 06:00 – 22:30 September 06:00 – 21:30 October 1st – 17th 06:00 – 20:30

Fish Limit

  • No brown trout to be killed, all brownies must be returned alive to the water.

Fishing Methods

  • Fly Fishing Only

Fishing Restrictions

  • No Fires
  • No Camping
  • No Swimming
  • No Dogs
  • NO FISHING is allowed off the dam

This is a fly only reservoir and only fly rods, fly reels, and lines are to be carried when fishing this reservoir.

Further Information

The reservoir fishes best either early morning or evening into the dark. It will also fish well on a dark blustery rainy day with a good wave on (Silver Invicta time).

When water levels are high your back cast will be strictly limited and finding places where you can fish can be difficult. Also, during the summer, the weed growth can also restrict your fishing.

Early season will see black buzzers hatching off, this is then followed by Lake Olives at the end of April/May, and then the real fun begins with the sedge hatches during summer evenings. Due to the heavily wooded areas around the reservoir lots of terrestrials also get blown onto the water.

The trout in Talybont are mainly bottom feeders, usually feeding on cased caddis, and it takes a lot of insect activity to get the trout looking up.