Foundation News

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Monday 18 December, 2017

Spey Casting Courses on the Upper Wye 2018

Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd and 28th & 29th April 2018.
These two separate weekend courses are designed to provide the essential skills in Spey Casting for those who are beginners, improvers or experienced anglers who would like to sharpen their technique. As it is limited to four anglers per weekend with two AAPGAI instructors – Illtyd Griffiths and Jonathan Morris - the course will allow plenty of time for individual tuition during the two days.

We will be casting on two separate beats, one in Boughrood and one outside Builth to allow us to concentrate on casting off both banks (and therefore both shoulders). All aspects of Spey Casting can be covered, depending on individual needs. Suitable tackle is available if required.
Cost of the course is £270 per angler to include soup and sandwiches at lunchtime.

If you would like further details or to book on this course please either telephone Illtyd Griffiths: 01654 781365 or 07974 942853 (email: or Jonathan Morris: 07909 968348

Friday 8 December, 2017

Opening for Chair of Trustees

The role of Chair is becoming vacant because the current holder has fulfilled 5 invaluable years – we ask the Chair to serve between 3 to 5 years.
The non-remunerated role of Chair has the usual responsibilities that are associated
with being the Chairperson of a registered charity, details of which are attached, or alternatively for a detailed list please contact us:

Closing date for applications is the 31st Janurary 2018

Monday 20 November, 2017

WUF Fundraising Auction

At 9am on Monday 20th November bidding will start on WUF's annual online fundraising auction. Over 60 lots offer a wide range of wonderful game and coarse fishing opportunities along with shooting days, fine wines, holiday cottage breaks, fishing tackle and even one of our finest sponge cakes! Many will make fantastic Christmas presents for friends or family, or even yourself!

Some of the fishing lots are on very exclusive water, only accessible via this auction. The catalogue of lots can be viewed in the PDF below. Bids can either be made via the links in the PDF or through the Auction of Promises website.

The proceeds of the auction will go to the Foundation's Endowment Fund (see here for more details).

Usk salmon

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Responses to the NRW consultations on changes to fishing byelaws

Both WUF and Afonydd Cymru have submitted responses to the latest NRW consultation on fisheries byelaws today. The WUF response relates to the river Usk, with a separate one currently being written for the Wye (the cross border rivers have their own consultation).

Both can be views in the Consultations section, or click here for the WUF Usk response or here for Afonydd Cymru's. The WUF response for the Wye will be posted in the next few days.

Monday 2 October, 2017

Dates for Annual Meeting and Autumn River Walk Confirmed

WUF's annual meeting will be held on Friday 27th October at the Town Hall in Talgarth and the Nick Brabner Autumn Riverwalk on Sunday 26th November.

Please note that pre-booking of places to both of these events is essential. More details on these events, including how to book a place, can be found in the Upcoming Events section.

Friday 29 September, 2017

Response to Welsh Government Consultation on Management of Natural Resources

Afonydd Cymru's response on behalf of all Welsh rivers' trusts (including WUF) to Welsh Government's "Taking forward Wales’ sustainable management of natural resources" consultation.

Friday 19 May, 2017

2017 WUF Spring Newsletter & Fishing Passport Publications

Both the Spring Newsletter, "Our Rivers" and the 2017 Fishing Passport are now downloadable as PDFs from the Publications section of the website.

Please note that these are large files so may take a little while to download.

Monday 15 May, 2017

Catchment Officer Vacancy

Have you got what it takes to be a Catchment Adviser?

Are you a dynamic individual looking for a new challenge? A new project is about to launch in West Wales with two posts available for Catchment advisers to work with farmers and a broad range of project partners to identify and implement changes in land use practices that will have benefits to local water quality and the farm business. We are looking for good communicators with a background in agricultural advice and project delivery. Candidates need to be exceptional self-starters with a passion for conservation of the natural environment, particularly rivers and streams. Catchment Advisers will be able to identify pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to infrastructure and land management issues to protect local water quality without compromising business profitability or efficiency.

Successful candidates will initially be mentored in the Wye & Usk catchments by a team of experienced Catchment Advisers. After this training period the Advisers will carry out 18 months of work in target catchments such as the Teifi & Tywi, under the local management of West Wales Rivers Trust.

Please see the attached PDF for the full job specification.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 12th June 2017.

salmon redd

Monday 8 May, 2017

Gravelling the Elan System (GES) Year 1 Project Report

Project report from the first year of the work to restore gravel back into the river Elan.

Charles Farlow trophy

Friday 3 March, 2017

New Trophy for Largest Fly Caught Salmon in England & Wales

Farlows of Pall Mall, the parent company of Sportfish of Winforton have commissioned a trophy for the largest fly caught fish in England and Wales. The winner of the trophy will get a beautifully engraved bottle of sloe gin, presented by Foxdenton Estates. Conditions of entry are here and similar to the Malloch Trophy north of the border.

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