Three-Night Sea Trout Fishing Course on the Abercothi Beats, River Towy

3 Night Sea Trout Fishing Course on the Famous Abercothi Beats of the River Towy

Our 2017 course is now complete. Please check back regularly for 2018 dates.

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Sea Trout Fishing Course

Many consider sea trout fishing to be a mysterious and exclusive branch of our sport but this course demonstrates that this is absolutely NOT the case!

Hosted by a Sportfish instructor, with two highly experienced guides, you will be taught all there is to know about sea trout fishing and hopefully land a few fish along the way.

For 2017 we are once again delighted to have teamed up with the famous Abercothi Fishery, Carmarthenshire. Now in our fourth year on the beats, our 2015 and 2016 courses were a great success with a cracking 9lb fish the best sea trout. Numerous salmon were also caught due to high water conditions.

The Abercothi Beat

The Abercothi Fishery comprises approximately three miles of the River Towy and a further mile of the River Cothi, with almost all the fishing double bank.

There are forty main named pools, including the renowned Junction Pool, on what is widely regarded as the prime stretch of sea trout fishing in the country.  There are three daily rotating beats: Llwchgwyn, Abercothi and Junction.

Access and parking is excellent with a gravelled road alongside, or adjacent to, the entire fishery.  Any walking is over bankside pasture, and although wading is often required it is mostly on gravel and easy going with few, if any, obstructions to casting.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the Estate, we also have access to the delightful Golden Grove Estate water if required. Aptly named as it is the most stunningly beautiful place to fish and is overlooked by romantic castle ruins along its length.

The Fish and Beat at Abercothi

The Sea-Trout Course

The course covers all aspects of sea trout fishing including river craft and daytime reconnaissance. We take you through the essential tactics to use, covering all aspects from surface lure fishing to sunk line work and retrieve rates. We also look at balanced outfits and correct tackle selection.

As with all our courses we try to instruct in an informal and relaxed way, usually one-to-one as you are fishing, presenting ideas and options allowing you to maximise the water in front of you. You will then have time alone to practice and hone your skills for future trips.

Don’t worry if you have never tried sea trout fishing before, this is the perfect opportunity to start and it offers great sport for beginners and experienced anglers alike.

The guides are excellent and will help you with all your night fishing ‘know how’ covering aspects such as how to cast and judge distance; the use of lights on and around the water; sea trout behaviour and how to exploit it and daytime tactics, including spinning in high water should it be necessary. It’s easy wading and sea trout aren’t as shy and spooky as many people make out!

In addition to the sea trout fishing there will also be the opportunity, should conditions allow, to have a fish for salmon during the day if you wish and casting instruction and pointers can also be provided for this.

The Accommodation

Accommodation is provided and we will be staying at the well-equipped Abercothi Farm.  This delightful 18th Century farmhouse could not be better situated, being on the banks of the river with good access to all beats and the whole courtyard and house have recently been renovated to the highest standards throughout.

The Accommodation at Abercothi

Course Dates

We are running two courses – Cost £849 (four rods per course).

Course 1- Arrive 13th July: Fish 13th, 14th and 15th July and depart on the morning of the 16th July.

Course 2 - Arrive 16th July: Fish 16th, 17th and 18th July and depart on the morning of the 19th July.


  • Three days’/nights’ sea trout fishing on the Abercothi Estate (with access to Golden Grove on the Towy if necessary).
  •  Comprehensive instruction and guiding for sea trout with Sportfish instructor Matt Holden and two guides from the Abercothi Fishery.
  •  Three nights’ full board at the Abercothi farmhouse.
  •  One free casting lesson at either Farlows or Sportfish.
  •  10% off any pre-course purchases at either the Sportfish Game Fishing Centre or Farlows*.

You are required by law to have a current EA rod license; one can be purchased online here »

Price does not include: Gratuities, evening drinks, travel costs or EA rod license. Please ensure you read our course terms and conditions prior to booking. * This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer


"After chatting to the guys at Sportfish I decided that the hosted River Towy trip would be the best introduction to sea trout fishing. After a wonderful three days I must thank Tom (Sportfish) & Jamie (ghillie) for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment to making the course a success”

Malcolm S, Berkshire