Rivers and fisheries

Photo credit: John Lord, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13706782

The River Afan begins at the confluence of the River Corrwg and River Gwynfi, near Cymmer. It flows down through the Afan Valley and to the ocean at Port Talbot. Other tributaries of the Afan include the Pelenna (Tonmawr) and Nant Ffrwdwyllt (translates to wildfire stream).

Trout & salmon fishing

Daily coal washing at collieries in the upper Afan Valley turned the water black. An abandoned coal mine alongside the Pelenna discharged acid into the river at times of heavy rains, turning the water orange; This eventually found its way to the River Afan. These sources of pollution limited the species and size of fish that could survive in the Afan until the pollution was abated.

A proponent of fish-friendly waters

Life Chairman of the Afan Valley Angling Club, Glan Williams, fought tirelessly for many years to have the sources of pollution removed and the Afan water quality improved. Glan was one of the nicest people you could meet, and a fitting tribute can be found on the East bank of the River Afan, near Afan Argoed Country Park.

Fishing spots

There are numerous great stretches and pools of the Afan for fishing. Some of my favourite, from days gone by, include:

Corlannau weir

Ynys Afan – previously known as The Piggery

The wall at the bottom of the previous Tymaen Street

The (now-demolished) railway bridge at the bottom of Tymaen Crescent

Johnny Bennet’s (named after the grocer who’s orchard backed on to the river)

Maes-Y-Bettws, immediately above the footbridge, and upstream behind the row of houses

Below the footbridge leading to Oakwood school

The stretch above and below Afan Argoed Country Park