The Afan Valley Angling Club was established in 1951 and its members continue the struggle today, to restore the River Afan (and River Ffrwdwyllt) to as close to a natural state as is practicable in modern times. As testimony to their hard work, the river Afan now flows with crystal clear water and is rich in diverse flora and fauna and has seen the return of otters and kingfishers to its banks. The pinnacle of all the work was achieved in 1988 when Mr Colin Walton caught the first salmon for over 100 years. Since that first salmon was caught the river has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a healthy run of salmon and sewin (sea trout) that regularly reach double figures in weight. In addition to the migratory fish there is a resident population of feisty wild brown trout that can test the abilities of even the most accomplished angler.
"......Rising high in the mountains of Glamorganshire, the river Afan flows through the once heavily industrialised Afan Valley before entering Swansea Bay at Port Talbot. Its history from 1147 to the present day is as turbulent as the river itself. Like all rivers in the South Wales Valleys, it suffered from the ravages of the Industrial Revolution, but has emerged today as a symbol of what can be achieved by a small band of dedicated men, unwilling to accept the legacy of the past and who are determined to restore their heritage....." from The Afan Fisheries by Ivor Lewis.
The Club allows fishing with rod and line on the River Afan between Afandale Bridge in Cymer and Green Park Weir, Port Talbot. The remaining streams and tributaries are conservation areas to allow wild trout, salmon and sewin to live and breed without the added pressure of angling. All of this leads to a healthy ecosystem and highly successful fishery that benefits residents of the Afan Valley, members and guests of the Afan Valley Angling Club.
Provided by Afan Valley Angling Club.