October 8, 2017

At the start of this week wet and windy weather pushed the Welsh Dee back into full spate (1m @ Corwen). This was followed by a brief dry spell that allowed the river level to fall back below 0.9m on Tuesday. A couple of salmon were caught on Tuesday but most anglers were having tough time…

October 1, 2017

Dry weather at the start of the week allowed the river level to slowly drop off below 0.7m, which continued to attract anglers to the Llangollen beats in search of silver. However, catch reports have been thin on the ground and I have only heard of a couple of coloured fish being caught but I’m…

September 24, 2017

The break in the wet weather at the start of the week allowed the Welsh Dee to slowly fall off below 1 metre, from its peak of 1.3 metres (Manley Hall). Reports of salmon being caught has definitely brought more anglers out on to the river and this additional fishing activing has increased salmon catch…

September 17, 2017

The recent wet and windy conditions continued into this week pushing the river level above 1.0 metre (Manley Hall gauge) on Monday, where it remained for the rest of the week. This brought a few more anglers out on to the river at Llangollen. At least one of them, Alan, being rewarded for his hard…

September 10, 2017

Heavy rain at the start of the week produced a good spate with the river level peaking at 0.8 metre on Tuesday (Manley Hall). This coincided with a week of high tides, with the largest of 4.2 metres, which should encourage an influx of fresh salmon that should be pushing up river to Llangollen on…

September 3, 2017

At Bangor on Dee there have been reports of plenty of sea trout in the river, with coarse anglers catching them during the day on maggots. In addition, lots of rising grayling have been seen throughout the beats and the recent dry weather had allowed the Dee to drop back to its summer level (0.48m…

August 27, 2017

The high tides this week were felt all the way up river past Farndon and these would have given any salmon or sea trout a free ride over Chester weir. Thursday was my first outing on the Dee and because of the high tides I decided to try my luck at Bangor-on-Dee, to see if…

August 21, 2017

Surprisingly, this week I have only heard of a few sea trout being caught on the Llangollen-Maelor club water. Bouts of heavy rain in the Welsh Dee catchment area during the week pushed the river level to 1.0 metre and after the colour cleared it was in perfect condition salmon fishing. However, I have not…

August 13, 2017

This week the grayling fishing has been excellent on the Welsh Dee at Llangollen. A few sea trout have been caught but I have not had, seen or heard of any salmon being caught this week from either Llangollen or Bangor on Dee beats. Heavy rain in the Welsh Dee catchment area at the end…

May 27, 2017

After the hottest weak of the year so far, the weather finally broke on Friday night with a thundery weather front pushing in for the west. On Saturday morning the sky was overcast and looking like rain. My plan for the day was to fish Captain’s and Sutton Green beats at Bangor on Dee until…

May 25, 2017

Since my last visit to the River Ribble near Grimsargh I had been waiting for an opportunity to fish for sea trout in the evening. This week’s high tides coupled with the hot weather, with day time temperatures reaching 28°C, were ideal for an after work session. I left work at 5.30pm and was parking in…

May 20, 2017

After last week’s poor performance on the Welsh Dee I was keen to get back on the river to try and make amends. Heavy rain at the start of the week pushed the river up from its summer level, peaking at 0.73m (Manley Hall gauge) on Tuesday, which during the week dropped off steadily to…

May 13, 2017

Looking at my diary I was surprised to realise that it had been over a month since I last fished the Welsh Dee at Llangollen beats and been fishing with Gareth. Therefore, I arranged to meet up with him on Saturday morning at the car park by Duncans Pool. Where does the time go when…

April 22, 2017

For a while now I had been thinking about joining an angling club that had a stretch of fishing on the lower part of River Ribble. After a little research I found that Wigan Anglers had a nice stretch of water on the River Ribble near Grimsargh, which is only a 30 minute drive from…

April 15, 2017

After getting back from a week’s fishing on the River Tay, I was encouraged to read reports of a few salmon being caught at Bangor-on-Dee earlier in the week. They must have been tempted into the river on the big spring tides and slow run-off from the last heavy flood at the end of March….

April 12, 2017

My third and final day on the River Tay was on the Kercock beat. Weather wise it was forecast to be another sunny day but with strong wind gusting to 40mph in the afternoon, which was going to make casting a fly very interesting! I met the gillie, Gary Harkin, at the beat lodge at…

April 10, 2017

After resting the rods and more importantly my arms for a day, my second day on the River Tay was on the Dunkeld House beat.  Weather wise it was forecasted to be another sunny and blustery day with a northerly chill in the wind. I met the gillie, Simon Furniss, at the beat lodge at…