Horseshoe Falls Pool


The Horseshoe Falls Pool is a long pool that is located between directly below Duncan’s Pool on the middle beat of Llangollen-Maelor Angling club. This pool gets a lot of fishing pressure because it is very close to the main parking for this beat and is main pool producing all four game fish (trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon). That said, it can be temperamental to fish to the extent that sometimes you would question whether there are any fish in the river. However, over the years I have caught some cracking grayling & trout, and my PB sea trout (5.5lbs), from this pool and finally in 2017 I added one salmon to this tally after 15+ years of trying. It definitely is a salmon holding pool, because they are caught there by others, I just haven’t mastered fishing this pool for salmon; still working on this.

5lbs Salmon caught on a size 12 Stoats Tail – Oct 2017.
5.5lbs Sea Trout caught on a surface lure – Aug 2014.

This pool is primarily fished from the right bank with the fly because most of the left bank is heavily tree lined. The safest way to fish this pool is from the bank with the dry or wet fly for trout & grayling and the spinner for salmon and sea trout. When the river is at its summer level (ca. <0.5m @ Manley Hall), it is possible to wade the middle section of this pool when the water is running clear but you need to be very careful of the deep gullies and the rock ledges.

Fishing from the left bank is limited to a couple of opening between the trees in the top section of the pool. It’s best to fish from the bank on this side because the fish often lie close in and the bottom is treacherous to wade.

Snowy view down Horseshoe Falls Pool on April Fools Day – 2103.
Looking up river from the left bank towards the head of Horseshoe Falls Pool.

When the river is in spate (0.8 to 1m @ Manley Hall) the tail of the pool down to just above the falls is best place to focus your efforts, where the current eases. Under these conditions grayling and trout are often located on the bend above the falls, in the drop-off zone.

View up river from the right bank by from Horseshoe Falls.
View down river from the right bank into the Horseshoe Falls.

Directions and Parking

From Llangollen take the A5 to Crown then just after the junction with the B5103 by Berwyn Station take the next right and park on the left  alongside the railway.

The right bank is best accessed by parking in just after the railway bridge, followed by a 50m walk down the lane to the style taking you into the field leading down to the river.

The left bank is best accessed through the marked gate at Llantysillio Church followed by a 10 minute walk up river to the style into the next field. This fence marks the first opening between the trees it is possible to fish with the fly. A map to this pool can be found on Llangollen-Maelor Angling website.

[Disclaimer – like most outdoor sports, fishing is not without its hazards. Therefore, you MUST do your own RISK ASSESSMENT before starting to fish; especially if you decide to wade and/or fish at night. In addition, you must follow the club rules when fishing this water.]

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This website is primarily dedicated to fly fishing for grayling, trout & salmon. It provides helpful & interesting information on fishing the Welsh Dee, augmented with photographs and videos.  In addition, I will be writing about the techniques, tactics, and flies that prove successful on the various beats & pools throughout the year.