Pipe Pool


The Pipe Pool is one of the main pools on the middle beat, which can be fished relatively easily from both banks of the river for salmon, sea trout, trout and grayling. Above head of the pool the river has cut two main gullies into the bedrock that merge at the entrance to the body of the pool. The gullies in this section of streamy water offers a numerous lies for all species and hence I find it a very productive run fished from either bank. Rock ledges either side of the head funnel the main flow through the centre of the pool, creating creases alongside the ledges that are good fish taking zones. The last 50 metres of pool to the tail often holds trout and grayling, the latter of which often shoal there in the winter months.

Looking down from Sycamore Run into the Pool from the right bank
Looking up to the head of the pipe pool from the left bank

Over the years I have caught 100’s of grayling and trout using all of the main fly fishing techniques. Each year I usually catch a few sea trout in this pool on traditional wet sea trout flies. In addition, every year salmon are caught from the fast run into the pool down to its tail.

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 follow the lane for about 500 metres until you reach the lay-by on the left next to the railway tunnel.

The river is accessed by walking down the lane about 50 metres to the style on your right. Climb over the style and head up river passed the Hollybush Pool and over the style into the next field, which marks tail of the Pipe Pool. The Pipe Pool starts just above the next style. 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.]

Welsh Dee Fishing Information Source & Blog for the Welsh Dee

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.