The Channels is the upper pool on Llangollen-Maelor’s middle beat of the Welsh Dee, which is effectively a narrow, long, and deep gully that has been cut out of the bedrock over thousands of years. In low water it affords a good resting place for salmon and sea trout but it is difficult to fish with the fly because of the strong flow through the narrow channel. Over the years some big salmon have been taken out of the channel by worming anglers but I have not heard of any salmon being caught hear on the fly in low water. When the river is in spate it is worth covering the head of the pool where fish are likely to be resting before attempting the accent into Dereck’s pool.
On the grayling front, I have had a number of large grayling out of drop-off zone that at the head of the channel while Czech nymphing and on the dry fly, when the river is at its summer level (≤ 0.5m Corwen). The deeper channel probably holds some big brown trout but like the salmon they are very difficult to catch.
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 1mile. At the end you will see the top car park on your left.
Walk up the lane from the car park to the style on your right that takes you into the field. Follow the fence down the hill to the river, turn right and the Channels is about 100 metres down river. 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.]
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.