Tip Pool


The Tip Pool on the Lower Beat is a good pool to fish when the river is at its summer level because it’s a fast streamy piece of water, littered boulders that provide many fish holding pockets. I find it best to fish this run when the river level is below 0.6m and ideally below 0.5m.

View down into the Tip Pool from the right bank opposite the Medical Centre.
View of main channel, which usually holds some good grayling and trout.

I usually fish this pool early in the evening with either a team of wet flies or Czech nymphs. Over the years both methods have produced some good catches (10+) of grayling and brown trout from this pool. Especially, when the river is low during the summer months when the fish move up into this oxygenated water.

1lb grayling caught on a March Brown Spider – July 2017.

Surprisingly, I have never fished this pool for salmon and it is probably something I should correct in soon. Canoeing activity through this pool during the day has increased considerably, especially in summer, which can spoil the fishing. Therefore, I tend only to fish this pool either early morning or late in the evening during the summer.

Directions and Parking

From Llangollen take the A5 east towards Wrexham and just as you leave the town take the lane on right, Birch Hill. Sometimes it is possible to park on the left about 50m up Birch Hill. Otherwise, you will have to use a town car park and walk down to the play ground opposite Birch Lane.

You access the river by walking through the play ground and then take the path into the wooded area which takes you down to the river. When you reach the river the Tip Pool is directly in front of you. 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.