Update 17th April 2014

A nice Brown Trout to Steve Daley today with the leader to hand method

Update 16th April 2014

Paul and Joseph Taylor had a day with me today in the Upper Dee. Both had been for a few lessons on the Chirk Training Day and wanted to enhance their abilities to include river fishing, totally different to the stillwater they had been used to. The casting lessons that they had experienced within the 'Gwilym Hughes School of Fly Fishing' with myself Trevor and Steve, proved very useful and the transition from still to running water did not prove too difficult after the initial few casts and tangles..... both got into the rythm of it. With the New Zeland method and Dries with greatly executed reach casts they accounted for 20 fish between them for the day. An exceptional day considering it was their first on the river. Well done to both, great fishing ..... I am very impressed..

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Paul and Joseph Taylor

Update15th April 2014

Mark Baring and his son Patrick two day break in the Upper Welsh Dee

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Mark and Patrick Baring

Update 12th April 2014

What a contrast to yesterday!! a very cold downstream wind hampered the fishing today, but, Tim still managed 6 out of season Grayling and 2 Brown Trout on the 'GH Rat' in the main, but at around 3pm there was a slight respite which lasted only a few minutes but allowed some 'Dry' fly action Tim managed a Grayling on a 'GH Sunfly', well done Tim a hard day but you fished well.

Update 11th April 2014

With the temperature rising, calmer weather, the trees bursting into leaf, SPRING has arrived in the Upper Welsh Dee. Grannom are hatching and this weekend should see quite some activity on the River.

Update 10th April 2104

Annan Trip 1 2014

Update 30th March 2014

Chirk Fishery training day today please follow the dated link below


Update 26th March 2014

First Brownie of 2014, not a great fish by any standards but still an important one, taken on a 'Rat'

Update 21st March 2014

David Edwards (Bugbond Man) fished Chirk today in testing conditions from flat calm and sun through to gale force wind and hail....proper 'Welsh Spring' weather. He excelled with a dozen fish and dropped as many again...... Well done David !!!
A couple of pics.

Chirk Fishery is well worth a visit !

Update 17th March 2014

Fishing Holidays in Wales, updated and also the first report from Llyn Brenig Reservoir is in.

Update 3rd March 2014

Chirk Fishery Training day 2.3.2014 please follow link below.


Update 6th March 2014

With the River Dee dropping fast a few anglers are venturing out and having a cast for Grayling and Trout. Steve Daley spent a few hours this afternoon in the Upper Dee and accounted for 3 Grayling on a 'Rat', here's one of them, a cracking fish.

Update18th February 2014

'Cabin Fever' had set in this morning and whilst I had some chores to attend to initially I decided that I would venture out in search of a 'Lady of the Stream', yes, a touch of Grayling fishing. The 'Snowdrops' are out and fully extended, the 'Daffodils' are forming heads here, last evening just before dark, whilst loading the log basket I paused to listen to a Blackbird in full song in a nearby tree. I thought to myself, we've hardly had any 'Winter Grayling' fishing due to the constant rain and gales and whilst the River Dee is full to the brim I was determined to have a cast today. After lunch I ventured out, leader to hand method with a team of 'Rats' fishing in the margins of one of the slower pools. I spotted a freshly hatched 'Olive' floating on the water and also a couple of 'Chironomids' hatching out, the fish showed no interest in them. A few casts and the sight indicator slipped gently away, I lifted into a fish and the thrill followed by the adrenalin rush travelled right through my body and into my toes. The rod bent over and it gave a very good account of itself in the heavy bank high water, it was soon subdued and I was able to net it. A quick photo and back it went, not the biggest of 'Grayling' but it was in pristine condition.

Lost the business end on the next cast !!! but the fever had gone, so I returned home, to tie a few more 'Rats'.

Here it is.

Update 9th February 2014

With the 26th January training day re-arranged to the 9th February, today, there were still worries concerning the weather.However, whilst it was not ideal our clients appeared to enjoy the challenges.

Report by Trevor Heyliger

Ten clients braved the elements today at Chirk in an attempt to improve their casting and fishing skills. In a cold and blustery wind and through driving rain they got to grips with some casts and techniques to combat the difficult conditions.
A special mention to John and David who's introduction to fly casting could not have been more challenging. However, they were both roll casting and overhead casting by the end of the day and were able to adapt those casts to compensate for the wind.
There were great improvements too for Mark and (the other) David regarding their overall technique.
The more advanced casters worked on developing their single and double hauls to help with their delivery in the tough and changeable weather.
As you might have gathered, the conditions didn't make for great fishing but several fish were hooked and lost and only one fish came to the net. That said, all present were happy with their progress under the circumstances and they will all reap the benefits when the conditions are more favourable. Well done to all of you!

Update 5th February 2014

Check out the March issue 2014 of the Trout Fisherman Magazine for an article on
Chirk Trout Fishery.

River Level on the Dee dropping again, but not quite enough to allow easy and safe access.

Newsletter and Pricing structure for
Brenig Reservoir announced, please check the Llyn Brenig Reservoir page.

Update 3rd January 2014

Whilst the River Dee is nearly in the fields and the feeder Lakes / Reservoirs full to the brim, there is little hope of fishing for the 'Ladies' this weekend. Alternative is Chirk Fishery it is fishing well to Dries and Bloodworm patterns.

Update 31st December 2013

Decided to send the old year out in style, but, with the River Dee up to the top of the bank I had to settle for an alternative and I'm glad that i did, Chirk Fishery. It was blowing and raining heavily at 9am, so i stayed indoors, but by 11am it had stopped raining and the sun broke through the clouds, I was on the road and enjoyed a magical couple of hours. Who would ever consider fishing 'dry flies' between Christmas and New Year, well, with the odd fish topping, on went the 'GH Sunfly' size 14, and I was glad i did. I secured the first fish a 'Grayling' on the second cast and went on to catch 3 small Browns that have bred naturally in the lake and two of the stocked Rainbows. Thank you 'Chirk Fishery' and Shaun ofcourse.

Some pics

Update 4th December 2013

Weather was very kind to us today in the Upper Dee when Paul Jones brought his friends. Jon, Damian and 'Rocket' to fish for the 'Ladies'. Whilst the fishing was hard the perseverence in the group paid off, with a total of 19 for the day, 18 Grayling and 1 out of season Brown Trout.

Please follow the dated link below for the full report.


Update 25th November 2013

Chirk Fishery Training Day

Perfect Casting conditions / Fish Taking Dry Flies / Nymphs & Buzzers?
Well that’s exactly what we got! A chilly start, however perfect conditions for new comers to pick up the essential casting skills for the afternoon's fishing and for the more accomplished to raise their standards.
A superb spread and hot bowl or two of Soup, followed by cakes and mince pies hit the spot and warmed us up for the afternoons fishing. A big thanks to Shaun and Becky at the fishery for providing the winter warmer lunch.
Fishing conditions were difficult as expected, the majority caught fish and almost everyone connected with fish at some stage, not all were landed. The ones that made it to the net had taken Dry Flies, Buzzers just under the Surface and Nymphs low and slow. Well done to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed as much as we did.


4th September 2012

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