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The upper river Severn

The river meanders through some of the most stunning scenery in Wales. The river is a rain feed free stone river with a mix of runs, long riffles, glides and pools. The wading on the upper Severn is some of the easiest you will come across (very nice if you're a novice fly fisher ). The river levels are usually good as the river is controlled by Lyn Clewedog in the summer months and also the river drops quickly after rain brings the river up. There are some superb fly hatches throughout the year, notably Grannom/sedges, Black Gnat, stone/needle fly and various upwinged insects, with dry fly fishing well into the winter months, weather and river levels permitting.

You can fly fish for trout, grayling, the odd salmon and coarse fish.

There are also many smaller tributaries to fish such as Afon Rhiw, Afon Mule, Afon Carno and
Afon Trannon.
Afon Clywedog

Current Upper Severn Water Level.


Upper Wye

Set in wonderfully remote and rugged scenery, the top of the Wye system offers some of the most inspiring fishing available.
Located in the heart of Wales, this part of the river flows mostly over gravel and bed rock, which, along with sparsely distributed trees, make it an ideal place to head for if you are looking for easy access. In addition, the beats often remain fishable when high water is affecting the rest of the Wye system, rising and falling quickly and remaining clear in all but the worst conditions.
The river holds trout and grayling, the river can be very clear and demands cunning fishing.

current River Wye River Level Llangurig


Lower End Of The Upper Wye

The Wye around Builth Wells is where the upper Wye  starts to become a large river, with three main tributaries coming into the river above Builth Wells. The river has a large stone/rocky bottom with some slab rock, care is needed when wading. The river consists of long riffles, rapids, glides and deep pools.
You can fish for salmon, trout, grayling, pike, chub and a variety of other coarse fish. In mid May you can also see some visitors to the Wye system when shad and sea lampreys come into the river to spawn.

Current River Level Builth Wells


Afon Elan

This river is one of the main tributaries of the upper Wye, running from the Elan Valley Reservoirs and joining the Wye 1.5 miles south of Rhayader. The Elan has a large stone bouldery bottom and can be quite entertaining. Also a lot of the river is tree lined so there is plenty of insect life. The Elan provides excellent opportunities to fish when the Wye is in flood, as it is regulated by the Elan Valley Dams. The Elan Reservoirs also offer fantastic brown trout fishing and breathtaking views.
I can also offer fishing on the Elan on a very private beat, which has very little fishing pressure.

Current Afon Elan River Level


River Irfon

The Irfon is a major upper Wye tributary. The Irfon starts on the slopes of Bryn Garw, flowing in a southerly direction towards Llawrtyd Wells, though the secluded valleys of a national nature reserve, before turning east through Llangammarch Wells to join the main river at Builth Wells.
Thr Irfon holds good numbers of trout and grayling.
The Irfon is a prodominantly fast flowing bedrock dominated river, interspersed with gravel runs and deep pools.

Current Irfon River Level


River Ithon

The Ithon's source is close to the Severn catchment, and drains from the western areas of Radnorshire, before meandering in a southerly direction to join the main river just below Newbridge On Wye.
Following mainly through silurian shales, it is often the culprit when the Wye turns a greeny grey colour following heavy rainfall.
You can fish for brown trout, grayling, chub and dace.
I also have access to some lovely private beats on the Ithon.

Current Ithon river level

Elan Valley Lakes
Llyn Clewedog

Llyn Bugeilyn

Those that read the angling press will have seen features on trout fishing on wild upland lakes, tucked away in the rugged geology of the more remote areas of the UK. This is just such a stillwater, sitting in moorland at about 1,700 feet above sea level. Its 45 acres offer truly wild fishing for the unique black finned trout of Bugeilyn, which average around half a pound. Daily catches of twenty of these extremely hard fighting wild brownies are not uncommon.

Please be aware that although there is a track down to the lake, this has deteriorated in the past couple of years and is now accessible only with a 4x4. Anglers without 4x4 vehicles will need to park up by the road and walk the 2.2 miles down to the lake.

I can produce flies to suit all situations.You can select from large to micro dries, spider patterns, nymphs un-weighted and weighted. You can have your flies weighted with lead wire, plastic beads, brass beads, tungsten beads, or a combination of both if you wish. All my flies are tied on quality hooks and you can choose from micro barb or barbless.
Also I can supply salmon and seatrout flies , on either single, double or treble hooks, including snake flies.

Custom Tied Flies
If you have a particular fly in mind, or an old favourite pattern you can no longer get hold of, if you can describe the pattern to me I can re-create it for you, the fly tied to your personel specification.
If you think you have a fly pattern that might work better, with a little of this , or a little of that in the pattern, no problem, it could possibly give you that edge, the only person using that given fly pattern, let your imagination run wild !!!
If you would like a selection of flies as a present for someone, or a range to get you started out fly fishing, I will supply you with a presentation set, in a quality fly box ( engraved if you wish).
I can also supply a set of  framed flies, you say which flies you would like and leave the rest to me.

C&F Desgin Fly Boxes

Richard Wheatley fly boxes

Wheatley and C&F fly boxes are available separately.

Fly Tying, Fly Casting and Fly Fishing
If you would like to know more about any of the above, please feel free to get in touch.
If you would like to incorporate all three into a day out, I do a "make it, cast it and catch it day", where I teach you how to make your own flies, teach you to cast a fly, or improve your fly casting, then go out and catch a fish on what you have learnt.
The sense of satisfaction from catching a fish on a fly you have made, will stay with you forever.

Gift Vouchers
If you would like a present for a friend or loved one, why not give them something to really remember.
Either a days guided fishing in some of the most beautiful parts of Wales, or a couple of casting lessons to improve their fishing.
It wouldn't be a present for just one day, it would be with them every time they go fishing.
All you need to do is to contact me with your requirements, then leave the rest to me.
I will ensure your present will be memorable and perfect.

Braid Czech Nymphing Leaders
I make and supply my own braid Czech Nymph leaders, for optimum sensitivity. You can feel every bump and knock, as your fly trundles along the river bed. Once you are really in tune with the technique, you can actually feel a fish pick and mouth your fly - a definite advantage, when Czech Nymphing for finnicky grayling.                                                5.95 inc p&p


Gift vouchers available for that special present to remember
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