St Asaph Angling Association
St Asaph Angling Association controls some of the best fishing beats on two of the major game fishing rivers in North Wales - the Rivers Clwyd and Elwy. We also have control of a small still water known as Crydy Gwynt, together with double bank fishing on the River Aled. In total, we control approximately fifteen miles of fishing in a superb location.
The Clwyd and Elwy are much-celebrated Sea Trout and Salmon rivers. Both are now benefiting from the 'buy off' of the estuary nets in 1998, which were taking large quantities of fish before they entered the river system.
The River Clwyd's source is in the high ground to the north of Corwen and it runs down stream through Ruthin, passing the market town of Denbigh and the cathedral city of St Asaph. It flows through Rhuddlan and finally enters the Irish Sea at Rhyl. It is deep and slow running with a sand and gravel bottom. Even in drought conditions there is plenty of good water for fishing.
The River Elwy starts its journey down stream from the mountains near Llangernyw. Just below Llanfair T. H the River Aled joins the Elwy. The river continues east through the centre of St Asaph and joins the river Clwyd just above Rhuddlan. It is a fast flowing river with a rocky gravel base, plenty of fast runs and numerous pools.
These rivers and their tributaries are best fished for Sea Trout from June onwards as they tend to start running in earnest this month. The best months for nighttime fly-fishing are usually July and August. April and May are usually the best months for Spring Salmon, although, if conditions are right, they can be caught when the season opens in March. Grilse start entering the system in August and these are followed in September and October with the back end run of Salmon. This is usually the best time for Salmon fishing. The native Brown Trout population is mostly composed of small fish, though the association undertakes stocking of larger fish. There are no coarse fish species in these rivers.
Crydy Gwynt is a two and a half acre lake set in a peaceful location. It is well stocked with Rainbow Trout and a good head of Wild Brown Trout. At present, there is a small charge for fishing here.
St Asaph Angling Association is constantly searching for new waters and hopes to increase its membership this year. For further details contact Mr Keith Benson on 01745 561916 or call at Foxons World Famous Tackle Shop, Lower Denbigh Road, St Asaph, Denbighshire, N. Wales and ask for a membership pack.