A selection of fisheries to enjoy in 2019
Castle Forbes, Alford, Aberdeenshire
This is a new beat to the Passport in 2019 and the first Scottish fishery to join the scheme.
Situated half way between the source of the River Don and its mouth, this is almost 6.5 kilometres of double bank fishing. East of the village of Alford, with majestic Bennachie as a backdrop, the 5 beats can provide excellent sport from February until the end of October.
The River Don at Castle Forbes flows through some of the most picturesque Aberdeenshire landscape. It is home to a range of freshwater species including salmon, sea trout, eels and lamprey. However, it is the specimen brown trout that make it most well known.
The 5 main beats at Castle Forbes are divided by the spectacular 101ft span of Keig Bridge which was designed in the early nineteenth century by the renowned Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford. Most pools can be covered satisfactorily from the bank - limited wading may assist fishing when summer bank vegetation growth becomes excessive.
Disserth and Bryn Ithon, nr Llandrindod Wells, Powys
These two beats have been very lightly fished and are either side of the village of Disserth, near Llandrindod Wells.
Comprising around 3 miles of river, this fishery offers the chance of wild trout, grayling and the occasional chub. A mixture of shale and bedrock, the wading is quite difficult, but worthwhile for the adventurous angler. This beat offers excellent value given the amount of water available. Trotting for grayling is permitted in winter too.
Just under a mile of left bank fishing on the river Ithon, immediately downstream of the Disserth beat. It also offers the chance of wild trout, grayling, chub and the wading is slightly easier than at Disserth. Trotting is also permitted in winter. With peregrines seen regularly above and a good hatch of flies, this scenic beat is worth a visit for the surrounings alone!
Dean and Chapter, Brockhampton, Herefordshire
The Dean & Chapter is one of the historic salmon catches of the middle Wye and is set in amongst some of the finest of Herefordshire’s countryside.
This beat is named after the famous salmon pool, which is at the upstream end of this one mile plus section of double bank fishing. The beat also has several other named salmon pools, along with croys and walkways from which to fish.
This beat has benefitted from extra work over the winter of 2018 to help improve access for salmon anglers, so now WUF's CEO is itching to fish there!
Having been fished very lightly in the past few years, 2019 should be the year when a few more salmon are landed on this historic part of the Wye.
Tidnor, near Hereford, Herefordshire
Approximately half a mile of left bank fishing on the lower Lugg, a few miles from it's confluence with the Wye and just outside of Hereford. This is a secluded section of the river that meanders through the historic “Lugg Flats”, a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest. Although relatively short, this beat can offer a great days fishing for one or two coarse anglers in a beautiful location. It is also a good alternative when the main river is high.
There is a mix of swims to suit a variety of water levels and the beat will especially suit those who like to stalk barbel and chub in smaller rivers or those looking for a change from the larger main Wye.
In 2018 we were delighted to add two wonderful lowland lakes to the Passport on the island of Anglesey: Cefni Reservoir and Llyn Coron.
Situated at the centre of the island, the 86 hectare Cefni Reservoir offers fly fishing for hard fighting wild brown trout and high quality stocked rainbows in beautiful surroundings. There is access to a private car park, fishing hut and toilet facilities.
Situated on the west coast of Anglesey, with a spectacular backdrop of Snowdonia and a hint of the nearby sea-shore on the breeze, this 80 acre natural stillwater fishery is a unique location.
Unusual in its tranquility, the lake is easily accessible, with waterside parking. A day spent wandering its shores and pitting your wits against its wild brown and sea trout is a memorable experience for even the most seasoned fly fisherman.
Oakfield, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Powys
One of our newest additions to the Wild Streams, Oakfield is also one of our most northerly beats. Located at the very top end of the Ithon, this short stretch (500m) is ideal for a couple of hours fishing. Its access is good so it's also an ideal beat for a beginner flyfisher to learn.
Winding through the beautiful Ithon Valley, this stretch is mostly shallow with some excellent riffle sections. Wading is easy but largely unnecessary because of the excellent bankside access.
Combine this beat with a visit to the nearby Tyllwyd or Llandewi beats and you have some excellent Wild Stream fishing at your rod-tip.