Report June – July 2016


Dwyfor Season so far:

Well, it’s been a long wait, but the season has finally kicked off with catches being reported on the Dwyfor. We were lucky enough to have a bit of fresh water in May which was enough to bring in a Spring Run of Salmon which have now gone upstream. With the recent downpours over the last few weeks, the river has been flooding quite regular which has meant that a
steady run of big Sea Trout has been entering the system on a regular basis and have now moved up.

One Stephen Williams was fortunate to hook into one of these beauties weighing in at 10lb 8oz, pictured below. With the month of August fast approaching, it bodes well for fly fishing for these Sea Trout and Sewin entering the system over the coming weeks. A few Shad have also been reported in being caught on small plugs in the tidal reaches of the river, proving water quality to be brilliant for them to be there in the first place. Remember, you can report your catches to Criccieth Tackle Box for a mention on here, and would be nice to hear anyone who’s doing well.

A blog well worth reading has come in by Lee Goddard, for access you need to click on the following link, or go to our facebook page and click on the link there.

International Scene:

We are very fortunate this year to have 2 trialists competing for the chance to represent the Dwyfor at International Level for the Welsh Senior Fly Fishing Team, with 3 trials been already this year on Trawsfynydd, Clywedog and Brenig, things are looking positive for Carl Williams with results of 18th, 19th and an 8th to give him a chance to make the cut when competing on Llandegfedd in September. First time trialist Meirion Jones, also competing for his first cap for Wales has been producing decent results of 22nd, 21st and 20th respectively.

Over on the youth side, Morgan Jones of Chwilog will be winning his first Youth Cap competing on Loch Lein, Ireland in August of this year, we wish him all the very best and i’m sure he’ll do his club and country proud!stephen mutt 10lb 8oz


Tight Lines all.

Update for August

It is with great sadness that we record the sad passing of our Chairman Mr. Alan Bailey. Alan passed away on Sunday 30th August at Ysbyty Gwynedd with his family present.
The funeral will take place at Bangor Crematorium at 10am on Wednesday 9th September followed by a memorial service at St.Catherines Church, Criccieth at 12.30pm

August Report

First of all, it is with great sadness that we record the passing of our President Mr G.Emlyn Williams. ‘Big Em’ died last Wednesday 19th August after a long illness bravely endured. Our thoughts are with his family. It is also with sadness that we also have learnt of the passing of long time member Robin Milgwyn last week as well, once again our thoughts are with his family.


With regards to fishing, it has been a very productive month with plenty of fish moving into the system as is expected at this time of year. Main methods have been spinning or worm fishing during the day, while fly fishing at night has proved to be very difficult recently. The majority of the fish have been fresh Sewin around the 3/4lb to 2lb mark, however there have been exceptions with fish from the July run being caught. These fish have been bigger and are proving to be a great fight, especially when the river is in flood. Catches have been reported by Steve Barrott (his first Dwyfor Sea Trout) with a fish of around 3lb and Carl Williams with a fish at 3lb 2oz. Biggest fish reported however is the belting 6lb Sea Trout caught by Bruce Williams on the 23rd all caught between the tidal stretch up to the top end of the Llanystumdwy Woods. Let’s hope for a good run of Salmon which should start appearing middle of September.




Carl 3lb Sea Trout     Dad 6lb Sea Trout (2) Steve Barrott 4lb Sea Trout

June/July Update

Fishing has been very productive over the last few weeks with very promising catches being reported on a daily basis. Mr Stephen Mutt and Mr Russell Roster just to name a couple have been having a lot of fun with plugs and spinners, landing a fair few Sea Trout weighing between 2lb and 9lb. Photos are available on our facebook group as always. With these warm nights and constant water levels, it has the recipe for a very decent month of night fishing on the fly.

It is also with great sadness that we learned that Mr Tom Bailiff passed away yesterday. All our thoughts go out to the whole family at this very difficult time. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Next Thursday 16th July at Bethel chapel, Golan at 1pm.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, there are also a few Junior days coming up in the calendar, evening competitions and days at Eisteddfa Fishery will be organised once again, dates to be confirmed in the next few days.

May Update

It’s been a very quiet few months on the river with regards to fishing, but recently fish have been showing in the estuary. Reports are that a 6lb Sea Trout has been caught along with a few other smaller Sewin which is great to see! The hope is that with the Full moon this week and rain in the weather forecast promises brilliant conditions for fish to move into the system. It has also been decided by the Committee that the Junior Days will be held on Eisteddfa Fishery this summer, they are a great way for the Juniors (and adults) at the club to come along for fly casting tuition and a bit of simple water craft by our coaches and experienced International anglers at the club and hopefully catch a few fish!

A massive congratulations needs to be said to 2 of our members, David Bailey and Aled Hughes, who have completed their Level 1 angling coaching qualification. The club is proud to say, along with Carl Williams, that we have 3 excellent, hard working coaches who are always willing lend a helping hand and are looking forward to putting their skills to the test this year with numerous events planned to enhance the opportunities for the Juniors at the club.

On the 29th of May, the Spring Fly Fishing International took place on Rutland Water with our very own Carl Williams taking part in his 2nd Cap for Wales in the team of 14. After 5 days of hard practice on the water prior to the main event and the devastating news of the loss of Welsh angling Legend Moc Morgan during the week, a true gentleman and Hero to many who will be greatly missed by all. With heads held high and full of thoughts of Moc, they went out to attempt to make him proud. With conditions worsening during the day, it got very lumpy very quickly on Rutland with the fishing becoming very hard. Final Results were as follows;

Gold Medal: Scotland with 66 fish

Silver Medal: England with 61 fish

Bronze Medal: Ireland with 45 fish

Wooden Spoon: Wales with 43 fish

On the plus side, Carl managed a respectable 5 fish which put him in 3rd place in the Welsh team and 17th overall. A great achievement and a big congratulations to him.

Remember, members should report catches (and pics) to Russell Roster in Criccieth Tackle Box so they can be posted on here in our new weekly updates.

Tight Lines.

Come and Try It – Fly Fishing Introduction Day

Two, one day fly fishing introduction day events for up to 10 participants ( junior and adults ) to come and try their hand at Fly Fishing with guidance from experienced fly fishermen and coaches

of our Afon Dwyfor Association have been arranged at Eisteddfa Fishery, Pentrefelin.

These will be held on Thursday 14th August and Tuesday 19th August from11am till 4.30pm.

Each participant will need to register in advance with the secretary by telephoning

01766 810548.

The charge for the day will be £8 per person. Within the price each participant may keep one trout they catch to take home, additional fish would need to be paid for by the individual if they wish to keep them.

Both events will be FREE OF CHARGE TO JUNIORS HOLDING A 2014 JUNIOR PERMIT which can be obtained in Sheffield House, Criccieth or Criccieth Tackle Box.

Eisteddfa fishery has parking facilities, toilets and a café serving food and refreshments.

Latest Catches and News

It has been a very dry couple of months in this area of North Wales coinciding with the rest of the UK to be honest! Therefore at time of writing (30th July) the water level on the Dwyfor continues to be very low to say the least. At the start of this month last year, we had a big flood which helped push a very big run of big Sea Trout upstream. This year unfortunately we have not been so lucky, the river has not been above trickling speed for around a month, the fish however have been on the move during the evenings and the big tides that have been on very recently.

On the two occasions I have ventured out onto the river in the past 2 weeks during the night on the Aberkin stretch, it has been very pleasing to see and hear the amount of fish, large and small, moving up into the system with splashes in every pool I’ve walked past. To my knowledge, Stephen Mutt Williams, Len Pemberton, Billy Monks, Alan Bailey and Barry Evans have been just a few of the ones to catch recently all landing Sea trout between 2-6lb. One of our Juniors Jack Wood had a great night last night (29th) landing a 15lb fresh run Sea trout (See picture) on an Alexander fly as well so a massive congratulations to him! A huge congratulations also goes to Stephen Williams for catching the first Salmon of the season, a very nice fresh run Grilse of 6lb (See Picture) whereas the closest I’ve come to catching at all is hitting a tree on the far bank…

Unfortunately with low water comes poaching, and at the moment they are out in force it seems! Please be aware, the association does not encourage individuals to confront these people, but it is possible for you to either get in touch with the authorities or phone Natural Resource Wales line on 0800 807060 if you see anything you wish to report.

On the competition scene, there has been more success for Carl Williams who has successfully qualified for the Wales Commonwealth team which is to fish in Quebec, Canada in 2016 following a trial on Llyn Brenig recently where he came 4th. If any members are keen to enter the competition scene for next year, please get in touch with us for more details.

With regards to the juniors tuition day I briefly mentioned in one of the posts, it will take place over 2 days on the 14th and 19th of August at Eisteddfa Fishery in Pentrefelin, please be aware that numbers have been limited to 10 individuals on a first come, first served basis to all junior members of the Dwyfor, therefore if there is any interest, please contact the secretary on 01766 810548. The day will consist of fly casting tuition, as well as how to read habitats to determine the best tactics to use etc. More details will be posted about the event on the Facebook page/newsfeed so keep an eye out for that!

If there are any more catches you would like to report, please send an email to with your name pic and weight of fish and will post them up!

Stephen Williams' 6lb Grilse

Stephen Williams’ 6lb Grilse

Jac Wood’s 15lb Sea trout caught on an Alexander fly.

Early Season Fun!

Since my last post, the weather is becoming more settled, it’s definitely getting warmer (about time I hear you say) and the fly life around the river is increasing. Before starting on the Dwyfor news, the first Welsh international trials were held on Llyn Trawsfynydd on the 26th and 27th of April, only 1 of our members was involved. Carl managed a respectable 9th position on the Sunday in a very hard fought competition with catches being few and far between. With a bit of luck during the next trial, our own secretary Geraint Pritchard and Grandson Aled Hughes (Making his senior trial debut) will also be involved, best of luck to them next month.

With regards to the Dwyfor, it has been very quiet on the fishing front. We all know fishermen have their own habits for the season. The Dwyfor is no exception, one of the “rules” most of the fishermen abide by is the “No point fishing until after the Criccieth fair” rule… Since the fair is usually held at the end of May/start of June, it’s no big surprise that it’s very uncommon to meet a fisherman on the river before then. Another one of these so called “Rules” is the one the majority of anglers abide by is the “No fishing until after the first flood of the season” rule. Reason being is the first flood usually gives the river a thorough clean ready for the season! Thankfully, this season, it’s come early, therefore the river is clean and prepared for the anglers!

To break the no early season fishing trend, I went out for an hour tonight (14/05/14) to see whether this sudden change in the weather could tempt a few brownies on the dry fly. I’m happy to report that it did! Having gone down to Llanystumdwy by 5.30pm with the intention of fishing the new pools (First 5 noted pools on the map), Deio’s and Penmaenmawr pools. Setting out with the usual floating line, 9ft6 rod with 4lb line armed with a small black hopper and an olive hopper on the point the fun began.

The first pool allowed a brownie to be tempted by the black hopper with a ferocious take but unfortunately came unstuck, another 5 casts in the pool resulted in 3 more follows and a couple of bigger swirls around the fly, but no more takes. The casts kept coming as I moved up the pools after spending a good 10minutes on each. It wasn’t until Penmaenmawr when things got a little more interesting, rising trout at the head and tail of the pool. A quick cast to cover resulted in a nice solid take on the black hopper once again, this time, I was fortunate to land it. A very nice hard fighting brownie typical of the River Dwyfor! A few more casts to cover rising fish resulted in more swirls but unfortunately no connections apart from the one which swirled over the black hopper only to take the olive and to shake loose after a moment of madness of jumps and runs, all part of the fun with these browns!! So, with that being said, the brownie action on the river is definitely on the rise, and with more good weather being promised, why not pop down onto the river and see whether you can tempt a few browns on light gear? I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

Another point of interest for those of you who are complete novices and are tempted to give fishing a try, there is an open day being run at Eisteddfa Fishery in Pentrefelin where there is a chance to be instructed on fly casting by our club’s coaches as well as the chance to catch fish up to double figures at this Troutmasters Waters. More details on this to follow.

That’s all from me for now, any queries, please let us know by email, send us a tweet @dwyforangling or on facebook on Dwyfor Angling Association.

Dwyfor Brown Trout caught and returned at Penmaenmawr Pool in Llanystumdwy.

New Season Incoming!

Now with the new season fast approaching, there is a bit of info for you all. I am happy to announce that the prices of tickets will remain the same for this year.

Therefore prices will be set as follows:

Local Prices;

Full Season: £55

Concession: £30

16-18yr Olds: £27

Juniors up to 16yrs: Free (However still need a permit)

Visiting Angler Prices;

Full Season: £125

Concession: £65

Week Ticket: £65

3 Day Ticket: £34

1 Day Ticket: £23

16-18yr Olds: £27

Juniors up to 16: Free (However still need a permit)

Exchange Prices;

Associate Members (Residence in Gwynedd only!): £85

Glaslyn Exchange Full Season: £55

Glaslyn Concession Full Season: £30


Now that those are out of the way, onto business! There are exciting times ahead in Criccieth for a new Tackle Shop opening up in Nefyn Cleaners. It will be called “The Criccieth Tackle Box” and will provide for all your angling needs, mainly concentrating on Predator fishing (Fly, Spinning, Bait fishing) or Sea Fishing. It will be open before the Start of the Season so remember to stop by! Contact Russell on 01766 523633 or “Like” the group on Facebook.

In the past, the Dwyfor AA has been responsible for supplying the Welsh Fly Fishing team with truly excellent anglers who have been VERY successful on the International stage earning many caps between them. In recent years however, the numbers have reduced. In 2012, one Aled Hughes, Grandson to our Multi-Internationally Capped Secretary Mr Geraint Pritchard made it into the Welsh Youth International held on Lough Owel resulting in 4th place for the team who fished in VERY challenging conditions. This year there is a debut cap in the Welsh Team from Carl Williams who qualified in 6th place in the trials last year in only the second time of asking, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather Emrys Owen. He will be taking part in the Autumn Internationals in Brenig in September. Still on the Internationals topic, there is always room for a few more to participate, therefore any interested individuals should contact the secretary of the club for forms.

With regards to the website, there will be a map of all the pools along the river that will be uploaded in the coming days. The information on the Upper Section Pools on the river will be updated as soon as possible including descriptions and photos.

With the vast history on the river, the stories by fishermen are endless. Therefore I am contemplating putting a new tab on the site to include past tales on the river. To do this however, I’m looking for individuals to provide any stories they might have for the river. If you want to share, please write to us! Old Pictures would also definitely be a welcome edition!

Anyway, that’s all for now, no doubt I’ll be posting before the start of the season. Keep an eye out on the Facebook news feed for upcoming news and events!

Hope to see a few of you in the AGM Next Weekend.

Welcome to the new website!

First of all, can I on behalf of the Dwyfor Angling Association Committee welcome you to the brand new website! With this blog, we hope you will receive up to date news on what’s going on during the seasons! Worth noting that we are also on Facebook as the group “Cymdeithas Enweiriol Afon Dwyfor Angling Association” so please “Like” the page and let us know what you think.

On the site we’ve tried to incorporate as much help and info that you want to know about the river, everything from pictures and descriptions of pools, ongoing projects as well as simple tips for new anglers to bear in mind.

At time of writing, The Dwyfor has been at a constant high! Unfortunately it’s come 4 months too late for us fishermen! As I watch the river flowing in a nice chocolate colour through the arches in Llanystumdwy Bridge, I can’t help myself but think “What if the season was extended? And how would our catch returns turn out?” Unfortunately, we won’t know, for the next few years at least.

There is a belief between the anglers in the club that the running fish are coming up in the later months as the years progress. Since our season finishes in October, we generally think that we’re missing the main runs. With seemingly quieter seasons on the catching front in the last few years for both Salmon and Sea Trout, these are worrying times. On the bright side, there have been good reports for the number of Sea Trout being caught last season which is very encouraging to say the least!

During the forthcoming months, working parties will be organised for routine maintenance along the river bank. If any member would be interested in helping, please forward a message to the secretary with your details who can in turn let the appropriate individuals know.

A note to individuals new to Angling, if you are interested in learning more about fishing and the different methods for what water level and key points and tips, please let us know! The Association has a qualified Level 1 Coach in Carl Williams whom will be happy to help.

The first date for your diary is the Afon Dwyfor Angling Association Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Marine Hotel, Criccieth on Friday the 17th January 2014 at 7.30pm. A warm welcome to all.
Here’s hoping for an excellent season in 2014! Tight Lines to all!

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