Rhewl Farm, Pont Dafydd & Ysgubor y Coed (Rhyl & ST Asaph AS)
Access to the water
Follow the track on the right of the farm to the field and wheel tracks will lead you to the bottom gate (Note: do not drive directly across this field as it is a bog. Turn left and make a slow ‘U’ turn skirting the bog. Across the field is another gate which takes you roughly to the middle of the beat – we have two fields upstream and one down. Vehicle access to the river is available in dry conditions but be aware of possible cattle damage to your car. Please carefully close all gates behind you unless you find them open. There is alternative parking on the Rhyl beat at Pont Dafydd go through the gate (Lock Code 1949) and park so as not to obstruct the farm track.
Guests: Guests allowed each season until 31st August. Junior & Interim Members allowed all season. Junior Members to be accompanied by sponsor. Guest & Interim members must be accompanied by a Full or 5 Day Member.
Non-Fishing Companions: Are permitted.
The Clwyd is a lowland river that colours after rain and is slow to clear. This beat often fishes well for a week after the Elwy has run off. There is approximately 1 mile of right hand bank with a number of small pools and lies that hold salmon, sea trout and brown trout. It is mainly spinning; shrimp and worming water, with some pools where a fly can be used and some of these pools are suitable for night fishing. The fish reach this beat quite quickly off the tide but move through quickly on anything but low water. The Clwyd gauge is located about half a mile downstream of this beat. There are no named pools on this beat but it is the first holding water for fish running the Clwyd. The beat is single bank and is easily fly fished (single handed rod) for most of the beat. If you drive to the river bank via the track from Rhewl Farm make sure you can get back up the hill particularly if the grass is wet – you have been warned. This is an ideal night fishing water as the access is easy and safe with little or no need for wading. The river is noted for sea trout (but timing your visit is critical) but given water the salmon fishing can be good. Sea trout will enter this beat even on low water. Please note the river can take some time to clear after a flood.
How to get there
OS map reference SJ 052 738 to 045 745.
From the A55 Chester direction – leave the A55 at the bottom of Rhuallt Hill onto the B5429 which is signposted to Trefnant and almost immediately turn right onto a new road that shortly becomes a rougher lane. The long driveway to Rhewl Farm is on the right about 200 yds along the lane. Go down the drive, through the gate into the farmyard, and park on the grass to your right along with the farm machinery.
NB: You can book this beat together with Pont Dafydd (Rhyl & St. Asaph) and fish both beats and also go upstream onto R&SAAS’ Ysgybor y Coed beat that adjoins Rhewl Farm on the upstream side.