Kinmel Beat 3
River Elwy – Kinmel Beat Three
Guests: No Guests, Junior or Interim Members allowed.
Non-Fishing Companions: Are not permitted.
Two rods on a beat of one and a half miles of mostly double bank fishing on the Kinmel Estate. The Elwy is a spate river that fishes well during the day when there is water on. There are salmon, sea trout and good wild brown trout to be caught. Advice on current conditions can be obtained from Foxon’s during normal shop hours on 01745 583 583. The Elwy gauge is located just 50m above this beat.
NB. We share the water with Vale of Clwyd AC and if a pool is occupied you should inform the occupant that you wish to fish and will return in one hour. The rod must then vacate the pool in your favour for at least one hour. If the pool is large enough two anglers may share it by mutual agreement – following each other down and keeping moving. Courtesy and common sense must be applied on the Kinmel beats.
How to get there – OS map reference SH 952 718 to 964 722
From the A55 – Leave the A55 at the St. Asaph Business Park Exit. At the second island turn right on to the B5381 towards Betws-yn-Rhos until you see a large signpost opposite the gate to Bodelwyddan Park. Turn left and immediately right and continue on the B5381 past the left turn to Llannefydd and take the next left turn at the bottom of a dip. You will shortly come to a cross roads, (the entrance to Beat 2 is a lane straight ahead) take the right turn and follow the lane without turning off. For the bottom of the beat after about 2 miles take the fork on the left to Pont Meredydd Caravan Park and park on the left of the road with the farm machinery. To reach the top of the beat, ignore the left fork to Pont Meredydd and carry on to the converted chapel. Turn left and follow the road down the hill to Pont-y-Gwyddel. Cross the road bridge, enter the field and park just inside the field gate on the side of the track, or you can take your car down to the Sheepdip Pool and park out of the way near the bridge.
A longer but easier route is to stay on the B5381 until it meets the A548. Turn left and then go about 1.25 miles before taking the second turn on the left (which is a cross roads), immediately bear right and follow the lane for about a mile to the first junction, turn left and then almost immediately right, by the converted chapel, and then down to Pont-y-Gwyddel.
Access to the water
There is parking available adjacent to some of the pools for the less active members.
Water information The beat is fishable throughout its length with several unnamed pools and is generally good fly water. The Bridge Pool stops fish as they cannot leave the pool until there is a good height of water, this and the Sheepdip Pool by the cattle bridge are both good night fishing pools The Rock Pool usually holds fish in low water conditions as does the Weir Pool just upstream of Pont Meredydd. Fish tend to lie under the banks throughout the beat other than in the Bridge Pool where they lie in the deep area in the middle of the pool and under the trees on the far side. Wade from the gravel beach with care as the depth increases quickly. NB: There has occasionally been a dangerous Holstein bull in the fields on this beat. If the bull is present it is recommended that cars are parked on the road without blocking the gate and great care taken.