River Elwy – Wigfair Hall
How to get there OS map reference – SJ 023 703 to 031 710.
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 Member.
Non-fishing Companions: Are permitted.
This is a scenic stretch of the Elwy and WGFC share this beat with Capenhurst Anglers however the beat is lightly fished by both clubs, the lower part of the beat can be accessed by car via Bryn Wygan farm. NB: Dolbedyr, the property at the end of the track, is a holiday cottage owned by the Landmark Trust so please keep noise to an absolute minimum, particularly at night, as any complaints could result in losing our access by car. The beat has some fly fishing water but is largely treed over and casting can be challenging however the beat is good for spinning and worming. This is a spate river and the correct conditions are critical. Advice on current conditions can be obtained from Foxon’s during normal shop hours on 01745 583 583. The beat holds a head of brown trout and they can be taken on the fly under most conditions using small stream tactics, there is a hatch of mayfly.
Bottom of the beat. – WGFC has exclusive parking via Bryn Wygan farm that provides easy access to the right hand bank. If you intend to night fish you must call Mr Roberts (the farmer) on 01745 730474 before 20:00 on the night you are fishing.
Directions to Bryn Wygan Farm: from Trefnant traffic lights on the A525 take the B5428 sign posted Henllan, go straight across at the cross roads, after approximately half a mile there is a road entering on the right hand side, shortly after you will see a stone wall on the right, about 200 yds from the junction, this is the entrance to Bryn Wygan farm. Turn into the farm entrance and follow the road to the farm (about half a mile). Just before you get to the farm yard (DO NOT GO INTO THE FARM YARD) there is a gate on the right with a large sign which says ‘Close the gate’, go through this gate and follow the track down to the river, please make sure you close all gates unless you find them open. Follow the track downhill and you will see Dolbedyr on the left (white building with stone wall around it). Drive past Dolbedyr and at the end of the track there is a gate on the left, only if there are no cattle in the field, open the combination lock on the gate (code 3075) and park in the fenced off area, please note this area is defined Tir Gofal (nature corridor) please park sensibly. If the field is dry and there are no cattle you can drive across the field to the river by using the gate at the rear of the car park. If there are cattle in the field park across the gate, do not unlock it, and climb over to access the field. When night fishing please park so you are ready to drive out so as to minimise disturbance to Dolbedyr.
Top of the beat: from Trefnant traffic lights on the A525 take the B5428 sign posted Henllan, go straight across at the cross roads and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Then take a narrow lane on your right – on a blind left hand bend and almost a reverse turn – signposted to Bont Newydd. Continue for approximately 1 mile, at the bottom of the wooded hill there is a small lay-by on the right just before you cross the Afon Meirchion. Access to the water – On the right hand side of the bridge over the Afon Meirchion there is an access gate (lock code 2003) or, via the gate in the lay-by (lock code 1968) onto a footpath and follow the stream to the Elwy. The beat starts from where the Afon Meirchion enters the Elwy and, despite it previously being double bank, the landlord has requested that we only fish from the right hand bank.