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Welcome to

Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association

Game fishing in North Wales for Sea Trout,
Wild Brown Trout, Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Grayling

LEARN TO CAST A FLY FOR £10

Our second "Introduction to Fly Fishing" event in 2024 will be held at our member's
lake near Denbigh on Saturday July 6th 2024.

Following the initial demonstration our coaches will guide you through the basics
and by the end of the day you'll be casting for rainbow, blue and brown trout
with barbless flies.

The event commences at 10:30a.m. and usually finishes around 3:30pm.

Click the button below for more information and entry form.
Adult non-members - £10
All members and u-16 non-members - FREE

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2024
FISHING AT LLYN BRENIG

Our Members' Llyn Brenig / Llyn Alwen tickets run from
January 1st to December 31st.


Llyn Brenig is a top international fishery and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to our members at no extra cost.  Brenig rainbow and blue trout are very hard-fighting as they are raised in the lake and many grow on to a very large size!

OUR 2024 ROD ALLOCATION
From 1-1-2024 we'll have 2 RODS every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That's about 500 rod days bookable for members via our online booking system.

Please Note:

ANPR cameras at Brenig.

FROM 2024 You need to book in at the Visitor Centre each time you go fishing there and log in your car reg. no's to avoid a parking ticket!

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Above: 5lb rainbow. Tower Bay July 2023
Below: 4lb rainbow January 7th 2024

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Llyn Brenig is fishing well following the first batch of stocking. We can all look forward to some great sport there again this season so make the most of our 2 Association rods every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec 31st.

Having booked your place on our booking system, register with your membership card at the Visitor Centre on the day you fish and make sure you register your car reg.no. too.


Tight Lines!

ABOUT US

Rhyl & St Asaph Angling Association forms one of the oldest fishing clubs in North Wales, covering a period of around seventy years. It is a founder member of the Federation of Clwyd Angling Clubs, and a member of the Angling Trust.

The three main rivers of the Clwyd catchment offer some of the best fishing in Wales for sea trout (sewin). Our Association has 21 river beats:- 10 on the Clwyd, 10 on the Elwy and a long beat on the Aled, many in prime areas of the catchment. These give members excellent and affordable game fishing for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout in the Vale of Clwyd and Elwy Valley, areas of outstanding natural beauty.

An important consideration when you are looking to join a club is ease of access to the fishing and Rhyl & St Asaph AA members have easy access as many of our river beats are within 4Km of St Asaph. Sea trout and salmon will reach many of our beats much sooner than people realise after they enter the river system on a high tide at Rhyl. Whilst our waters are not tidal, a tide table is a valuable tool to have.

Members do not need to book to fish most of our river beats. The two beats that are bookable are available 24/7 via our online booking system. They have a six rod limit on each, and are split-day basis  6am - 6pm or 6pm - 6am, so plenty of availability for daytime and night-time anglers.

We also have a rod share with Llangollen Maelor A.C. to fish the Welsh Dee, for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, and a big bonus is the grayling fishing. As one of the best grayling rivers in Europe it hosts the annual Hanak Grayling Festival.


STOP PRESS MAY 2023: We now have an exchange arrangement with Llandeilo Angling Association who have water on the Towy and Cothi. Details will be posted on the website soon, meantime contact Chris Porteous.

Whether you are looking to fly fish at night for the famous Welsh sewin or are content with concentrating on the wild brown trout in our rivers, or indeed you may be lucky in hooking a fresh run salmon – the choice is yours! All legal fishing methods are permitted (Fly, spin & worm) subject to the All-Wales Byelaws.

Stillwater Fishing:-

 

The Association has rods on Llyn Brenig / Alwen Reservoir - 2 rods every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday all year round. Brenig is an international fly-fishing venue, known for its hard fighting trout, reared on site. It's known as a great top of the water venue and in 2024 is being stocked with many large rainbow trout. Alwen is stocked with trout and has a head of coarse fish - it is multi-method.

Llyn Crud y Gwynt is our members' trout lake. It's a 2 acre spring-fed reservoir hidden away in a truly peaceful location. We stock it with rainbow, blue and brown trout. Barbless fly only.

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BEAT WALKS

 

GUIDED MEMBERS' BEAT WALKS

2024

NEXT BEAT WALK SUNDAY JUNE 2ND RIVER ELWY CITY BEAT AND GYPSY LANE
 

RING CHRIS ON

07970 216533

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How about a superb replica
of a prized catch?


We came across this stall at BFFI 2024 and were amazed at the realism of the salmon sculpture. The fine detail of the hand-painted scales, and the lovely shimmer on the flank of the fish looked just amazing. 

Mayfly Fish Recreations is run by Marc Williams, based on the North Wales coast. He specialises in creating high quality, handcrafted fish recreations
offering an alternative to traditional fish taxidermy methods, working from your fish photographs, descriptions and measurements.

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IT'S TIME FOR MEMBERS TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP
AND COMPLETE THEIR 2023 CATCH RETURN

Please note that due to demand we have extra rods for llyn brenig/alwen this year.

Membership Renewals can be made through the website, at Foxons (cash or cheque only there) or direct to Membership Secretary Colin on 07934 669794. Membership packs will also be available at the AGM on February 15th.

In response to requests from members we have created an online catch return form. 
Please submit your 2023 catch return for Rhyl & St Asaph AA waters by clicking on the link below.


Catch returns help us to monitor the use made of our beats and their productivity giving us the data to review our waters. Please complete the return even if you did not fish or did not catch.  Thank you for providing this information.

Water Quality Monitoring
We currently carry out monitoring at four sites as part of a UK-wide Angling Trust initiative. Readings of nitrate, phosphate, ammonia concentrations, and electrical conductivity, are sent monthly to a national database.

Parallel to this we are also part of the Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) taking kick samples of invertebrates at four river sites, results of which are uploaded to the Riverfly database.

Monitoring our rivers is so important - think of this as the "canary in the mine". 

If you would like to get involved in this very interesting project please contact any committee member.

1-day & 5-day VISITOR PERMITS

Visitor tickets are available at £15 for 1 day or £60 for 5 days.
They may be purchased at Foxons of St Asaph or online
HERE

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ASSOCIATION beat
maintenance PARTIES 2024

River Keepers John and Rich would love to see members on the riverbank in 2024.
Maintenance of our fishing is high on our agenda and a fun way to get to know the beats, meet other members and catch up on the fishing news.

Please click
HERE for details.

WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL ANGLERS
JOIN THE ANGLING TRUST
AS AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER FOR £30


As an Angling Trust member you receive big savings on products and services from trade partners AND discounted fishing venues.

The £10m civil liability insurance alone is worth the annual fee.

Our Association is a Member of the Trust but many more individual members are needed in Wales. Moving forward we need the Trust and Fish Legal to represent game anglers in Wales and help us look after our rivers and game fishing.

For more information click on the link to the Angling Trust website
where you will see some of their campaigns on our behalf:-

 

ANGLING TRUST
 

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Sea Trout Fishing

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Fly fishing for sea trout at night is, for many anglers, the ultimate form of wild fishing.

 

Sea trout are genetically the same as brown trout but they migrate to the estuary and coastal waters in search of food where they grow much larger than most of their river-dwelling brothers and sisters. Most returning fish are between 12oz to 2lb, but a good number around the 4lb - 8lb range are caught. A 6 or 7 lb sea trout would be regarded as a specimen and anything approaching 10lb a fish of a lifetime.

 

Our Association centred around St Asaph in Denbighshire North Wales has 20 beats on the rivers Clwyd, Elwy and Aled, each with wild brown trout and runs of sea trout and salmon.

 

Because sea trout are very shy, and the river you are fishing may be low and gin clear, it is important to wait until it is really dark before commencing fishing. Stealth is the watch word. No stray headlamp lights or stomping around the bank here. Moonless nights and warm nights with cloud cover are generally preferred and your eyes do become accustomed to the low light levels.

In the quiet of a river valley at midnight, your senses become heightened - every rustle in the undergrowth, the plop of a water vole entering the water, the call of an owl or fox - all these sounds at night seem to be amplified. This can take some getting used to but once you feel at home on a familiar river bank at night daytime fishing could seem tame!

You cast out to where you hope the fish will be, waiting to continue their upstream migration. Your team of two flies swings around in the current, nothing takes, so you retrieve, and re-cast, trying to reach as near to the other bank as possible without snagging. Four casts later and tawny owls are calling to each other and you're gazing up trying to find the North Star when something tries to snatch the rod from your grasp!

 

There is nothing quite like the sensation of your fly line suddenly tightening as a fresh run sea trout rips line from your reel, and, as often happens, performs a vertical leap out of the water, stopping your heart for a brief moment, adrenalin now pumping, before your fly is ejected leaving you a quivering wreck staring in disbelief as the surface of the pool settles down.

If this sounds exciting to you, you'll be pleased to know that membership of our Association is still open at a cost of £165 for the first 12 months (for adults of 21 and over). Age 16 up to 21 is just £30. Under 16's enjoy free membership. Adult renewal subscription is £150 for 2023 season.

If you've never cast a fly before our three qualified coaches can teach you. Best to learn to fly fish first at our stocked lake, and in daytime on the rivers before you venture out at night.

And some of our experienced night fishers will be only too pleased to accompany you on your first forays in the dark and welcome you to a whole new experience. If you take to it, I guarantee it's completely addictive and for you fishing will just never be the same again!

Chris Porteous

Chairman

Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association

February 28th 2023



MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PAGE

 

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RIVER DEE FISHING WITH
Llangollen-Maelor a.a.


We are very grateful for our reciprocal arrangement with Llangollen-Maelor AA. This allows two of our members per day to fish their waters on the River Dee near Llangollen. (and vice-versa).

Depending on close season dates, salmon, sea-trout, brown trout and grayling may be fished for until the end of August, with brown trout and grayling only after that date. 

Details of the beats and rules can be found on their website www.llangollen-maelor-angling.com/ 

PLEASE NOTE: Some beats are strictly reserved for LMAA members only.

 

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Including the fishing at Llyn Brenig and on the rivers Clwyd, Elwy, Aled and Dee, our members now have access to approx. 33 miles of bank fishing in North Wales.

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BYLAWS
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OUR 2017
YOU TUBE
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RIVER LEVELS
TIDE TIMES
BBC WEATHER
INTRODUCTION
TO ANGLING
DAYS
FLY TYING
SESSIONS

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please be aware that fishing is NOT PERMITTED in the area where the new power lines cross the river Elwy towards the lower end of our Pont y Ddol beat. Scottish Power are erecting warning signs to this effect - WE DO NOT OWN THE FISHING RIGHTS BETWEEN THE SIGNS. This is for your safety - the pylons are a wooden type and do not appear to be as high as the metal ones such as those at Bryn Polyn/Wern Ddu. 

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