THE TEIFI is known as the Queen of Welsh rivers. It is famous for its salmon and sea-trout, but the brown trout fishing can be excellent, too. There are even some grayling in the river, largely concentrated around the town of Llanbydder.
Although the spring run is modest, fish of more than 20lb are caught occasionally. The best of the salmon fishing usually comes from summer and into autumn, when the main runs of fish, including grilse, enter the river. The timing of the run is heavily dependent on rainfall, with the potential for good sport in August during a wet year, or a delay until well into September if it is a dry summer. The best chance of fish is generally on the lower beats where day tickets are available from two associations.
If you would like to catch a really big sea-trout, something in the 15lb-plus range, then the Teifi in spring is the place to be. April and May nights can be long and cold, but the reward may be found in the fish of a lifetime. The main run of sea-trout begins to enter the river in June and continues through August, and there is the chance of a double-figure sewin among the shoals of 1lb to 4lb fish that tend to be the average for this time of year. Daytime fishing can be very productive following a spate, but most of the sea-trout are caught at night using popular Welsh flies like the Teifi Terror, Dark Mackerel and Daioni. Rods in the 7wt or 8wt class are usually preferred, a 10ft 8wt is especially useful if using big surface lures.
The Teifi has excellent stocks of wild brown trout and is known for its abundant aquatic fly life and strong hatches of olives, March browns and caddis at different times of the season. The best of the trout fishing is generally found in the upper reaches. Spring and autumn are good times to be on the water, while in high summer when the flows are low the best sport is likely to be had in the early mornings and evenings.
The Teifi is an excellent mixed-species river.