RIVER TEIFI

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Wales -

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.

Salmon

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.

Sea-trout

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.

Brown trout

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.

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