We have excellent single bank fishing for two rods along the River Teifi and the River Cych (see above) including the junction pool at the confluence of these two rivers. The three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion meet on our water, it’s possible to fish from our river bank, cast a fly in Carmarthenshire, hook a sewin in Ceredigion and land it in Pembrokeshire!
The River Teifi has consistently been ranked as the most productive sea trout rivers in Europe - it is a world class fishery. The pools on which we have the fishing rights are among the best on the Teifi and they fish well from the beginning of the season in April right through to the end in October. From July to October the river is at its best and fishes extremely well for sewin irrespective of water levels although the salmon are more likely to be caught after rain.
Very large sewin and good sized salmon of ten pounds plus run the Teifi in April and May, these can be caught in the deeper water. Recently the Spring run of salmon has been very good, the 2006 season has started well with a large number of good fish having been taken on worm and spinner. As May draws to an end the large shoals of smaller sewin come up river on the tides and the fishing pace picks up steadily to its best months of July and August. Grilse arrive in July - salmon that have spent just one winter in the sea - and a flood in summer will bring shoals of these silver bullets in from the sea averaging around five pounds in weight . The river remains full of fish throughout September and October, the two months when the salmon fishing really kicks off. The chance of fish into the twenty pound mark is quite possible with fish into double figures caught regularly.
Fishing at night time is the best tactic for fly fishing for sewin when the water is clear and a single handed rod and a floating line will be the ideal tackle once the warmer weather arrives. Spinning in the day time is always a good bet though and will usually beat fly fishing when the river carries any coloured water following a spate. If the river is in full flood try fishing a worm in the margins where the water is slower.
Click the photo above to see where you could be fishing.........
When the river is very low or the sewin are proving difficult then a trip to the tidal areas can pay dividends.
Here's a picture taken by Steffan Jones of six and a half pound bass which I caught late one night on a black and silver tube fly in July 2006 somewhere on the tidal reaches of the Teifi. My nonchalant smile shows how used I am to this kind of fish.....
I design and administer the website for the Teifi Trout Association where there's information on permits, flies, beat maps etc. etc. so rather than duplicate it all here please check out www.teifitrout.com for more information.
I'm interested in the insect life of the river and coordinate the Teifi Rivers Invertebrate Monitors - check it out at www.riverfly.co.uk
The confluence of the Afon Teifi and Afon Cych, low water July '06.