The river teifi is a spate river and flows from LLyn-Teifi in the Cambrian mountains down to it's Estuary at Cardigan town. The estuary below Cardigan is a long, wide and impressive stretch of water. It can be daunting to the visiting angler who is looking for some sport with the Bass and Mullet that venture into these waters. Our advise is to use a guide to point you in the right direction, even if its just for an hour or so. With the strong tides you will encounter when fishing either side of the estuary, it is best to err on the side of caution.
Fishing is best when water temperatures begin to rise. Bass move over the sand and rocks as the tide moves in, looking for sand eels, crabs and other small fish. Green and white Clouser Minnows account for a good number of fish through the season as do floating poppers. The latter helps you to fish more effectively between the dense patches of rising seaweed. Some good fish can be taken up to 8lb particularly as the Autumn months arrive.
Mullet can be seen as far up the river as Llechryd bridge upstream of Cilgerran. These fish tend to congregate wherever water runs into the main river, sifting through the silk weed that clings to the rocks, sucking up anything that might live in it. The Diawl Bach can be used with success, as can flies tied to look like bread, fished over spots that have been pre-baited several days before.
We have no idea why fishing for salmon and sea trout meets with little success in the actual estuary. However, as soon as fish past the Wild Life park in Cilgerran they can be taken in the deeper waters of the gorge, especially when river levels are low.
Teifi - From Sea To Source (part 1 of 3)
Upstream of Cilgerran and Llechryd Bridge the river changes character and truly begins to earn its reputation as a classic Salmon and Seatrout river. Moving upstream for a twenty miles or so the riffles, runs, falls and pools are a delight. Little wonder that the River Teifi is known as the Queen of Welsh rivers.
Travelling through Cenarth past Henllan on to Alltcavan bridge and then up to the town of Lampeter. These are the sections of the river that anglers travel far and wide to come to fish for, Trout in the day, Seatrout at night during the summer months, and Salmon when autumn arrives, keeping us busy throughout the season. Our own waters are situated here, between Henllan and Alltcavan Bridge (Only two rods, on over a mile of river, per day are allowed to fly fish our waters, and is strictly by invitation only)
Teifi - From Sea To Source (Part 2 of 3)
The upper Teifi provides some excellent brown trout fishing including the odd Seatrout and Salmon which manages to travel this far upstream.
The Teifi pools are not to be missed and the head of wild brownies that are in these waters are a good challenge to any trout angler. Be sure to choose a still day down at sea level if you don’t it be blowing a “hoolie” when you get up here.
Teifi - From Sea To Source (part 3 of 3)
As in any spate river, the water height is of paramount importance when fishing for both Seatrout or Salmon.
Seatrout…. under 0.8m
Salmon.… over 1.5m and dropping
We can arrange all permits for you if you wish to fish anywhere through the Teifi Valley.
covering the upper reaches including Teifi pools.
lower, middle and upper reaches stretching above Lampeter
5-6 miles of waters below Lampeter.
anglers wishing to purchase Teifi Trout permits will need to apply on line.