Corwen and District Angling Club
Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales
Day tickets are available for the Crogen 1, Crogen 2 and Crogen 3 beats and are priced at £20 per day. You can buy these from GM Hughes the Newsagents in Corwen and from Corwen Manor Angling in Corwen.
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Corwen and District Angling Club, or CADAC, is arguably one of the UK's best-run fly fishing clubs. Based in Corwen, Denbighshire, North Wales, CADAC gives access to over 16 miles of river fishing on the Welsh Dee and other tributaries. The River Dee is widely regarded as one of Europe's top grayling rivers and the club hosts the Hanak European Grayling Festival on its waters every year.
Besides the grayling, the River Dee is also famous for its brown trout, sea trout and salmon and many good sized fish are caught every year. The club is very active and holds regular working parties, casting tuition, an annual open day and excellent junior fly fishing events throughout the year. We've been members for several years and have met some great people through the club and have received some expert tuition. We can highly recommend joining.
What methods can I use?
CADAC is predominantly a club for those who fly fish. However, there are also some beats where you can fish for salmon and trout with spinning or bait tactics at certain times of the year. You can also trot for grayling using worms in the winter months.
How safe is the wading?
The River Dee has a reputation for being a tricky river to wade. However, the Corwen stretches are said to be safer than the ones closer to Llangollen.
There is a good mixture of beats and wading is safe in many areas. The bottom is predominantly smooth pebbles and large boulders, so wear boots with studs for extra grip.
What waters are available?
CADAC membership gives you access to large parts of the Welsh Dee, the River Alwen, the River Cierw and a small overgrown reservoir containing brown trout.
Anglers travel from across the world to fish the Dee, which has a reputation as one of the finest grayling rivers in Europe. It holds many fish, including very large specimens.
The Berwyn Arms beat, home to the famous Taylor's Pool, has riverside parking and is popular for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling fishing.
It's mainly fished on the fly, but you can use bait and spinning tactics for salmon and sea trout at certain times of the year.
Chain Pool has parking right on the main road and is popular with grayling, brown trout and salmon and sea trout anglers.
The beat consists of a long run and a deep pool. You often don't need to wade here as the water is deep close in. The Bonwm Halt beat is immediately downstream.
This left-hand bank beat contains salmon pools that can fish well in low water. It's also rich in grayling and brown trout.
It's tucked out of the way and involves a one mile drive down a track, so is best tackled in a 4x4 outside the summer months.
Crogen 1 is one of the three popular Crogen beats. It's the uppermost CADAC beat and is good for large grayling, as well as salmon.
It's open to day ticket anglers and is easy to access, being located not far from Llandrillo. Fishing is from the left bank only.
The most popular of the three Crogen beats, Crogen 3 has easy wading and is double bank fishing. Grayling fishing here can be very good.
It's immediately upstream of Crogen 3 and parking is easy, even without a 4x4.
This beat is open to day ticket anglers as well as CADAC members and is a good spot for winter grayling as well as salmon.
Parking is in a lay-by on a small lane, so you can access it easily without a 4x4.