Bangor-On-Dee - The Village and Ormrod's Beats

The Club's first and original water, fished since about 1945, is Bangor-on-Dee Village Beat.

The water is approximately 2 miles long, beginning at the new road bridge above the village and is predominantly double bank save for a 300-yard stretch of left bank at Pylons which belongs to another club.

Despite holding the rights for both banks, most fishing below the ‘Old Bridge’ is done from the right bank, probably as it is easier to access from available car parking.

The top of the Village Beat is at the ‘New Bridge’ which crosses the Church Pool

The Church Pool

The Church Pool runs for approximately 250 yards from the ‘New Bridge’ down to the ‘Old Bridge’. The body of the pool is fairly wide, slow and deep, with the deepest water and the main flow on the right bank. Significant bank work was undertaken here during the spring of 2003 by the Environment Agency. This flood prevention work resulted in much bank side cover being destroyed.However, this work narrowed the river, improving the flow and pushing it to mid stream.Also, in recompense for the loss of cover, two groynes were built for us by the Agency. In addition, many large boulders (up to 3 feet across) used in the causeway off which the work was done, were dropped into mid stream. The groynes and the boulders will provide good lies for the salmon, holding them in this pool.

Being above relatively fast water, salmon often rest in the Church Pool.

Since the bank work in 2003, this water is best fished from the right bank.This pool fishes especially well during high water.

The Church Pool is also home to several large pike which are occasionally taken by spinning salmon anglers.

At the tail of the pool, the water shallows and increases in speed. This is good trout and grayling water, with fish from bank to bank. Fish are often taken in the shallower water amongst the ranunculus beds.

Bridge Pool

Immediately below the ‘Old Bridge’ is the Bridge Pool. This is a small holding area which has been much reduced by a succession of floods but is still worth a try. Note that as the bridge is a public highway, fishing is not permitted from the bridge.  In low water, trout and grayling can be taken from this water, often when actually standing under the bridge. Large numbers of chub gather here, particularly at spawning time.  When the chub and grayling are in residence together, the gravel bed appears to move as the fish play in the currents.

Salmon also rest here after pushing through the fast water below and before the final push into the church pool.

Below the Bridge Pool, the water flows swiftly over gravel. Again, this is good trout and grayling water, especially at the bottom of the run as it enters Duke’s Pool. This is also good sea trout water.

During the spring of 2002, two groynes were built on this water to provide holding water for salmon. Built at the tail of the fast water, these will surely hold fish at all river heights.

Dukes Pool

The Duke’s Pool is a popular pool, easily fished from the bank. The pool is tree lined, providing cover, with several large boulders in mid-stream, which prove to be good holding spots for salmon. The water is shallow on the right bank, sloping to 4-5 feet under the left bank.

The deeper water is overhung by bushes and trees, making covering some parts of the water difficult, but providing good cover for salmon, trout and grayling. The cover gives the fish confidence and the trout and grayling tend to be free rising here.


A long stretch of deeper, slower, moody water follows for approximately 200 yards, all of which is easily covered from the open banks. This stretch should not be waded by those that don't know the water as it contains several deep holes which drop off suddenly, whilst the clay bottom does not provide sure footing.

This stretch is full of lies created by the boulder strewn bed and should all be thoroughly covered as fish (trout, grayling and salmon) lie along its length.

The Monk's Drain

Named after the underground workings of the Monks in the time of the monastery, the Monks' Drain lies at the tail of Pylons and holds salmon, trout, grayling and the odd pike.

At the bottom of this stretch, the water shallows once more and flows quickly over a mixed clay and gravel bottom. In the past, this water has been very productive for trout and grayling. Many fish are lost here as they prove difficult to follow as they head down stream using the currents to full advantage. This water is again boulder strewn with many lies.

The fast water again slows and deepens as it rounds a bend and enters Joby’s Pool. This bend often holds salmon, especially in lower water.

Joby's Pool

The body and tail of Joby’s Pool runs relatively shallow and swiftly over gravel and is easily waded. This is good fly water for migratory fish and often holds some of the larger grayling and free rising trout.

This is another pool that lends itself to night fishing with its gently shelving gravel bed.   Being tree lined, darkness comes early to this pool.

Twll Run

Twll Run comes next, which is a short run that cuts under the left bank and is easily fished using all methods. This run often flatters to deceive. However, on its day it can be productive to many species.

Pump House

Pump House is a stretch of turbulent water that holds resident fish for most of the season. While it always holds fish they are not easy to tempt.

The deep water can be easily fished with a spinner or bait but is tricky with the fly.

Mud Flats

Below Tolch run comes Mud Flats, with varying depth and currents. This runs for approximately 250 yards and has several good holding spots for salmon, with many good fish having been taken here in the last few years.

Again, the rock strewn bottom and ranunculous beds form a haven for trout and grayling.  A groyne (left of picture) was built in the spring of 2001. This is working well, and has created a good lie.

At low water, this can be good water for all species with the fly, becoming more productive for salmon in higher water. The many snags and boulders makes this water difficult to spin in low water.

Pump House 2

At the tail of the mud flats is Pump House 2. The water here first deepens before becoming shallow and narrowing into a fast run that broadens into Cadbury's. Salmon often lie in the deeper water after running the fast water below and before pushing on into the flats. Good hatches of fly can be experienced in the shallower water, held over the water by the overhanging trees. The trout and grayling often take advantage of this.


Faster, shallow water with some trout, plenty of grayling and the odd salmon follows. This flows into a deep back eddy on a bend at Cadbury's. The tail of this water is excellent water for salmon and sea trout, the fish holding on the left bank on the bend as the water enters Plumley's.



This is a long stretch of water split in two by a shallow run. It runs for some 400 yards to the bottom of Ormrod's Beat at the Graig Cottages. Salmon are found along the length of this water.  On the top half, fish hold in the streamy water on the left bank, tending to avoid the turbulent water on the right bank, with fish being more spread out after the first 50 yards. Here it is known as the Deep Pool.

As the groynes are neared, there is more rock strewn bed holding trout and grayling.

The two groynes, pictured left, were built above the shallows that divide this stretch in spring 2001. Again, the flow of water was improved and holding water created where previously there was none.  This broken water proves productive for grayling and trout at low water, with salmon in the higher water. Also in higher water, the trout and grayling tend to move into the right bank. They then hold above, between and below the groynes.

Below the shallows, the water continues, deeper and slower, for another 200 yards. Fewer trout and grayling are taken here. Salmon can be taken along the length of the bottom stretch, but particularly under trees on the left bank

In the water below the groynes, many chub can be taken and are often seen around the fallen tree at the fence line.

Pike also lurk along this lower stretch, on occasion falling to the salmon fisherman's spinner.

Graig Pool

At the bend at the bottom of Plumbley's is the Graig Pool. This pool is deep and wide and can be particularly productive in high water with the salmon pausing after running the fast water below.

The image left looks across the tail of the Graig Pool to the island.

Graig Island

The water at the Graig Cottages signifies the bottom of Ormrod's Beat. This is another good area for salmon. Fish hold below the island prior to running the fast water, especially in low water. Above the island, fish rest after running the fast water.   Down either side of the island, trout and grayling lie in the broken water.

The above picture shows the Graig Pool and island looking down stream from the bottom of Plumley's.

Also included is a picture of the results of the flood prevention work carried out in the spring of 2003 by the Environment Agency.


Parking for the Village Beat is in the village itself, either on the road, or within the Royal Oak or Buck Hotel car parks. The pubs are marked on the map.

Both pubs are recommended for their good food and drink.

We now also have a parking area off Graig lane, on the right near the bottom, which will be marked with a BODSAA notice in the very near future and will have a combination padlock using the same code as the one at Roden's Hall. Please park tidily and do not obstruct access to the field gate on the right hand side as you go in, which is used by the farmer.

For those fishing from the left bank, we have now negotiated parking under the old railway arch, accessed via Pickhill Old Hall, which vastly improves access to the water from Cadbury's down to the Buttresses.

A footpath runs the length of the right bank of this beat, with gates and / or styles at fences and hedges. This is probably the most accessible stretch of water we have.

Being on a loop in the river it is possible to leave your car in the village, fish the whole of beat 1, with only a short walk up the Graig Lane and through the village to return to your car, without the need to retrace your steps. Alternatively you can follow the embankment around from the Graig Pool through the sheep meadow to arrive back at the old bridge.

You can download a map of beat 1 by clicking here.  Do not forget to visit the main Members Community for latest news, advice and catch reports.