The Dee

The River Dee rises in the mountains of Snowdonia national park to the west of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) into which the infant river discharges. Leaving Llyn Tegid, the Dee flows through a broad valley to Corwen. It then travels eastwards through the picturesque vale of Llangollen, through the Welsh foothills to Bangor-on-Dee before meandering Northwards across the Cheshire plain to its tidal limit at Chester.

The Dee changes character several times during its journey. These changes bring a variety of fishing from the bubbling headwaters, through falls and rapids, to runs and glides and more sedate flows. Along the way it flows over bed rock, boulder, gravel and clay. Depending on the species, the season and the height of water each has its day.

Around Bangor-on-Dee, a wide range of conditions can be experienced, including runs and glides over gravel and boulders to slower, longer pools over gravel and clay.

These waters hold a variety of species including salmon, sea-trout, trout, grayling, pike, chub, barbel, eels, perch, roach, dace and even flat fish.

At the right time of year, but of little interest to the angler, large numbers of lamprey and smelt (a type of herring) can often be seen.

This variety of species provides a year long fishing experience with changing waters providing a range of challenges, even for the same species.

Further investigation of this site will go some way to understanding the changing waters and variety of species, helping to make fishing around Bangor-on-Dee as productive as possible, be it with fly, bait or spinner.