The Welsh Dee is not renowned for its Brown Trout fishing however in recent years the population has increased and anglers can enjoy some magnificent sport at certain times.
During the months of April and May Brown Trout can be seen in large numbers feeding on Grannom and Olives and daytime rises are phenomenal at times. Brown Trout are also active during the summer evenings of June July and August and specimens up to 2lbs are often caught on dry fly at this time.
Season: Dee and tributaries – all dates inclusive 3rd March to 30th September.
Methods: Fly only on all waters except for Alwen and Ceirw. On these two tributaries members are permitted to fish a small worm either trotted or ledgered (strictly no maggots), the maximum permitted hook is size 12, the main line and hook length must not exceed 6lbs breaking strain. Spinning for Brown Trout is also allowed on these two tributaries, maximum hook size 12, 6lbs maximum main line. Fly anglers may use weighted nymphs up to size 8 with a maximum tippet of 6lbs, otherwise a maximum of size 12 fly with a 6lb tippet. The use of ‘indicators’ is permitted. If a fly is used as an indicator it may not exceed size 8.
The size limit for Brown Trout is 23cm. Members are permitted to take one brace (2 fish) per visit or any combination outlined in the General Rules section.
Although generally speaking Brown Trout patterns are similar to those used for Grayling, some patterns are more successful than others.
The Brown Trout of the Welsh Dee find the ones below irresistible.