This is a very popular stretch of water and is one of the oldest CADAC beats. The uppermost section consists of a series of light riffles whilst the remaining majority of this beat is a slow to medium paced glide. The fishing here can be frantic and the Long Reach is at times the scene of some spectacular rises. This beat is extremely popular with dry fly fishermen. The access and parking are very convenient and wading is very easy here.
1) This beat is Trout and Grayling fishing only – This beat is fly only throughout the year.
2) Night time fishing for Sea Trout until 3am is allowed on this beat. Sea Trout fishing at night is strictly ‘fly only’.
3) From 18th October until and including the 2nd March members may fish the Alwen Junction.
4) This beat is a recognised spawning area for Salmon and is subject to a ‘No Fishing’ policy during the spawning season. The area in question covers the whole of the river from the upper limit boundary to the A5 Bridge. This restriction is in place to protect the redds and is effective from 1st November to 31st January inclusive and does not apply to the area known as the Alwen Junction.
Note: Parking for this beat and to the Alwen Junction is by the A5 Bridge only. Access to the beat is via the public footpath from the A5 Bridge. Do not use any other parking or access other than these.
Travelling from the direction of Llangollen on the A5 – Access off the A5 from the direction of Llangollen – travel through Corwen and head out of the town. Proceed to the river bridge and look for the right turn immediately after the bridge. Take this turn and park on the right close to the hedge – keep clear of the gateway.
Travelling towards Llangollen on the A5 – Go straight on at the traffic lights where the A494 meets the A5. Proceed along the stretch leading up to the bridge and take the turning immediately before the bridge. Take this turn and park on the right close to the hedge – keep clear of the gateway.
Travelling on the A5104 from the Chester direction – follow the A5104 to the point where it becomes the A494 and proceed to the traffic lights where the A494 meets the A5. Turn left here onto the A5 and head towards Corwen – proceed along the stretch leading up to the bridge and take the turning immediately before the bridge. Take this turn and park on the right close to the hedge – keep clear of the gateway.
From the parking area cross the road and proceed over the stile and follow the public footpath in an upstream direction.
The lower limit of this beat is the river bridge. The upper limit is signified by the signs on the tree as shown below. If walking up to this upper limit please be aware that there are a pair of gates and a footbridge to negotiate. These gates are not the beat end – proceed upstream from here until you see the signs on the tree.
During the closed Salmon season the Long Reach upper limit is extended to include the famous Junction Beat. Please note however and in keeping with the rules of the Long Reach beat that fishing in this area is fly only. The Junction can be fished from the 18th October to the 2nd March inclusive.
Important: Please note that access to this Beat is from the Long Reach parking only. Members must not visit the Junction at any time outside the period of the 18th October to the 2nd March.