Upland lakes (llyns) and reservoirs

Lyn fishes a flat calm (Tal-y-llyn, North Wales). Photo: Ceri Thomas

A better than average trout, close to a pound in weight (Llyn Berwyn, mid-Wales)

Recommended equipment:

  • 9-10ft, 6-7wt fly rod, large arbour fly reel, weight-forward fly line with various density polyleaders

  • Traditional wet flies including: Coch-y-bonddu (wet & dry), Black and Peacock Spider, Zulu, Kate McClaren, etc
  • A net, chest waders and a lightweight, waterproof wading jacket.

Techniques covered:

  • Reading the water and finding fish
  • The ‘walk and cast’ approach, using traditional wet and dry fly patterns
  • Adapting to the ever-changing weather conditions.

Fancy exploring an upland lake in mid-Wales? Perfect for those seeking solitude amongst the dramatic Cambrian Mountain landscapes.

We will park off the beaten track and set off on an adventure in pursuit of free rising, hard fighting wild brown trout. Using a ‘walk and cast’ approach, we will search the rugged shorelines often fishing blind and catching fish just yards from the bank.

These truly wild, territorial fish are lightning fast and will test the skills of the most experienced angler. The weather in such remote places is changeable, so you need to be prepared for the wind and rain. Breathable chest waders, a waterproof jacket and a pack for your tackle and refreshments is advised.

Nestled amongst the Cambrian Mountains, near to the source of the River Teifi are the waters Llyn Teifi, Llyn Hir, Llyn Gorlan and Llyn Egnant – which are collectively known as the Teifi Pools. These all hold healthy populations of trout, including some trophy fish.

Being 900 acres, Claerwen Reservoir is one of the largest waters and is famed for its coch-y-bonddu beetle hatches during late May/June, but these upland lake trout also feed on terrestrials, sedges and small fish/leaches. Any competent angler willing to search the shorelines would expect to catch up to a dozen fish averaging 8–12 inches in a day, and probably loose just as many!

You will need a reasonable level of fitness to tackle these waters. We will walk a few miles, often navigating around the whole lake in search of fresh water to cast a fly. I have fished these lakes for many years, so let me take you to the fish – I guarantee you will enjoy the adventure and sleep well as a result!

Waters: Claerwen Reservoir, Llyn Egnant, Llyn Gynon or Llyn Berwyn.

Upland lake (llyn) guided day. All tackle can be supplied, including chest waders. Note: fishing day permits and Environment Agency rod Licences are not included.
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