The association has fishing rights on 16 miles of both banks of the river Rheidol from the sea to Devils Bridge (excepting a small section detailed on the map of the Rheidol). The river enjoys an international reputation as one of Wales' premier salmon and sea trout fisheries with double figure specimens of both species being caught on a regular basis.
In Wales, Sea Trout are usually called Sewin. The river is relatively small, mostly being less than 30 meters wide. There are around forty named and identified pools from the aptly named "Quarrry pool" to the delightfully named "Troedrhiwlas" meaning the foot of the blue hill.
The flow of the river is largely governed by a hydroelectric scheme that can cause the river level to rise very quickly and unexpectedly. Whilst this can be problematic if night fishing, it does also mean that the river can go into spate even on a dry summers day.
Wading rivers always carries a risk, but extra special care is needed in the Rheidol, as generating water can cause the river level to rise quite considerably in just a few minutes. Fly, spin, earth worm and prawn fishing are allowed within the specified dates and regulations. Click here for open season dates.
The river that gives its name to Aberystwyth, Aber in Welsh means 'mouth of' hence Aberystwyth, 'mouth of the Ystwyth'. The Association has fishing rights on the lower reaches of the river below Gosen Bridge to the sea on the western bank only. The Ystwyth is a true spate river where levels can fluctuate dramatically. Like the Rheidol it has a Summer / Autumn run of salmon but it is the Sewin which are the main quarry for both rivers.
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Catch and Release
The association promotes a catch and release policy for all fish and is mandatory for salmon.