Fishing River Irfon (Melyn-Cildu Beat)

“Melyn-Cildu” Beat – 18 March 2022

The River Irfon, especially the upper Irfon is renowned for its quality Grayling fishing, along with its wrap around stunning scenery.

This beat Melyn-Cildu is well off the beaten track and lies between the Cammarch Hotel higher beat and the Colonel Beat, access is off the single track road between Llangammarch Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells, with the Sennybridge Training Artillery range on one side of the valley and the beginning of the Irfon Forest hills on the other side. The peace is only broken by the Artillery shells going off which you get used to very quickly. I was joined by Tony Mitchell. I think he is now getting used to off route locations and appears to be enjoying them. The beat is only a short walk from the car park, across the railway line and through the field to the river, easy access. The water level was normal and was gin clear with a steady current. In certain places, like most of the Irfon, the bedrock slabs were very slippery, in fact suicidal without a wading stick but the rest was a mixture of sand, gravel and stones. The beat is a mixture of single and double bank fishing in all about a mile of flats, gutters, fast runs and deep pools and has a fishing limit of only 3 rods a day.

Tony went left and I went right clad with a beat map and arranged to meet back for lunch 3 hours on. Well I waded, I bank fished, hid in the bushes, sat on the bank and watched the water, no sign of any movement on the water or in it at all, and even with the sun out nothing coming off the water, I fished my 7ft rod 4lb line, tried nymphs, gold head, sedges, dry fly’spoint and one dropper was my set up on 7ft of Tibet. Back at lunch Tony had the same story although he was missing some flies, as his side of the beat was far more over grown with trees and vegetation.

After lunch we swopped sides and tried again this time 2 hours then back to the car. For me I only lasted 1 hour completely knackered and we each had to drive home. For the last hour I sat on the grass and watched the Red Kite display which was absolutely fantastic.

Tony walked back crossed the line, just after which the train went by. He was exhausted as well and said the beats are like chalk and cheese, one is open space and the other well overgrown and wild. He had sat and watched the water and agreed no movement, maybe the otters had them!

We concluded great day, great location, easy access pity about the fish.

I may have to go and fish the Elan Valley reservoirs to get rid of the blank day syndrome before I come back here.

Last month they were catching 3lb Graylings, on this same beat.

This beat is controlled through the Wye and Usk Passport on 01874 712074

Andrew Ayres WFD, C&GFD and Grayling Society

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