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Bala and District Angling Association


Cymdeithas Genweirio Y Bala a’r Cylch

A lovely 2lb 4oz grayling from the Llandderfel beat - taken  by  Duncan Pritchard on trotted worm.. Shortly after taking this photo he landed another  which was 2ozs heavier. A fine brace of fish by anyone’s standards.

THE DEE  at BALA... this stretch can be fished fly only for trout and grayling during the salmon season, mid March to mid October. Between mid October and mid March  worm fishing is allowed. No maggots are allowed on any club  river (except the outflow), Environment  Agency byelaw.  During the summer the grayling offer superb sport on dry fly and during certain hatches the river seems to be boiling with fish. A wonderful sight for any angler. Brown trout are also present in lesser numbers. Salmon fishing is not allowed by request of the landowner.

Flies that can do well are red tag, red spinner, ginger quill, gold ribbed hare's ear fished dry and a small Adams whilst heavy nymphs in various colours take good fish when nothing seems to be rising to a fly.

Access to the river at Bala is via the track to the sewerage near the Tryweryn bridge or from the first lay by on your right as you leave Bala. This will be found approximately 1 mile from Bala, passing Llanfor, in the Corwen direction.

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The Dee at Llandderfel.... is owned by the club and fishing is by any method but no maggots. Useful flies are as those used at the Bala end. This is a superb beat with lovely pools. Salmon anglers do well here at the back end of the season. When spinning can prove to be productive. There is room for a few cars in the parking area by the bridge. at Llandderfel.

The Bryntirion Inn sells club tickets and welcomes cold, hungry and thirsty anglers, waders and all, throughout the day. They serve hot drinks and food all day.

If you  would like 4 star luxury then nearby Palé Hall is for you. They are open to non residents and serve morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

River Levels.

The Environment Agency publishes the levels for the Dee at Bala here. This measurement is taken at the gauging station below the sluice gates at Bala. As a guide a level of  0.2M - 0.4M is nice trout and grayling fly water with 0.3m being an average low-ish summer level. For salmon at Llandderfel you may like water at about 0.5-0.8M. Mouse over the pictures below for a guide to levels at Bala.

Level at 0.32M


Level at 0.64M

Level at 0.9M

Level approaching 4.0M.


The levels here are intended as a guide only to help you decide before travelling any distance to fish. Levels can change  quickly depending on local conditions.

A superb grayling of 3lbs from the Bala beat. Taken on a heavy nymph during (obviously) cold weather. Possibly a fish of a lifetime - certainly a fish of our dreams!

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LL23 7RA is a postcode for your Sat Nav.