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This panoramic view, created from pictures taken in the early evening, shows the view looking upstream towards Gravel Pool and downstream towards Lady's Pool. There are many productive salmon and sea-trout pools on this beat, including oak, Little Oak, Gravel, Lady's, Escot and Wood Pools.
The Cwmmackwith Fishery, famous for its large sea trout and autumn salmon, is one of the most scenic stretches of the Teifi. In autumn when the leaves change colour on the mature trees that line banks of Ladies Pool and Wood Pool, this beat offers some of the finest lowland riverscapes in Wales.
Although not generally thought of as a trout fishery, there are good trout spots on this beat. Clettwr Run can give great sport when summer sedges are hatching in the early evening; the ranunculus beds at the top of Ladies Pool are also worth trying with a dry fly.
The pool and riffle nature of this beat makes it an ideal autumn salmon fishery. In most places there is no need to wade because the left bank is relatively clear of trees and bushes.
Sea Trout fishing at dusk on Gravel Pool, Cwmmackwith
It primarily as a summer sewin fishery that Cwmmackwith is most famous, and flyfishing at night is the favoured method. The tree-lined far bank of the river from Clettwr Pool down to Gravel Pool is particularly productive in low-water conditions.
In 1966 we purchased this beat, comprising a mile and a half of fishing on the left bank of the Teifi between Llandysul and Llanfihangel-ar-arth.
The turning off the B4436
Our private car park
The access to the Cwmmackwith fishery is via a lane running northerly from the B4436 past Mackwith Castle and Wernmackwith Farm. Beyond the farmyard at Wernmackwith, you will pass two small quarries near the bottom of the hill. Please do not park in the quarries: they belong to the farmer, who uses them for turning farm vehicles. Our private car park is a further 100 yards down the lane.
Once at our car park, to reach the fishery walk back 100 yards up the hill. A stile leads to a short path through the woods. Turn right (upstream) and cross a footbridge to get to Ladies Pool, Oak Pool and Clettwr Run; alternatively, turning left (downstream) will bring you down to Escot, Sunday and Plantation Pools.
The run in to a Wood Pool, below Plantation, is the lower limit of the Cwmmackwith fishery and marks the start of our Porth Waters fishing. (NB: there is another 'Wood Pool' immediately downstream of Ladies Pool in the middle of the Cwmmackwith beat. Confusing!)
The upper limit is the top of Clettwr Run, where the Cwmmackwith beat adjoins our Church Farm fishery.
The upper and lower limits are marked by orange Llandysul AA end-of-beat signs.
The 'odd-and-even' rule applies throughout the Cwmmackwith fishery. This means that members having odd numbered tickets are entitled to fish on this beat from 12 noon on odd dates until mid-day the following day. Similarly, members with even numbered tickets may fish the beat from 12 noon on even dates until mid-day the following day. This rule was introduced to limit the pressure on what is a very popular fishery.