Rhydygalfe Fishery (Beat 13)

Rhydygalfe - a superb salmon and sea trout fishery
The deep pool below Rhydygalfe Gorge

Panoramic view

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Beat 13 is one of Llandysul Angling Association's most productive salmon and sea trout fisheries; however, great care is necessary, especially on the right bank where access is via a rocky gorge.

River Teifi at Rhydygalfe Gorge
The deep, dark gorge holds large sea trout

Even in low flows the river is in excess of 20 feet deep in some of the narrow pools. Elsewhere steep ledges make wading hazardous.

A sewin safely in the net
David Williams fishing at Rhydygalfe

Below the rapids, the gorge itself is rocky and stable, but the pool at the end of the gorge alters in most big spates as gravel is carried downstream.

On the right bank, the route down to the pools at the bottom of the gorge is not recommended for anyone who finds rough ground a problem.

Statistics

Formerly part of the Cilgwyn Estate, beat number 13 comprises approximately a mile of fishing on the right bank of the Teifi just below Llandysul Bridge plus a further mile on the left bank. We rented the fishery for many years before buying it in September 1994.

Access and Parking

Access road to right-hand bank of Rhydygalfe fishery
Right bank access

Parking on right-hand bank at Rhydygalfe is limited
Right bank parking

On the left bank, there is parking in a lay-by signed from the Pont Tyweli access road from the new Llandysul Bypass.

The path upstream of Rhydygalfe Farm is through steep woodland and not recommended for anyone who is at all unsure on their feet.

The right bank access is from the Ceredigionshire end of Llandysul Bridge, via a cart track running alongside the river. Members are asked to avoid parking on the track. 

Access gate on right-hand bank

The numerical code for the digital lock on the access gate is the same as the numerical part of the code for the suspension bridge at Abercerdin. The code is printed on every Llandysul A A permit.

Access gate at Rhydygalfe

Safety warning

We have improved the path through the rocky section of the gorge, but great care is still needed there, especially at night.

Beat limits

On the left bank, the upper limit of our fishing is the confluence of the River Tweli. The fishing extends  about 100 yards into the fast-water run downstream of the pool tail. A fence bearing an orange end-of-beat marker denotes the boundary.

The upper limit on the right bank is marked by an orange sign on an oak tree some 50 yards below Llandysul Bridge.

On the right bank, a fence ten yards upstream of the pool tail denotes the end of our fishing. (In practice the bank is so wooded that it is difficult to use the last 20 yards of the fishery from this bank.)

Rules

The whole of this beat is designated 'Odd/Even Permits'. Members/visitors with odd numbered tickets may fish there only on odd numbered days of the month, beginning at noon and finishing before noon on the following day; even permits allow fishing from noon on even days of the month.

Beat Map

Rhydygalfe fishery map

This aerial photograph of the lower end of Rhydygalfe Fishery was taken prior to construction of the Llandysul Bypass and its bridge over the Teifi on this beat.

Rhydygalfe fishery, aerial view