The Welsh Dee rises in the hills above Bala reservoir, which at 1100 acres is the biggest natural lake in Wales, and flows 60 miles to the sea. Compensation flows from Bala and three other reservoirs, Alwen, Brenig and Celyn help keep the river in good trim throughout the season. Stocks of salmon have suffered, as with many rivers in Wales, how ever things are on the up and up with the buy out of nets on the Dee and in Ireland. Over 20,000 sea trout enter the Dee each year making it a quality sea trout fishery.
Bangor on Dee Salmon Angling Association
Have 4.5 miles of fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grayling and course fish on the Welsh Dee 5 miles south east of Wrexham. There are some spring fish, angling in early season is fly only using large flies and sunk lines, best flies are Willie Gunn, Tosh and Waddingtons. Grilse enter the river in June and July with the main runs coming in the summer through to the end of the season. The best summer flies are the Ally Shrimp, General Practitioner, Thunder and Lightening and Hairy Mary size 10 to 14. Spinning is allowed later in the season with Flying Cs and Tobys being favoured cast across and slightly upstream so that they swing round with the flow of the river.
Season and visitor tickets are available and fishing is restricted to beat 1 which is about 2 miles long (New Bridge to Graig Cottages) with some good fly water. Tickets from the 'Middle Shop', The Royal Oak and Buck House Hotel. Contact Mrs Gill Williams on 01978 781131 for further information. Google Map Reference 53.004981, -2.909860
Maelor Angling Association
Located on the middle Dee near Trevor, have 6.5 miles of fishing on this favoured stretch of the river. Fishing is for salmon, sea trout of which there are excellent runs from June with the best of the fishing done at night, brown trout to over 3lbs and grayling to over 3lbs. There are good numbers of course fish including pike, perch, roach, chub and dace.
Membership is available for trout fishing and for trout and salmon. Trout membership is £40pa for locals within a 10 mile radius and £55 for non locals, days are £10 for trout and £25 for salmon. Salmon season tickets are £165 plus a one off joining fee of £55. Log on to www.maelor.org for further information Google Map Reference 52.963192, -3.069444