Chirk Trout Fishery is a pleasant small water fishery on the edge of Chirk, Clywdd, which in turn is about 3 miles from Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. The site is primarily a trout hatchery/farm but they have a couple of stock ponds and a small section of river for trout anglers to enjoy. The waters are very clear and about 11 feet at the deepest points in the middle. Fish are stocked regularly and in a size from about 1lb upwards.
The Two ponds are fairly featurless and look to be quite shallow, however its a wonderful spot for a bit of sight fishing and the fish on my visit were not in the slightest spooky though they were quite hard to tempt until using some very imitative patterns.
Access is easy and there is adequate parking, the fishery has a small lodge which on ly visit was tended my an elderly gent who was very welcoming and friendly.
The fishery has Brown and Rainbow Trout primarily, but unusually also has some Brook Trout. While they were not big, none of the fish I seen were massive, they made for an interesting catch and if you scale your tackle appropriately it made for some great sport.
I had great fun on a 4 weight rod, though was broken off on some light tippets, but it was because the fish were pretty fussy on presentation and the lighter tippet definitely gave you a better chance of getting a take.
From Oswestry, Welshpool, or Shrewsbury,take A5 for Llangollen until signposted Chirk.At the roundabout take B5070 for Chirk.Turn left onto B4500. We are exactly one mile on left hand side of the road.
From Wrexham or Chester, take the A483 towards Oswestry,turn right for Llangollen (A5)
At the roundabout , take B5070 for Chirk, turn right onto B4500. The fishery exactly a mile on the left hand side of the road
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Access road: No problems though take cae when exiting onto what can be a busy fast road with quite blind bends.
Contact: 01691 772420
Species: Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout .
Other Species: Unknown
The fishery is actually two ponds and Catch and Release is allowed on both. You must use debarbed hooks on C&R.
Facilities: Tea and coffee in the “lodge”, a small selection of flies and light tackle is available- monofiliament etc. I beleive a small selection of rods is available for loan/hire. Well maintained grounds and lots of tables for picnicking.
Value for money: Very good, nice surroundings, not a bad price for a ticket with flexible option sof take limits or sporting tickets.
Catch and Release Policy: Very Good. Sporting tickets available.
Overall: I have little to criticise having had some great sport with some great fairly small but very hard fighting fish. Its all a question of scaling your approach and if you do I am sure you will have a great time.