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The Fishing Passport: River Edw (Aberedw) - Fishing in Wales
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The Fishing Passport: River Edw (Aberedw)

Steeped in history, it is easy to lose yourself in the magical Edw valley. Folklore has it that Prince Llewelyn, the last Welsh Prince of Wales, hid in the caves at Aberedw in 1282 before escaping the forces of Edward I by turning the shoes on his horse the wrong way round, eventually being slain near the river Irfon. Whatever the legend, the valley’s history is evident through the numerous castles and earthwork fortifications, many of which are still visible today.

This upper Wye tributary has been one of the most popular trout streams in the Passport scheme. With 4 beats and around 5 miles of water to fish, the Edw offers a good variety of water and could almost be described as a river in reverse. The lower 2 beats are high gradient and flow quickly over bedrock making them a fairly difficult wade but providing some fantastic pools and glides. The upper 2 beats, however, run through farmland and are more leisurely and meandering.

The furthest downstream on the Edw fishing, the Aberedw beat is split into 2 sections, making up nearly 1¾ miles of mostly double bank fishing. Flowing over bedrock, this is true mountain stream fishing – tricky wading in places but a variety of water conditions with good numbers of wild brown trout ready to give a great scrap on light tackle.

Ideally fished with a 6½-8ft, 2 to 4wt rod.

Species at this location

Brown trout

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