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Hotspots provide bountiful fishing on the Teifi; on the river.

Byline: PAUL WILLIAMS

THERE are many hotspots along the River Teifi at Cenarth.

One is 20 yards below the bridge, on the Ceredigion side of the river. It was once known in Welsh as the Sheep's Pool because before the advent of sheep dip, the flock was driven into the river and herded across by coracle men. This river-wash would rid the sheep of ticks and fleas.

Now it is known as Flat Rock and the river flows in front of it but also breaks away from the main flow to form a smaller stream at the side. An island in the river helps create the stream. A single worm or a bunch of worms in the salmon season, is usually ledgered here either in the main river or in the stream.

The worm however can be made to "run" in the stream a little easier than in the main flow.

Last season, while fishing the main river from Flat Rock, a fish turned in the side stream inches from my feet. It turned again and again. After the third show, I retrieved my worms and didn't cast but dropped the worms on top of the fish.

It took the worms immediately and in five minutes was in the net.

A fresh run six pound grilse (Atlantic salmon) covered with sea lice.

From the bridge to Flat Rock is a rock formation which rises about 15 feet above the river. Under this rock and under the water, we have been informed by divers, is a shelf which cuts in under the rock and was, on the day in question, full of salmon and sewin.

Here the fish are resting to prepare themselves for the run up the rapids and the jump over the falls.

Another hotspot is exactly opposite Flat Rock and known as The Run.

The worms are "trotted" down-stream and left to stand for 15 seconds before being retrieved and cast out again. This method can be deadly and salmon up to 25 pounds are caught here.

On a good day you might find as many as 14 anglers fishing a stretch not more than 50 feet in length.

Yes, they occasionally get tangled but there is a lot of camaraderie.

* Paul Williams is press officer for Teifi Trout Association
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 6, 2012
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