Llyn Eigiau sits to the south west of Conwy and the north west of Betws-Y-Coed, in the Snowdonia National Park. It is one of several waters run by Dolgarrog fishing club.
The Llyn is approximately 1500 metres long by 300 metres at its widest, and sits in a north-south direction, protected on the western shores by the crags of Craig Eigiau.
The eastern shores of Llyn Eigiau are very shallow and bouldery, smooth round boulders that can be very slippy when wet, and waders may be a better option on this side. The western shores are by far the better waters for the good head of trout found here, as the hillside drops from Craig Eigiau. The fishing is good in the little bays and particularly good under the cliffs at the southern end, but a southerly wind is required for best effect. Without a very hazardous scramble, of which I wouldn’t recommend, you cannot circumnavigate the Llyn, getting baulked by cliffs on the south-western shore.
Access to Llyn Eigiau is by a single track road up from Dolgarrog, and there is parking for approximately 20 cars at the end of the road. There is then an approximately 20 minute walk to the Llyn. It is not easy walking around this Llyn, and the western footpath is very rocky at the northern end, but the fishing is worth the difficulty, with plenty of hard fighting trout eager to come up to a team of flies, or a dry fly targeting rising fish.
Day tickets are available online, through the Wye and Usk Foundations Fishing Passport
Jerry loves his wild places and he started fishing for trout as a boy, in the streams of mid Wales, and the hill lochs on the west coast of Scotland. These days he tends to be knee deep in small Pennine rivers, or fishing the Llyns and tarns of North Wales and the Lake District. The experience is more important than the size of the fish, and wild is beautiful.
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