2015 Airflo World Bank Masters

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Fancy your chances of winning a £2,000 cash prize? Enter the 2015 Airflo World Bank Masters! 

The Airflo Bank Masters is now in it’s fourth consecutive year with the prize find growing year on year. With the first prize being £2000 (excluding other prizes), it’s easy to understand why this competition is still such a success!

With over 25 heats across the UK at recognised fisheries and still waters, and the opportunity to enter more than one heat to increase your chances of qualifying, why not enter the Airflo Bank Masters and try your hand at the fantastic cash and fly fishing tackle prizes?

Entry Fee: £29 – Which includes a free goody bag for your first entry only, then any additional entries are charged at £22 with no addition goody bag.

*Your free goody bag includes, an Airflo fly line and a pack of Iain Barr flies! (Worth well over £50 RRP)

Where can you fish?

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The Final will be fished on the 18th of April 2015 at Elinor Trout Fishery

*Download your entry form here:
Airflo World Bank Masters Open Championships – Entry Form 2015

Quiz: How old is that fish?

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Sea creatures are some of the longest living organisms on earth.

Some of them rack up more years of life than the maximum meterage of fishing line you can squeeze onto your sea fishing reel.

But who lives longest: koi carp or bow head whale? Lobster or orange roughy? Take our quiz to see if you know how long until each critter croaks.

Make a note of your answers and scroll down to the bottom for the answers.

1. Orange Roughy

Orange Roughy Quiz: How old is that fish?

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Stocks are diminishing

You’ll find orange roughy served up in restaurants and fish and chip shops the world over, but should you eat it?

A very slow growing deep sea fish, its flesh is tasty enough but contains high levels of mercury.

And when you consider it doesn’t even reach sexual maturity until it hits its mid twenties, it’s not surprising populations are vulnerable to overfishing.

Stocks in the oceans off Australia and New Zealand have already crashed and other stocks are fast dwindling.

What’s the lifespan of an Orange Roughy?

A) 72 years
B) 150 years
C) 205 years

2. Koi Carp

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The $1,000,000 fish!

The rarest, biggest and most beautiful (if you like that kind of thing) Koi carp change hands for big bucks.

And some of the most expensive are displayed in the atria of swanky head offices of some of Japan’s most successful corporations. At the peak of the Koi boom in the 1980, it’s thought fish changed hands for upwards of $1 million – or $2.2 million in today’s money.

UK carp have been known to live for upwards of 60 years – plenty of time to learn how to evade all but the most skilled wielder of a carp fishing rod, but how about the longest lived of the ornamental variety?

What’s the longest a Koi Carp has ever lived?

A) 36 years
B) 174 years
C) 225 years

3. Bowhead Whale

Bowhead whale Quiz: How old is that fish?

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How long do these giants live for?

Scientists keen to discover what makes us kick the bucket recently mapped the genome of this long lived whale.

In 2007, a 49ft bowhead whale caught off the coast of Alaska was found to have lodged in its flesh the remains of an exploding harpoon.

The artefact dated from 1890 meaning the whale survived an attempt on its life in the same year the Forth Bridge opened, Authur Conan Doyle published his second novel, ‘The Sign of the Four’, and the US 7th cavalry massacred at least 200 Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee.

Clearly an old whale – but how old?

How old did the oldest Bowhead Whale live for?

A) 89 years
B) 211 years
C) 345

4. Lobster

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Shell shedders.

They keep growing until they die, but we’ll let you have this clue: contrary to plentiful claims that lobsters are immortal, they’re not.

To grow, a lobster has to shed its shell, something it does many times throughout its life. In fact in the first year of life, a baby lobster can shed over 40 times. But as it grows older, the process slows so that by the age of about seven, it moults just once a year, and thereafter only every three or four years.

Casting off an old shell and growing a new one takes energy and it seems that by the time a lobster reaches its maximum life span, it no longer has the energy to cast off its shell. Though a lobster doesn’t age in the way that other creatures do, its final shell gets bashed and battered until bacteria seep into the cracks and eventually kill it off.

But how old is a lobster before it goes belly up?

A) 140 years
B) 204 years
C) 456 years

5. Sturgeon

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Unchanged in 135 million years.

A living fossil, North American lake sturgeon belong to a family of fish that have remained largely unchanged for 135 million years.

Their bony side plates, greenish grey colouring and pointed snouts, certainly look like they hail from the time when dinosaurs roamed the planet, but how long does a single specimen live?

To make it easier, we’ll give you a clue – males can live for around 55 years.

But up to how long can the female of the species live?

A) 70 years
B) 80 years
C) 150 years

6. Molluscs

Ming the mollosc Quiz: How old is that fish?

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Remember Ming the mollusc?

Ming the mollusc was a clam trawled from the seabed off the coast of Iceland in 2006.

When examined by scientists, it caused great excitement because it was clearly so old. The fact that the creature turned out to be even older than originally thought lent a certain poignancy to the story because in the attempt to count its growth rings, scientists accidentally killed it.

No one will ever know how old Ming might have become if left alone in the watery deep.

How old was Ming when its life was cut tragically short?

A) 234 years
B) 398 years
C) 507 years

7. Red Sea Urchin

Red sea Urchin Quiz: How old is that fish?

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Incredible creatures.

The Japanese consider their sex organs to be a delicacy, the Maori have consumed ‘kina’ since pre-European times, but tasty though they may be, the sea urchin is also an astonishing creature.

Hundreds of hydraulically operated tube legs enable it to move in any direction while its spines can be coordinated to point in the direction of a threat.

Sensitive to touch, light and chemicals, the sea urchin’s entire body acts like a kind of compound eye. Oh, and it can live for a very long time.

Typically, how long can a Red Sea Urchin live for?

A) 50 years
B) 200 years
C) 1000 years

ANSWERS BELOW!

1. Orange roughy: B) 150 years
2. Koi carp: C) 225 years
3. Bowhead whale: B) 211 years
4. Lobster: A) 140 years
5. Sturgeon: C) 150 years
6. Mollusc: C) 507 years
7. Red sea Urchin: B) 200 years

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Fishing for Cod – Testing the new TF Gear Beachcaster

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Have you ever fished anywhere as wonderful as this? The Bristol channel, right along side the impressive Seven Bridge, reputable for it’s superb fishing, fast flowing, silty waters and in particularly it’s Cod Fishing.

Ceri Owen, one of our senior sea fishing customer service advisers took the new TF Gear Beachcaster rods out to test on his most recent trip to the shore, along with a TF Gear 65CTM casting reel and an handful of 8oz leads.

Looking to test these sea fishing rods to it’s maximum potential, the heavy weights cast into the heavy swell of the Bristol channel would certainly do that. Achieving maximum distance and great accuracy.

Ceri said the bite detection was superb, much better than any other Beachcaster he’s used yet it has the backbone to cast heavy leads and set them in to the San/Mud bank easily.

TF Gear Force 8 6 series CTM was loaded with 20lb TF Gear Red Mist and a TF Gear Aftershock Tapered Leader. Casting was totally smooth and reached 100+ Yards with next to no effort.

Fishing the channel is never easy, and Ceri had only planned a short trip but landed plenty of Cod on Black Lug fished on a Pennell rigs.

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Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing Report 27th January

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The water temperature is a chilly four degrees, so with optimum water temperature for catching being 6-12 degrees there’s no surprise that the fish are not very active. To Rob Collier’s delight an 8lb brown trout put in an appearance though, caught and returned by Rob on the far bank on a damsel and intermediate. Rob released another, while son Tom also took and released one. During the week, Keith Higgins also caught and released a brown that he thought was around 3-3 and a half pounds, which is great news as that must be another resident rather than a stock fish. Keith also took a rainbow and returned two on a damsel and an Airflo intermediate Fly Lines.

Paul Elsworthy, Graham Davies, Rob Mien, Ken Pascoe, Vernon Williams, Matthew Russell Barrie Powell all took fish this week, with Vernon on a little black buzzer and a floating line, Ken on a black daddy and sink tip, Rob on a Dawsons olive, floating line and Graham on a damsel and intermediate. Matthew Russell took one and returned six on a sunburst blob and a floating line.

I was very pleased to see Jason Williams and Max Williams at Cwm Hedd this week and their good humour brightened up a dull and damp day. Jason has a cumbersome cast on his leg, so we found a chair for him and despite his frustrations at having to sit down for most of the time, his impressive casting and angling skills were a joy to watch. Jason took one and released six on damsels and buzzers and a floating line, even though he had to put up with me taking photographs and yacking to him. As Earnest Hemingway apparently said in the days before electronic communication took over the world: Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. Max took one and released two, on a diawl bach, damsel and buzzer, and a floating line.

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Take advantage of the Cheer up ticket at Cwm Hedd
Anglers have already taken advantage of the January ‘cheer-up ticket’, so find a friend who’s been thinking of coming along and you can bag a bargain. New to Cwm Hedd this week, Jo Thomas from Blackwood came back for a second visit this week with his two brothers Sean and Matthew, and had his own five hour ticket for £8.75, as did Tim Wellman from Bristol who brought friend Mark Miles, so happy days! A keen salmon angler Jo is very happy to have found us to take his mind off the interminable wait for the salmon season to begin. All took fish on a range of flies – humungous and olive cat the choice of Jo, Sean and Matthew, while it was snakes for Tim and Mark. To remind you of the offer in case you had a nana nap when you read the report last week: if you have fished at Cwm Hedd since October 2014, bring a new angler along and get your ticket on the day for half price (either a 5 hour or day ticket). The angler you bring to experience the delights of Cwm Hedd must not have fished here before and must be paying at least a £15 concession or £17.50 five hour ticket.

Congratulations!
Cwm Hedd regular Luke Thomas took first place in the Welsh International Bank trials held at Garnffrwd on Sunday. Luke is through to the finals on the 15th February. We’re all very proud of you Luke – must be all that practice at Cwm Hedd!

More congratulations!
Brian Haynes from Pontypool was startled and ecstatic to find he had hooked the tag fish last Thursday. Although the pot was quite modest at £32, Brian was over the moon as he also won a day ticket voucher, saying that he never wins anything! Well done Brian.

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Bridge update
The new bridge is in place, but not quite ready for action, unless as hubs Chris put it you have “the leap of a gazelle”. It’s rather beautiful as well as being the means of transporting you to fishing heaven on the island. Thanks to Chris and son Tom for designing and constructing the bridge, with only a few tiffs on the way – the alpha male and the young buck resolved a few disagreements without descent into locking of horns. Martin Turner and David Burns helped to get the bridge onto the water and in situ.

Events and competitions –
Please help to promote the Welsh International Coaching Day at Cwm Hedd, on Saturday 21st February. As you know I only send out one e-mail a week, but his week I hope you will not mind me sending an extra e-mail about the forthcoming coaching event on 21st February, and that you will be kind enough to help promote the event by forwarding the event e-mail to as many friends and colleagues as possible as well as liking and sharing event posts and news on facebook and twitter. The event is a golden opportunity to learn from Wales’ top internationals so spread the word!

The fundraising event is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team and is for anglers of all abilities from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales’ international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.

There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge). Booking forms are available at the lodge and on the event facebook page, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: lisaangelahole@aol.com

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Iain Barr Bank Masters – sponsored by Airflo
I am very pleased to confirm that a heat for the above will take place at Cwm Hedd on 22nd March 2015. Visit http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/ for details on how to enter this prestigious event. In addition to the competition entry fee the Cwm Hedd ticket for the day will be £22.50 payable in advance, with a minimum of fifteen paid entries and fishing tickets required by 15th March. I will of course be including a free bacon sandwich, bread pud/cakes/tea coffee etc and mopping your brow if required during the day. I am relaxing the rules on fish to be released for the day, so it will be take the first fish and release up to 15, with the format as regards moving platforms and scoring etc available soon . We’ll be putting all this on the Cwm Hedd website and facebook in the next day or so.

Gwyn Williams Memorial competition
The date for the memorial competition will be Saturday May 16th. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship: release up to ten fish and take any one: the four anglers with the heaviest fish will win a day ticket each. If anyone would like to sponsor further prize/prizes then please let me know, but as those of you who saw last week’s e-mail will know, the aim is for this to be an informal comp with the emphasis on having a good day with friends. I have already had several anglers who want to put their names down, so will make a provisional list, but to be sure of a place get your entry and payment in when I’ve sorted the entry form and sponsor forms. Bacon sandwich etc included on the day: if the weather’s good there will also be a barbecue (will have to enlist hubs for this as I’m useless on this front).

I have today been catapulted further into the mad whirl of social media in the form of Twitter: https://twitter.com/CwmHeddLakes, so feel free to tweet away folks using #cwmheddlakes.

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6 Bonzer Australian fishing spots

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Strewth! It’s Australia Day, so it seems only proper to honour some of the most beaut’ fishing spots down under.

With thousands of miles of coastline and varied regional climates, Australia offers a huge range of fishing options, so it’s no wonder around 5 million Aussies enjoy fishing in their leisure time.

Just take a look at these bonzer locations. Warning: the following may induce severe jealousy.

For barramundi fishing: Kimberley Coast, Western Australia

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Could you catch an elusive barramundi on the Kimberley coast?

We’ll start with one of the best excuses to bring out the sea fishing tackle: barramundi fishing. Australia’s most famous fighting fish – also known as the Asian seabass – barramundi is an Aboriginal name meaning ‘large-scaled silver fish’ and it provides one of the great fishing challenges. One of the best spots to catch it (and other large fish) is the stunning Kimberley Coast, a region bordered by the Indian Ocean, Timor Sea and sandy inland deserts. So, as the Aussies say, give it a burl!

For catching something tasty: East Coast, Tasmania

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A truly stunning spot to fish.

Tasmania’s east coast is a haven for fishing and attracts both professional and recreational anglers from all over the world. There’s everything here from jetty fishing for beginners, to diving for rock lobsters, to serious deep sea sport fishing charters. You’ll definitely catch something tasty to put on the sunset barbie.

For huge variety: Gippsland, Victoria

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Why not try lake fishing in Gippsland?

Few places in the world offer the diversity of fishing opportunities found in Gippsland (in fact we had to check Gippsland wasn’t another Aboriginal word meaning fishland, but it wasn’t).  There are heaps of fish species in this area to ensure year-round fishing and a variety of spots to fish from including coastal lakes, rivers, estuaries and even a 90-mile stretch of beach. Fair dinkum, we’re stoked just talking about it!

For a fishing safari: Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory

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One of the largest areas of Aboriginal-owned land.

The Gove Peninsula is the most eastern extremity of the Northern Territory and is one of the largest areas of Aboriginal-owned land. And the fishing there is legendary. Charter a fishing safari in the pristine waters of the Arafura Sea and fish a bounty of species including tuna, marlin, barracuda and red emperor. You can even spend the night camping on Wigram Island. It’s so remote you’ll be drinking with the flies.

For tinnie boat fishing: Bega River, New South Wales

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Take a tinnie down the river.

For those of you not familiar with the lingo, a tinnie isn’t a can of beer, but rather a small aluminium motorboat that resembles a sardine can. Hire one at sparrows fart (dawn) and find a spot on the enchanting Bega River off the Sapphire Coast where you’ll find bream, bass, flathead and tailor.

For pier fishing: Tathra, New South Wales

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Fish on the pier with your peers.

For many Aussies the joy lies in tossing a line from the end of a pier and being in the company of other like-minded anglers. Tathra Pier in family-friendly Tathra, NSW is one of the most popular piers for fishing in Australia. So chill out with some fellow anglers and try your hand at catching a yellowtail kingfish, bonito or Australian salmon while you’re at it.

Big Fish at Cwm Hedd!

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I can’t say that fishing has been easy as Cwm Hedd has never been an easy lake, except on those occasional days when the fish hurl themselves onto hooks in droves whatever fly your using. I can say with certainty though that the lake is full of rainbows 2.25-3lbs with a decent number of bigger fish including the browns that have been putting in an appearance over the last few weeks as can be seen below. The range of flies and methods are as eclectic as the anglers at Cwm Hedd, which makes for very lively discussion and good natured debate in the lodge and on the bank, and part of the challenge and satisfaction is finding what works best for you.

After some shocking weather this week the weekend was a belter at Cwm Hedd Lakes – with three brilliant fish coming out in one day, all Troutmasters entries: Callum Russell with a 5lb rainbow, caught on his new Airflo Super Stik fly fishing rod which he had for his 12th birthday on Saturday.

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Keith Higgins with a 6lb 10oz brown trout which put up an exceptional fight on just 6lb tippet, caught on a fast intermediate and a damsel pattern, a fly which has proved successful at Cwm Hedd for quite some time.

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…And finally Kieron Jenkins with this great rainbow trout 1oz shy of 7lbs hooked at full range and taken on a hot head Sunburst blob fished 4 foot under an AirLock Strike Indicator on an Airflo Super Dri Lake Pro floating line. Kieron also took one and released five on Saturday as a warm up for Sunday.

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Luke Thomas and Mark Southward took one and released three, Mark on a goldhead montana, Luke on a green blob with an apple green head, fishing three feet down around the back of the island.

David Davies took one and released one on a black and white buzzer and a floating line; also on a buzzer and a floating line. Over two visits, consistent angler Ken Pascoe took two and returned five. Aside from the beautiful brown taken by Keith Higgins on Sunday, Keith also took one and released three rainbows earlier in the week, on a damsel and intermediate.

Paul Elsworthy also took one and returned three on a small black nymph and ghost-tip, Mike Mckeown took two on a black and green fritz and an intermediate. Mike Collis, Matthew Russell, Barry Curtis, Graham Davies and Paul Collet all took fish, with Barrie taking a cracking 3lb 6 oz rainbow to the delight of his 6yr old son Cole who was on his first fishing trip with dad. John Belcher’s pink spider and floating line brought him a rainbow, while Terry Bromwell and Sion Lewis each took one, both on damsels and floating lines, Sion releasing another two and Terry another one.

Terry very patiently helped me to practice my casting and I have decided that I must put in far more effort and learn more instead of faffing about and moaning that I am cold, as I am wont to do. It will be thermal knickers for me from now on, as being a fair weather angler just won’t do. I have also turned over a new leaf in respect of doing more things for myself, such as setting up my rod and tying my own fly on for a change instead of pretending I’m helpless and asking someone else to do it – what a wimp! I have made a start by cleaning my line and getting it all back onto my rod – a minor triumph.

Ken Bowring is making a very good recovery and I hope to see him and Roger Martyn at the lodge this week for a cuppa. I hope Bob Mayers is also making good progress, as well as anyone else who is poorly or just feeling that January is getting them down. My best wishes to Gary from Big Well fishery who is recovering from a recent illness. Spring is around the corner, so there will be some good times to come it just doesn’t always seem like it when things get rough.

January – cheer-up ticket offer
On the subject of January blues, if you have fished at Cwm Hedd since October 2014, bring a new angler along and get your ticket on the day for half price (either a 5 hour or day ticket). The angler you bring to experience the delights of Cwm Hedd must not have fished here before and must be paying at least a £15 concession or £17.50 five hour ticket.

Leek and Potato Soup Saga
Sally Ann Iles challenged me to a leek and potato soup competition last weekend, then promptly forgot to bring hers. Sal is adamant that she is going to bring hers next weekend: too late Sal – I won! Gotta be in it to win it!

Bridge update
Hubs Chris and son Tom have decided that the old bridge suffered too much buffeting from its unexpected cruise across the lake last week and have been busy working on the construction of a new bridge. Their design is interesting to say the least – Brunel might have been impressed even though he would have recommended iron. The new bridge is being constructed on land and they have yet to work out how they are going to get it into the water. I will have my camera to hand and will be selling tickets for the event.

Events and competitions
Speaking of events, you can look forward to several events and competitions over the next year in addition to the British Legion Poppy fish and the Boxing Day comp. the line-up of events begins with the Welsh International Coaching Day, on Saturday 21st February. The fundraising event is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team and is for anglers of all abilities – from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales- international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.
There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge). Booking forms are available at the lodge and on the event facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/543578475778926/ , or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: lisaangelahole@aol.com

Iain Barr Bank Masters – sponsored by Airflo I haven’t had the opportunity to confirm the details yet, but I’m very pleased that one of the heats for the above event is provisionally going to be held at Cwm Hedd on 22nd March 2015. In the meantime, for general information, visit http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/.

WSTAA 2nd Bank trial
The 2015 draft calendar is available for the WSTAA bank trials and I am again very pleased that Cwm Hedd is part of this, with the second trial to be held at Cwm Hedd in January 2016 – date to be confirmed. http://www.wstaa.org/index.asp?content_id=1

Gwyn Williams Memorial competition
In memory of my lovely brother, the competition will be held in April or May this year, and I will confirm the date in the next week or two. As it will be a fundraiser I want to keep the entry cost down, so will probably go with the same format as the Boxing Day comp ie release up to ten fish and take one: the four anglers with the heaviest fish winning a day ticket each. If anyone would like to sponsor a further prize/prizes then please let me know, but the aim is for this to be an informal comp with the emphasis on having a good day with friends. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship and I think the sponsorship will be donated to Help For Heroes as this is a charity that Gwyn supported and thought very highly of. I’ll sort the entry forms, details and date in the next week or two.

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Fish Art

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Fishing is an art in itself, but how about fishing art? Investing in a piece of angling related art work is about more than buying a painting or print to decorate a wall.

The artwork you choose to display at home reflects your character and passion. And let’s face it, when you’re stuck at home, your fishing rods and tackle packed away in the cupboard, fishing art keeps you connected to your favourite sport.

But what do you buy? To help you answer that question, here we profile some of today’s most admired angling and fishing artists.

David Miller

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Before painting, David videos his subjects underwater.

The stunning images of fish that decorate the Environment Agency’s credit card style fishing rod licence are the work of prolific nature artist, David Miller. Stunned by the lifelike representation of fish in his paintings? David snorkels and dives in rivers and gravel pits, using photography and video to capture images of his subjects in their natural environment. It’s an astonishing level of dedication that helps him achieve a mastery of his art that’s hard to match.

One of the contemporary top fishing painters, his work is well sought after with a growing national and international reputation. Prices for original oils start at around £450. A print costs between £60 and £90 and can be supplied mounted for an extra fee. Check out his website for more details.

Karen Sarkar

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Want your catch immortalised in paint? Karen takes commissions!

It’s the essence of her subjects that Karen Sarkar tries to capture in her work, and as a keen angler, her fish paintings do just that. Highly collectable and appearing in fine art publications, her paintings in oil place her among the top angling artists in the country. Caught the fish of your life? Karen takes commissions  – what better way to remember that special moment?

If you’d like to own a piece of art by Karen, visit her website to find out more.

Chris Turnbull

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Chris has been creating fish fine art since the ’80s!

“Beneath the ripples, the glare and reflections, is another world not seen by many. Come, let us go there!”

So says artist Chris Turnbull, and we think you’ll agree that his art really does capture the beauty and mystery that lies beneath the water’s surface.

‘Roach: the Gentle Giant’ and ‘In Visible Waters’, by John Bailey, ‘The Angler’s Guide to Freshwater Fish’ by John Wilson and ‘Mammoth Pike’, by Neville Fickling – are among the many publications to have featured art by Chris Turnbull. Immensely experienced, and a true master of his art, Chris has been producing fine art representations of fish in their underwater habitat since the 1980s.

Interested in buying one of his original works? Get in touch for a price. A3 Giclee prints are £78, A4 £65.

Carl Ellis

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Carl’s lifelike flickers and flashes of fish.

Movement, expression and immediacy are the hallmarks of paintings and drawings by Carl Ellis. A member of the Society of Wildlife Artists since 2001, his work is collected all  over the world. Catching sticklebacks in the canal near his Liverpool home sparked Carl’s lifelong interest in fish, an interest that developed alongside his passion for drawing and painting.

Applying oil paint using wax pastels, erasers and even his fingers, Carl’s unique paintings offer glimpses of fish as you would see them in life. His works catch that glimmer beneath the surface, the swish of a tail, the flicker and flash of the shoal in a way that makes his paintings a truly immersive experience.

Contact Carl via his website for prices and availability.

Susie Ray

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Image source: Susie Ray
Susie uses 18th century techniques to create distinctive sea-life imprints.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Japanese fishermen used edible ink and rice paper to produce ‘rubbings’ of prize catches and unusual finds. Now that technique has been revived in Cornwall by artist Susie Ray. Using oil paints and cotton cloth, Susie captures the imprint of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. By scanning the results into digital format, she is able to produce high quality prints – with no fishy odor!

Unique reproductions of prawns, crabs, squid, mackerel to name but few, Susies work offers a truly fascinating and novel way to look at fish and other marine species, enabling the viewer to see in minute detail the texture and detail of the creature’s skin or shell.

Susie sells through the Padstow Mussel Co. And as well as beautiful prints produces fish rubbings on ceramics. Prices for prints range from £29 – £58.

If you’re an artist that paints fish, get in touch in the comment section below and we’ll do a review!

Nautical thieves: Video evidence!

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TV shows like the BBC’s ‘Crime Watch’ showcase CCTV recordings of criminals in action, hoping for a all important tip-off that could lead to arrest.

Take a look at the following footage – fish-lovin’ thieves stealing the prize catch from innocent anglers. It’s unlikely any of these felons will do time, but the crime scene footage will raise a wry smile or two!

That’s a crime!

These two lucky guys pose with their catch of Mahimahi – how quickly their joy turned to sorrow…

Spearfishing gone bad

Ever been tempted to take up spearfishing? You’ll think twice once you’ve seen this…

Net hacker

No we’re not talking about the Internet – watch what happens when this whale shark encounters a full fishing net…

Cat burglar

This sneaky cat waited on the periphery and struck at the perfect moment. It might only be a quickie, but this one is comedy gold.

Place your catch with care

These guys might want to rethink where they put their catches, especially if this sneaky otter is about.

Refined tastes

This tech-loving octopus is more interested in this guys video camera and fishing tackle! Watch as the octopus successfully steals the camera and continues filming…

 

Fly Fishing Video at Cwm Hedd

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Leaping Trout at Cwm Hedd Lakes

Wet, wild and windy
A wild and windy week kept many of you at home this week, so I hope you’ve cracked on with the DIY with a smile on your face instead of staring gloomily out of the window and biting everyone’s heads off. Just console yourself by thinking of all the fishing you’ll be able to catch up on when the weather settles down. Another stock of rainbows and a tag fish were delivered by Exmoor Fisheries last Friday so they are just waiting for you all to be able to get out and about again.

I love mad anglers
Although anglers have inevitably been very thin on the ground a big thank you to those of you who were mad enough to brave the atrocious conditions and deliver some fishing highlights along with your good humour. Ken Pascoe took one and returned five on a rubber-legged daddy and a floating fly line. Also on a floating line Craig Bowles took one and returned five on a bloodworm and cats whisker s, while Mike James took three and returned four over two visits, on Ken’s emerger (ie Ken Pascoe) and an egg fly. Matthew Russell took one and returned four on a blob under an indicator and a cats whisker, while Lee Ashcroft took one and returned three on a hothead damsel and an intermediate line. Arron Atkin, Richard Harris, Mike Mckeown, Dave Smith and Stewart Woodfield all took one on various flies: cats whisker, white dome head, montana and a new one to me: ‘Dennis the Menace’.

Captured on camera
Kieron Jenkins took one and released one on a tequila blob under a bung in less than an hour, capturing a fabulous image of one leaping out of the water ‘a must see’ image which is the new cover shot on our facebook page (and above). The image was taken via a camera built into glasses, manufactured by Pivothead and worn by Kieron who was trying them out for the first time on a setting that took one image every three seconds (I think). Sally Ann Iles also tried out the glasses and has a potential new career as Cwm Hedd’s ‘roving reporter’ as she raced to capture Luke Thomas on video as he brought in a fish using the aptly named ‘spermy worm’ under an indicator. Sal’s in very professional commentator mode and Luke is a star. He also released another five on a 40+ floating line.

Get well soon!
I’m sure you will be very sorry to hear that Ken Bowring has suffered burns from a chip pan fire. I have kept in touch with him and he is making a steady recovery. There is a get well card at the lodge, which will be there for this week if you would like to sign it and we all hope he will be back fishing soon.
There is also a card for you to sign for Bob Mayers, who is laid up with a broken femur, so a very speedy recovery is wished for you too Bob.

Now you see it
I had one of those ‘elephant in the room’ moments on Saturday, having been at the lodge for at least an hour and not noticed that the bridge to the main island had gone! Not gone from the lake (that would indeed have been an ingenious theft): the bolts attaching it to each bank had sheared in the high winds and it’ taken itself for a sabbatical in the wading area, accompanied by a canoe. I’m sure they will enjoy the change of scene. Amazingly it is still upright (it’s on polystyrene floats) and doesn’t seem to have suffered any damage, so when the weather sorts itself out we’ll tow it aback around and give it some TLC.

Welsh International Coaching Day, Saturday 21st February ‘Fly fish with the best Less than six weeks to go! Cwm Hedd is the venue for this fundraising event, which is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team. The event is for anglers of all abilities ‘from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales’ international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.

There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge).

Booking forms will be available at the lodge from this week and will soon be available to download from our web site www.cwmhedd.co.uk . Information is available at the lodge, on the event facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/543578475778926/, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: lisaangelahole@aol.com

www.cwmhedd.co.uk email: info@cwmhedd.co.uk www.facebook.com/cwmheddlakes
Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm) That’s all for now ‘hope to see you when the weather improves!

2015 CLA Game Fair Update

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KAYAKS AT THE GAME FAIR

I’ve just come from a planning meeting for this year’s CLA Game Fair and one of the most exciting developments for many years is in the pipeline:

They’re creating a complete ‘Kayak Experience’ within the fishing village. Game Fair visitors can come and see the very latest kayaks and fishing equipment, but beyond that they will also be able to try them out on the lake! Wetsuits will be provided with full changing room facilities and experts will be on hand to help! offer advice and look after safety. Leisure, sport and surf kayaks will be involved, as well as kayaks specifically designed for fishing.

This looks to be a golden opportunity to sample this exciting and growing branch of game fishing so put the dates in your diary: Harewood House near Leeds, 31st July to 2nd August 2015. Save money and buy tickets now at www.cla.org.uk