Osprey Fly Fishers Association

The Osprey Fly Fishers Association control fishing on the River Taff, Rhondda, Clydach, Usk and the Beacons reservoir.

Website: www.ospreyffa.co.uk
Contact:
Dennis Baynham
Email: dennis@thebaynhams.fsnet.co.uk
Telephone number: N/A
Day ticket available:
Yes, Available from Harvey Angling, Cafe Royal Pontypridd.
Season permit available: Yes, £65. Options for winter grayling only available.
Region: South East Wales
Social Media:  Yes, Facebook group.

With a diverse selection of fly fishing water, this is one of the best value angling clubs you can join in Wales. The Osprey section of the middle Taff is the best on the river for large brown trout, and also has prolific grayling shoals that allow for sport to continue in winter.

A river Taff brown trout

A river Taff brown trout.

A small tributary call the Clydach joins the Taff above Pontypridd. Know locally as the Bwll brook, this rugged mountain stream teems with small trout, and provides great fun on a light set up.

River Clydach - aka the Bwll brook

River Clydach – aka the Bwll brook.

The Club also own rights on the Rhondda river which has great trout stocks plus a few grayling, and a short stretch of the river Usk in Brecon, where it is deep and slow but holds a lot of fish for those willing to wade deep.

Finally the Ospreys lease the Beacons reservoir near Pen y Fan. Beacons is an upland wild trout fishery where traditional floating line and lough style tactics works best. It’s fish are mainly around 3/4lb but it does throw up some 2lb plus fish each year.

A typical fish from the Beacons reservoir

A typical fish from the Beacons reservoir.

Not forgetting the places to fish, The Ospreys also have a very active social calendar including club competitions on various stillwaters including Clywedog, Barrows, Chew, and Llandgefedd. The Ospreys also have a club house in Abercynon, where every Wednesday evening you can enjoy fly tying demos, fishing talk and banter with members.

Aberdare and District Angling Association

The Aberdare and district Angling association control the fishing on Nant Moel Reservoir and also a 4 mile stretch of the River Cynon.

Nant Moel Reservoir

Nant Moel Reservoir. Image credit: Jason Williams

Website: www.nantmoel.co.uk
Contact:
Mr DW Morgan
Email: aadaafishing@gmail.com
Telephone number: 07504507327 (email preferred)
Day ticket available:
Yes, £12. Available from Hirwaun Post Office.
Season permit available: Yes, £70 half season, £120 Full..
Region: South East Wales
Social Media:  Yes, Facebook page for members only.

Situated at the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, the Nant Moel reservoir is regularly stocked with quality rainbow trout and sometimes blues, which grow on and fight well in the cool oxygenated water. Four level access disabled platforms make the reservoir an easy place to fish for everyone. Nant Moel reservoir fishes well all year, but particularly so in summer due to the high altitude – when other lower lying fisheries are not at their best, Nant Moel is often on song.

A typical Nant y Moel rainbow trout Image credit: Jason Williams

A typical Nant y Moel rainbow trout. Image credit: Jason Williams

The River Cynon flows through Aberdare, with the Aberdare Angling club stretch being from Llwycoed to Abercwmboi. This small tributary of the Taff is little fished, but it does hold plentiful stocks of beautiful wild brown trout, some of which reach decent sizes to rival the fish found in the main river Taff. Grayling are also beginning to show up in the middle and lower reaches of the Cynon system.

A river Cynon brown trout.

A river Cynon brown trout.

 

Merthyr Tydfil AA Day Tickets – Now available from Fishtec!!

You can now purchase day tickets for various fishing venues controlled by the Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association at the Fishtec shop!

One of the biggest angling clubs in Wales, MTAA have fishing rights on a vast array of venues, from small rivers to huge lakes. Many of these venues are local to Fishtec and provide excellent fishing opportunities for both game and coarse anglers.

The full list of day ticket venues and respective prices can be found below. To fish them, simply purchase your ticket at the Fishtec shop, open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.00pm.

GAME FISHING

Cantref reservoir – 1st March to 30th November.

Cantref is on the A470 about 15 minutes drive from the Fishtec shop. It contains mainly wild browns, but is lightly trickle stocked through the year with rainbows allowing it to stay open until 30th November. If you do connect with a rainbow, expect a superb fight – they grow on well in the cold, clean water. The browns are plentiful with sizes between 8 oz to 12 oz with the odd bigger fish. The reservoir is in a lovely location despite being near the road. Fly fishing only.

Day Ticket prices: Adult £10.00 Junior £6.00

Full details can be found here.

A typical grown on Cantref rainbow trout.

A typical grown on Cantref rainbow trout.

River Taff – March 3rd to 30th September.

The MTAA water on the Taff covers 14 miles. The river is no longer heavily stocked; as a result In recent seasons the wild trout size and numbers have increased dramatically – it’s now probably the best fishing in Wales for larger than average river wild brown trout. There are no grayling present in this part of the river. At just 20 minutes from Fishtec, there is a lot of water to cover on the day ticket.

Day Ticket prices: Adult £10.00 Junior £6.00 (n.b also covers river Tarrell, and Taf Fechan)

Full details can be found here.

Spring on the River Taff.

Spring on the River Taff.

Taf Fechan River – March 3rd to 30th September

A delightful tributary of the Taff. Not as urban in nature as the main Taff, it flows through the Brecon Beacons to Pontsticill reservoir dam.  A lot of work has been done here by Orvis to improve habitat. It is run on a purely catch and release basis to preserve wild stock.

Day Ticket prices: Adult £10.00 Junior £6.00 (n.b also covers river Tarrell, and Taff)

Full details can be found here.

River Tarrell – March 3rd to 30th September

This small river flows right past the Fishtec warehouse. The MTAA stretch is just up the road at Libanus. It hold nice wild brown trout some to 3/4lb but most 9 or 10 inches.

Day Ticket prices: Adult £10.00 Junior £6.00 (n.b also covers river Taff)

Full details can be found here.

River Tarell - full of small wild trout.

River Tarell – full of small wild trout.

COARSE FISHING

Brecon Canal – Open all year.

Located in Brecon just 1/4 mile from Fishtec, the canal is home to specimen roach, chub and dace. To top it off it’s also a great venue for large perch – fish of 3lb plus have been caught recently. For less than the price of a pint you can have some superb coarse fishing at any time of the year.

Day Ticket prices: Adult £3.50. Junior. £2.00

Full details can be found here.

Brecon canal - main basin in Brecon.

Brecon canal – main basin in Brecon.

Pontsticill and Dolygaer reservoir – Open all year.

This large reservoir system is home to many species of coarse fish, but is perhaps best known for it’s pike angling in the winter. The pike fishing has improved in recent years, with fish in high teens and 20 pond plus now figuring in catches. (Fishtec stock a wide selection of deadbait’s suitable for fishing this venue.) The reservoir also has abundant perch, and massive bags of bream can be taken using feeder fishing methods. Carp and trout are present in small numbers, but they are specimen sized.

Day Ticket prices:  Adult £6.00. Juniors £3.00

Full details can be found here.

A typical pike from Pontsticll reservoir - 17lb

A typical pike from Pontsticll reservoir – 17lb

Penywern Ponds – Open all year.

Just off the heads of the valley’s road, these heavily stocked ponds offer Carp fishing, coarse fishing and stillwater barbel fishing. They are really good ‘runs waters’ where sport is almost guaranteed.

Day Ticket prices:  Adult £6.00. Juniors £3.00

Full details can be found here.

Angling on Penywern pond

Angling on Penywern pond.

Cyfartha Lake – Open all year.

A lake in a lovely park setting near Cyfartha castle. Easy to fish and access, this venue is stuffed full of carp. Most are 10lb to 14lb in weight but there are 20’s present. Also crucians, bream and chub. There are silver fish present and even the odd trout.

Day Ticket prices:  Adult £6.00. Juniors £3.00

Full details can be found here.

The average stamp of common carp you can expect from Cyfartha lake.

The average stamp of common carp you can expect from Cyfartha lake.

Need advice on fishing Merthyr Tydfil waters? Don’t hesitate to ask our friendly shop staff. They have years fishing on MTAA club waters and will be able to put you in the right direction.

Mountain Ash Fly Fishers Association

The Mountain Ash fly fishing club has excellent fishing on Penderyn and Ystradfellte reservoirs, both of which are not far from the southern Brecon Beacons national park.

Penderyn Reservoir - Image by Ceri Jones

Penderyn Reservoir – Image by Ceri Jones

The Concrete bowl Penderyn reservoir has a fleet of boats and is stocked regularly with quaility rainbow trout, giving the experience of a visit to Farmoor on a smaller scale, whilst Ystradfellte is a steep sided upland reservoir abounding with wild brown trout in a scenic valley.

Website: http://mountainashflyfishers.yolasite.com/
Contact:
Don Griffiths
Email:
donald.griffiths@homecall.co.uk
Telephone number:
01685 812399
Day ticket available:
Yes, £20 From Deb’s Newsagent Hirwaun
Season permit available:
Yes, £96
Region:
South East Wales
Social Media:
N/A

Ystradfellte Reservoir - wild brown trout fishery

Ystradfellte Reservoir – wild brown trout fishery.


Ogmore Angling Association

The Ogmore is a south Wales river the reaches the Sea at Bridgend. Well known for it’s Sea trout and Salmon fishing, this gem of a river holds it’s own against more famous rivers further west. The river also holds decent stocks of resident brown trout plus a few grayling in the lower reaches.

The River Ogmore at Pen y fai

The River Ogmore at Pen y fai

Website: http://www.ogmoreangling.com/
Contact: http://www.ogmoreangling.com/contact.html
Email: membershipsecretary@ogmoreangling.com
Telephone number:
N/A
Day ticket available:
Yes, £20
Season permit available:
Yes, may be a waiting list.
Region:
South East Wales
Social Media:
Yes, Facebook group for members.

Once polluted and lacking it’s historical numbers of salmon and sea trout, recent decades have seen this river bounce back to be on of Wales most productive rivers for migratory salmonid fish.

The Warren at Hay – Fishing on the River Wye

The River Wye at the Warren Hay-on-Wye is a mixed fishery holding trout, grayling and salmon, as well as barbel, chub and pike.

Jeff Morgan with 10lb 10oz barbel from the Warren.

Jeff Morgan with 10lb 10oz barbel from the Warren.

Whilst not strictly an angling club, the River Wye at Hay can be fished for just £10 a day or £60 for full year, making it incredible value for money for fishing of this caliber.

Website: http://www.haywarren.org.uk/fish.html
Contact:
Jeff Morgan
Email: N/A
Telephone number:
01497 820 491 (Golesworthy’s, ticket vendor)
Day ticket available:
Yes
Season permit available:
Yes
Region:
South East Wales.
Social Media:
Yes, Facebook group for members. Twitter: https://twitter.com/haywarrenangler

Hay and Warren fishing map

Hay and Warren fishing map.

The stunning River Wye at Hay.

The stunning River Wye at the Warren.

Glamorgan Anglers Club

River Taff Glamorgan anglers Stretch

One of the oldest clubs in Wales, Glamorgan Anglers was founded in 1904. The Sheer diversity of fishing the GAC control is simply incredible.

Website: www.glamorgananglersclub.org.uk
Contact: Paul Addecott
Email: secretary@glamorgananglersclub.org.uk
Telephone number:
Day ticket available:
Yes, from £5
Season permit available: Yes, from £68
Region: South East Wales
Social Media: N/A

Glamorgan Anglers control the River Taff from Radyr into and including Cardiff bay. Trout, grayling, salmon, chub and record breaking barbel abound. The Cardiff bay lake itself has good perch fishing.

The Club also has stretches on the river Ely, Wye, Usk, Trothy, and eight coarse fishing lakes holding carp, silvers, perch, tench and pike. You will struggle to fish all of their waters in a whole season, such is the sheer amount of quality fishing available.

We recommend you try:

The runs below Radyr weir for grayling. World class winter fly fishing, with grayling to over 2lb regularly captured.

A fine grayling from the River Taff

A fine grayling from the River Taff.

Islwyn and District Angling Club

Islwyn and Disctrict Angling Club
Islwyn and district hold the fishing rights on the river Ebbw and Sirhowy – post industrial south Wales rivers that now hold abundant wild trout.

Website:
www.islwynanglers.org.uk
Contact:
Email: treasurer@islwynanglers.org.uk
Telephone number:
Day ticket available:
Yes, from £7.
Season permit available: Yes, from £140
Region: South East Wales
Social Media: Forum http://islwynanglers.freeforums.biz

These rivers offer some of the best sport in Wales in urban surrounds – sheer quantity of fish and quality of the fishing makes them well worth visiting.

The club also has quality lake fishing for rainbows on the Pant yr Eos reservoir and Pen y fan pond – the latter also being the home of huge crayfish feeding browns. All of this fishing is available on a day ticket via their website – use PayPal, print off the receipt and away you go.

Early Season on the Ebbw

Early Season on the Ebbw.

A typical Ebbw wild trout of about a pound in weight.

A typical Ebbw wild trout of about a pound in weight.

We recommend you try:
Pen y fan pond – great evening fishing, grown on rainbows and quality browns.

Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association

Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association
Very local to Fishtec, this friendly, active association is always open to new members and will happily give advice to visiting anglers.

Website: www.mtaa.co.uk
Contact:
Tony Rees
Email: tonyreesuk@goolgemail.com
Telephone number:
Day ticket available:
Yes, from £3.50
Season permit available: Yes, all waters £60 from 2016
Region: South East Wales
Social Media: Facebook group, for members only.

Perhaps one of the largest angling associations in terms of waters available, MTAA offer a vast amount of fishing in South and Mid Wales. From world class trout dry fly fishing on the rivers Taff and Usk, prime salmon fishing, specimen pike and coarse angling on large lakes, to small stream brook fishing and windswept upland reservoirs for rainbow and brown trout, the shear amount of fishable water on offer makes this club simply incredible value for day and season permit anglers alike.

A river Taff brown trout from the MTAA stretch.

A river Taff brown trout from the MTAA stretch.

Image: Daniel Popp

We recommend you try:

Cantref reservoir – Wild browns and stocked rainbows, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons on the A470. Great bank fishing, especially on a summer evening with floating line and traditional wet flies..

The Taff Fechan river – Delightful small stream fishing for wild trout in beautiful surroundings.

Pontsticll Reservoir – Great coarse fishing. Fish for bream, pike and perch all year round.