Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing Report – Opening Week

Cwm Hedd Opening Week 2014
Opening weekend fishing report 19th October 2014 (posted a few days late!)

In contrast to a wild and windy Sunday the near perfect conditions on Saturday brought a great turnout of keen anglers to Cwm Hedd for opening day. The season got off to a flying start as rain held off on a mild and mainly overcast day with the occasional glimpse of sunshine and a fairly gentle breeze.  The quality fish stocked in the last two weeks by Exmoor fisheries have been finding their way around the lake and provided good sport for anglers.

Although some rainbows opted for tentative takes followed by a hasty retreat, and some anglers were simply unlucky, over a hundred rainbows were brought to the bank over the weekend, with the hotspots being the tip of the main island and the far bank. Top rods reaching their ten fish limit on Saturday were Mike James and Carlo Bertorelli, with Mike taking two and releasing eight on an orange fritz, an apps bloodworm and a damsel (all on a midge tip fly lines), while Carlo opted for black and silver mini lures to take one and release nine.

As regulars know well, fishing Cwm Hedd can test the skills of the even the most experienced anglers, so it is always a pleasure to see young anglers prepared to take up the challenge and being rewarded for their perseverance. Thomas Morgan and Luke Jenkins both took fish, each using floating lines: Thomas on a montana and Luke on a white and yellow cats whisker. Well done!

Top rod on Sunday was regular John Belcher, one of the hardy few who braved the high winds to take two rainbows and release seven on his own green and white lure with an intermediate line. Taking a breather at the lodge to fortify himself with bread pudding and tea, John reported that an immediate retrieve with a fast figure of eight produced the most success.

With the temperature due to drop further in the next few weeks anglers can look forward to some great fishing at Cwm Hedd. Let’s hope that the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo doesn’t wreak too much havoc!

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday closed; Wednesday-Sunday: 8am til sunset; last admission: 2 hours before sunset. Sunset this week is approximately 6pm (5pm on Sunday as the clocks are going back on the weekend)

Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Only 15 places left!

Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms on www.cwmhedd.co.uk or download at   http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events

Entry forms also available at Cwm Hedd lodge from this weekend.

Thanks to those who have kindly donated prizes for the raffle – all prizes gratefully received!

Croesheolydd Farm, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8RW. 5 mins J 28 M4
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Cwm Hedd Lakes – 2014 Opening

Cwm Hedd Opening

Hope you are all looking forward to Cwm Hedd re-opening this coming Saturday 18th October. Rain forecast for the weekend might dampen enthusiasm to some degree, but will at least be conducive to good fishing, so bring your waterproofs! I am pleased to report that I’ve taken the water temperature this morning and it’s now averaging a very respectable 12 degrees, having dropped over four degrees in the last fortnight. Exmoor Fisheries put in the first of the season’s stock last week and are bringing more of their tip top stock before this weekend.

In a few weeks once anglers have experienced the ups and downs of the new season I’ll be able to tell you what’s been working best in terms of tactics, fly lines and flies and all things fly fishing at Cwm Hedd. In the meantime I am very grateful to Wales International Kieron Jenkins for responding promptly this morning to my request for advice to anglers as a starting point this season: ˜As the water temperature continues to drop the fish will tend to become more active and aggressive when it comes to feeding. Anglers who use large, mobile lures such as cats whiskers, dog nobblers and zonkers will tend to have more action and in turn, catch more fish. A medium-fast sinking line such as the Sixth Sense Airflo Di 3 sinking line will be ideal for reaching the deeper coolest water and the sensitivity from the sixth sense lines will ensure you feel EVERY take. A mixed pace retrieve will put as much life into the fly as possible and grab the attention of nearby fish.”

Ticket prices
As I said in the previous info in case you missed it ticket prices haven’t changed for a few years, so I have had to bite the bullet and put them up this year to ensure that the standard of the fishery can continue to improve and so that it will be sustainable in the long term.

New ticket prices:
All tickets include the first fish, which must be killed to ensure regular stock turnover. 10 fish limit on catch and release. Barbless hooks, no boobies.
Standard ticket: catch and release, four hours: £17.50; day ticket £22.50.
Concessions: over 65s, under 18s, students (proof of age required, photo ID for students) £15.00 four hours, £20 day ticket.
Under 18s accompanied by an adult angler paying a standard or concession ticket: each child/young person: £7.50 for four hours, £10.00 for full day. First fish included

Catch and Kill
As above, £5.50 per extra fish

New opening times:
Monday and Tuesday – closed
Wednesday-Sunday: 8am til sunset
Last admission: 2 hours before sunset.

˜Poppy fish”: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Over half the places have gone, so don’t miss out! Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms on www.cwmhedd.co.uk or download at http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events
I’ll also have entry forms at the lodge from this weekend

Address: Croesheolydd Farm, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8RW. 5 mins J 28 M4
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Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 13/07/14

Cwm Hedd Trout

What a difficult week! Anglers have found it nigh on impossible to even tempt the rainbows in the increased water temperature, with Sally-Ann Iles being one of the few to find modest success. Sal took one on a midge tip line and a size 14 mini cat off the main island, with a very slow retrieve and lost another that snapped her line. Dean Griffiths took one on a black buzzer and a floating line, Ken Bowring took two and Mike James took one on a daddy long legs.

I am mildly cheered by reports that conditions are equally difficult in most other fisheries. Those who go fishing just to get away from it all will have a good time. Tea, bonhomie and ice cream available at the lodge. If your day will be ruined if you don’t even get a knock, then stay home and do the garden or all the other DIY jobs you’ve been promising to do on your days off!

TAPP Open day free fly fishing coaching

There has been considerable interest in the open day being organised by Torfaen Angling Participation Project at Cwm Hedd on August 2nd. Free fly fishing coaching for anglers of all ages and abilities will be available on an informal basis. To register your interest please contact Bob Mayers on bmayers@grouse.plus.com so that he can ensure that a sufficient number of coaches are available.

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. We can all look forward to good fishing weather for the November competition: £30 entry fee plus sponsorship.   Over a third of the places have already been taken, so early entry is advised. Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms available at Cwm Hedd lodge or download at   http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events

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Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 7 am -9.45 pm: last admission 6pm (ring if you definitely want to come but can’t make it by 6). Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge: 01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours.

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 29/06/14

Kieron Jenkins' Cwm Hedd Article

Kieron Jenkins’ Cwm Hedd Article

Check out Kieron Jenkins’ article on Cwm Hedd in the July edition of Total Fly fisher http://www.totalflyfisher.com/

TAPP Open day at Cwm Hedd– free fly fishing coaching

Torfaen Angling Participation Project are running an open day at Cwm Hedd on Saturday August 2nd, where free fly fishing coaching for anglers of all abilities will be available on an informal basis – All fly fishing tackle will be supplied and available for all participants to use. All ages and abilities are welcome. To register your interest please contact Bob Mayers on bmayers@grouse.plus.com so that he can ensure that a sufficient number of coaches are available. Bob’s also entered the British Legion comp at Cwm Hedd in November, so that’s another place gone!

This week at Cwm Hedd
The hot days inevitably make for difficult fishing, and like many fly fisheries this has led to a recent reduction in numbers of anglers attending. Every cloud has a silver lining though: low attendance results in stock levels being very good indeed, as well as the rainbows getting plenty of rest.

For those anglers undeterred by the heat, around half are blanking, especially in the daytime, whilst the other half are striking windows of opportunity where the fish turn on, reporting that the fish are still fighting hard and not showing any signs of stress.

The fish are closely monitored and inspections of the fish taken show them to still be in excellent condition, so the usual summer shut down is on hold for the time being, although there may be an adjustment to opening times in the next few weeks.

There are many ups and downs to running a fishery, but one of the biggest pleasures at Cwm Hedd is the camaraderie that exists between anglers, who are always pleased to share tips and discuss tactics. It takes a number of visits to get to know a fishery and Cwm Hedd is no exception, with regular anglers more than happy to advise new customers.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings are generally recommended at the moment, although regular Keith Cox prefers to battle with the day time heat. It just shows that you never can tell for sure when is the best time to come as Keith is the top angler of the week, taking one on each of his two day time visits and returning five. Keith favours an intermediate line and took most on a black and green tadpole, but also had success with an orange blob. Another regular Paul Elsworthy took one and released four early on Saturday on a montana, a black and green daddy and a bloodworm, recommending a very slow retrieve.

Talented young anglers Jacob Mills and Ben Jackson are also regulars, each taking one on damsels and floating lines on Saturday evening, with Jacob returning another on a shipman’s buzzer. Clive Murray took one and released two on a black and green fritz; Ken Bowring took 2 on a small white lure and a sinking line, whilst Sally Ann Iles preferred the Airflo Di-3 sweep and a mini-cat. Just to emphasise that variety is the key, John Belcher opted for an orange shrimp and a floating line, while Michael Collins and Lee Davies each took one on buzzers, Michael on a black buzzer and Lee on a red buzzer with yellow cheeks. Roy Western enjoyed his Sunday evening at Cwm Hedd taking one and returning two on a bloodworm and a floating line from the platform at the tip of the main island.

Tagged fish

The tag fish has still not been caught, so the prize money of £200 is being equally split to fund prizes for the British Legion raffle and the Cwm Hedd Christmas raffle. The additional £251 collected from entries will be donated to Velindre Cancer Centre. Many thanks to all who have participated in the tag fish competition. When anyone catches the tag fish they will now win a refund on their day ticket.

Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 6 am -9.45 pm: last admission 6pm (ring before 5.45 if you definitely want to come but can’t make it by 6). Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge: 01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours. Evening ticket £13.50 available from 5.45pm

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Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 22/06/14

Cwm Hedd Fishing Report 22 June

Cwm Hedd fly fishing report week ending 22nd June – I caught my first rainbow!

As much as we are all generally enjoying the lazy hazy days of summer, day anglers have struggled to catch in the intense sun and heat. Most instead took advantage of the late evening opening on Friday Saturday and Sunday at Cwm Hedd, fishing til sunset and beyond.

Result!

I am delighted to report that on a glorious mid summer’s eve, as the sun dipped towards the horizon, a good dose of beginner’s luck saw me getting a passable cast out and hooking my first rainbow. The site of this surprising and unexpected feat (at 9.10pm) was a platform behind the main island, where a number of rainbows had been rising. I’d like to think I targeted the fish, as I had been attempting to do this with others (probably frightening several away in the process). The truth is that I was so excited by the whole event that my mind has gone completely blank, although I yelled loudly enough when I hooked it to bring John Belcher, Derek Mills and his grandson Jacob running to help with instructions as to how to bring it in without mucking it all up and losing it (many thanks). Derek was ready with the net and John filmed the event unfolding. Later it transpired that the lense cap was still on, so no photographic evidence of my fish-catching debut sorry! With the fish in the net and mission accomplished I asked John to release the fish for me as I was so grateful for its selfless act, the Airflo fly fishing tackle I recently purchased from Fishtec also performed brilliantly.

Thanks also to Sal, who a week or so ago had given me a red bloodworm with an assurance that it would catch me a fish, as indeed it has on its second outing, on a floating line Derek, Jacob, and John had already taken fish so we were a very happy band returning to the lodge. Mike James who had to leave just before the excitement had also taken a fish on an App’s bloodworm, a fly that had brought him 3 fish earlier in the week and others in previous weeks.

Ken Bowring was the top angler of the week, taking 2 and returning 3 on a fast intermediate fly line with a white lure. On his first visit to Cwm Hedd, Terry O’Connor took 2 and released 1 on a diawl bach and a floating line. John Belcher’s evening visits have each brought him fish, on a light brown buzzer, blue shrimp and a stonefly, floating line.

Tip top fish

The fish are still in excellent condition and fighting well; there is an abundance of blue and olive damsels emerging, with floating lines, damsels, buzzers and diawl bachs recommended in the evening; sinking lines and plenty of perseverance recommended in the day.

The Med comes to Cwm Hedd ( ice cream is now available in the lodge)

Weed is under control on the lake, following the introduction of the eco-friendly blue dye (‘Dyofix C Special’) which has turned the lake water a Mediterranean blue and is hard at work suppressing further growth. The platforms in front of the lodge running left around the bay and the main island around to the far bank have been cleared and are all fishable and we can now pull unwanted previous growth out in the shallower areas at a more leisurely place due to the dye. There is a crested grebe nesting off the small island so we’ve had to leave the weed there for the time being so as not to disturb the nest.

Tag fish
Taggy the tag fish is still there, so the £200 tag fish prize is still up for grabs. £1 entry. If no one catches the tag fish by the end of June half the prize money will be put towards raffle prizes for the British Legion comp in November and half towards the Christmas raffle prizes (sounds a bit weird to mention Christmas in June!)

Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 6 am -9.45 pm: last admission 6pm ( but ring if you definitely want to come but can’t make it by 6).

Evening ticket £13.50 Fri/Sat/Sun available from 5.45pm

Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge: 01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours. I might be out on the lake, so ring my mobile if no reply in the lodge.

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 18/06/14

Weed cutting at Cwm Hedd

Weed cutting at Cwm Hedd

With the weather still against the angler throughout the height of the day, it seems the fish have dropped deeper and a full sinking line is proving most useful. Getting your flies down and below the direct sunlight is key when fishing through the day and the fish are probably holding three or four feet down in the sunlight. The best fishing time has been in the early morning and late evening, so for this week Cwm Hedd will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6am – 9.45+pm.  You might find me asleep in the lodge, especially by Sunday.

Fishing until dark is still the ideal time to get the best sport, the last hour of the day is proving fruitful as caenis and buzzers start to return to the water, bringing the fish to the surface once the sun drops below the trees. Try a shipman’s buzzer tweaked across the surface to get most takes.

Top anglers this week were regulars Roger Michael and Keith Cox, who each took one; Roger released a further 6 on a black shipman’s buzzer, while Keith released another four on a cat and a black and green tadpole.  It was great to see Vern Thomas, Matthew Passmore and Clive Sedgebeer from the Fly Fishing in Wales group, who took five fish between them, with Vern taking two and releasing another 3. Clive used a buzzer and a floating line; Matthew found success with an orange blob and an Airflo Sixth Sense Di 3, landing two of his three fish haul within just a few casts once he’d dropped deeper. Vern took his first fish on a cat then 2 on an orange blob, again on a sinking line,  as well as taking a detour up a tree to retrieve a fly he was rewarded by finding someone else’s fly too, abandoned by someone less intrepid!

Regular John Belcher continues his run of success, taking 3 again this week on a light brown buzzer, a blue shrimp and a stonefly on a floating line, demonstrating the necessity to persevere and try out various flies and tactics.

A big thanks to those who have helped to pull out weed lately (see picture above) and keep the majority of the lake fishable, although work on the shallow side of the lake (wading area side) is ongoing.   Blue dye (Dyofix) is being added to the water on Wednesday evening to interrupt photosynthesis and suppress the weed without causing any harm at all.  For more information on this see http://www.dyofix.co.uk/dyofix-how-does-it-work.html  By Friday when the lake has acquired a blue tint we can all pretend we’re on holiday in the Med instead of a few miles from Newport.  Plenty of room for sun loungers.

Tag fish

The £200 tag fish prize is still evading anglers – £1 entry.  The rainbow has a distinctive blue dye mark on its underside, so don’t forget to check!

Fishery Information

Cwm Hedd fly fishing lakes

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Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 6am -9.45 pm:  last admission 6pm. Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge:  01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours.

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 08/06/14

The mix of rain and sun over the week has helped to keep the water temperature down, but the sunny days when they arrive inevitably make fishing conditions more challenging.  Cwm Hedd is fully stocked, and anglers report seeing plenty of fish moving.  Those out to catch fish rather than contemplate the view need to give careful thought to the best fishing time of day and the weather.

The late evening opening til 9.15pm  on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays paid off for John Belcher on Sunday, when John took 3 and returned 4 on a small pale brown buzzer and a floating line tweaked now and again.  John took two on two consecutive casts earlier in the evening taking another one and releasing four as the sun went down and the fish rose all over the lake. Steve Hemmings, on a fast glass intermediate, was one of the anglers who braved the mid- week rain  reporting plenty of offers, taking his two fish (4 and a half pound total weight) on a small olive damsel and a white cat’s whisker with an indigo flash.  New visitor to Cwm Hedd, Matthew Evans, also took his three fish on a white cat’s whisker  and an intermediate fly line, while a diawl bach delivered a smashing 3 and a half pound rainbow to regular Roger Martyn.

Throughout the week conditions have been more than testing with high, bright sunshine sending the fish into deeper water. Kieron Jenkins took advantage one evening to launch his float tube and fish into the deeper water at the centre of the lake, landing two resident rainbow trout – one caught on camera – which were feeding hard on caenis (yes, the fisherman’s curse!). Kieron’s float tube video and blog can be seen here:

Kieron’s tip when targeting caenis feeders is to try and attract the attention to your flies, there can literally be hundreds of caenis on the surface and without any temptation the fish will happily ignore your offerings and keep feeding hard! Kieron used a shuttle cock buzzers with a pearl butt which he gently tweaked in front of rising fish to cause an aggravated reaction.

Tag fish

The £200 tag fish prize is still up for grabs – £1 entry.  The rainbow has a distinctive blue dye mark on its underside, so angler need to remember to check before releasing any fish!

Fishery Information

Bassaleg Newport NP10 8RW

5 minutes from J 28 M4

www.cwmhedd.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/cwmheddlakes

Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 7am -9.15 pm:  last admission 6pm.

Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge:  01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours, although I may be out on the lake, so please ring my mobile if no reply at the lodge.

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 03/06/14

Cwm Hedd Lake

Weather conditions have been much better this week, the more overcast weather with scattered showers earlier in the week providing good fishing conditions. Cwm Hedd is brim-full of Exmoor Fisheries hard fighting rainbows that are enjoying the relatively cool summer so far.

Whatever floats your boat

Anglers are enjoying the late opening til 9.15pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Welsh international angler Kieron Jenkins, a regular at Cwm Hedd, took his float tube out on the seven acre lake on one such evening. Kieron noted that the fish are feeding very high in the water:  the slow head and tail rises indicate that the trout are cruising just below the surface steadily picking buzzers from the surface film. Kieron used a two-fly cast strung together with 6lb co-polymer nylon, with a shuttlecock buzzer on the point and shipman’s buzzer on the dropper. In just a few hours on the float tube Kieron caught seven rainbows, three to the red shipman’s on the dropper, but as the light faded, the shuttlecock took the rest.Kieron Jenkins Float Tubing

The Shipman.s buzzer has been favoured by many other anglers, such as the week’s top anglers Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn, who each took one and returned nine and seven on the Shipman’s and a floating fly line. Huw Davies chose a Griffith’s gnat and an olive emerger, taking one and returning 6, while Graham Davies favoured a hare’s ear to take one and return 3. Using different tactics Keith Cox took one and returned 3 on a black and green tadpole and an intermediate line.

Kieron’s top tips:

De-grease your leader regularly as the fish are line shy in flat calm conditions. When playing lively fish, try and keep the rod to the side to increase the tension on the line and keep everything tight. This works extremely well at Cwm Hedd as the hard fighting fish have a tendency to jump when hooked. When the fish jumps the tension on the line/hook will slacken, allowing the hook to be thrown.

Flies to use at Cwm Hedd

Biggest fish of the month

No one managed to top Kieron’s four and three quarter pounder in May, but on his first visit to Cwm Hedd William Edwards got June off to a good start taking a cracking 4 pound rainbow on a bloodworm, returning another 3 on bloodworm and an orange egg fly (photo on facebook).  Plenty of bigger rainbows have been seen and are there for the taking.

Net that £200 tag fish!

The tag fish is still evading capture, but Velindre Cancer Centre is benefiting from the tardiness of the elusive rainbow. So far nearly £170 has been collected for Velindre on top of the £200 that will be scooped by one lucky angler!

‘Poppy fish’: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms available at Cwm Hedd lodge or download at http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events

Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm last admission 3pm; Fri/Sat/Sun 7am -9.15 pm:  last admission 6pm. Tel 07813 143 034 or (during fly fishing opening hours) lodge:  01633 896854 Directions on www.cwmhedd.co.uk  https://www.facebook.com/cwmheddlakes

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 25/05/14

Cwm Hedd Fishery Report 25/05/14

Cwm Hedd had been fully stocked for the bank holiday with hard fighting fish from Exmoor fisheries.  Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm, last admission 2pm; Fri/Sat/Sun and bank holiday Monday 26th May: 7am -9.15 pm:  last admission 5pm

Please remember that if early anglers have left by the last admission times then the gates will be closed.

Tel 07813 143 034 or (during fly fishing opening hours) lodge:  01633 896854

Sunshine, thunder and lightning, hail, rain, rain/sun, rain/sun/rain etc etc must be summer!  The contrary weather has made for difficult fishing at times: on Wednesday anglers struggled in the bright sunshine and climbing temperatures, then the return to monsoon conditions for the rest of the week tempted only the stalwarts or the stir-crazy.  Top anglers were Lee Ashcroft, Roger Martyn and John Belcher, with John taking two and returning 3 on suspended buzzers and a floating line, while Roger and Lee each took one and returned 4 on an emerger (Roger) and a hare’s ear nymph (Lee).

When fish are showing Ken Bowring recommends black emerger patterns, hook size 14 and 12 fished in the surface film; when fish are not showing, buzzers are worth a try. In flat calm go right down and fish very slow.

It was a pleasure to welcome visitors from further afield: better luck next time to New Yorker David Peraino who did his best to outwit the Cwm Hedd rainbows that cruised past and spurned all David’s offerings; Tristan Vratil from Chicago fared better to take one on a hare’s ear and a floating line. Liverpudlian John Macdonald, on a combined rugby and fishing holiday, was delighted to take one and release two on a buzzer and a floating line and will be equally delighted to see his name in print! We hope all will return on their next trip to Wales.

Photos on facebook are of John Belcher and Jack Webb (together in a pic with their fish) John Macdonald and Paul Jones in individual pics with their fish. Also one drenched angler caught in one of Thursdays downpours, although he’s unrecognisable in all the waterproof fishing clothing!

£200 tag fish still for the taking £1 entry: will someone please catch it!!!

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Cash prizes totalling £215.00.  Entry forms available at Cwm Hedd lodge or download at  http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events

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Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report 18/05/14

Cwm Hedd Fishery Report

A beautiful Cwm Hedd rainbow caught on a cat’s whisker

How is Cwm Hedd fishing?

The roller coaster weather in the last few week has made it all the fun of the fair for anglers, who have rummaged through fly boxes and more obscure places in the quest to find flies to tempt the fickle rainbows. The soaring temperatures on the weekend mainly brought out the sun cream and hats (plus a mellow rendition of Summertime drifted across the lake at one point), but on Friday it was a damsel, cat, black buzzer, a bloodworm, an orange lure and a bucket load of experience that brought top anglers of the week Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn 19 rainbows between them:  Ken on an intermediate line and Roger alternating an intermediate with a floating fly line.

Other top anglers of the week were Colin Cox and Dave Eckett, Colin taking two and releasing 5 on a bloodworm and Dave taking one and releasing 5, also on a bloodworm; Paul West and Lee Ashcroft each took one and released four, Paul on a gold buzzer and floating line, Lee on a hare’s ear, diawl bach and a tadpole on a mini tip fly line. Paul Elsworthy and Alan Powell each took one and released three and one respectively on a bloodworm and mini montana, each angler on a floating line. John Belcher took 3 over two visits and released one on a spider and floating line, then a cat and intermediate line. Keith Cox took one and released one on an intermediate line and a black and green tadpole. Early morning or evening fishing is advisable, or a bit of both with a long siesta at the lodge in between!

£200 tag fish still for the taking

Still evading capture is the wily £200 tag fish, the £1 entry is going to make one angler very happy any time soon.  Still, while the tag fish is still out there the donation that will be going to Velindre Cancer Centre is growing and is now over £100

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Nearly a quarter of the places have already been taken, so early entry is very important if you don’t want to miss out. Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms available at Cwm Hedd lodge or download at  http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events

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Open Wed/Thurs 7am-5pm, last admission 2pm; Extended hours for bank holiday weekend: Fri/Sat/Sun, plus bank holiday Monday 26th May 7am -9.15 pm:  last admission 5pm

I’m considering being open Thursday evening this week (in the words of Joan Armatrading ‘I’m open to persuasion’):  ring me on Thursday afternoon to check, or let me know beforehand if you definitely want to fish that evening.

If early anglers have left by the last admission times then the gates will be closed, so don’t be late or it will make you very grumpy when you can’t fish!

Tel 07813 143 034 or lodge during fly fishing opening hours:  01633 896854

Or visit the website : http://www.cwmhedd.co.uk/