Overall it’s been a cracking week at Cwm Hedd, with a hundred per cent catch rate Thursday-Saturday. Another hundred fish were delivered by Exmoor Fisheries on Friday, including a smattering of blues so the stock levels are excellent, with another top up coming soon. For those of you in need of more good cheer, the four hour ticket is now a five hour ticket, which will give you more time to find the fish and settle in for some good fishing.
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Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014.
Even if you are not fishing the comp feel free to come along to the lodge with your nearest and dearest from 10am, where tea/coffee and cakes will be available for purchase via donation, with profit going to the British Legion. Any contribution to the raffle or cake table will be gratefully received.
Please contact me if you would like to come along and help in the lodge or with the comp.
Places are still available in the comp, but you need to enter soon to be sure of a place: £30 entry fee plus sponsorship. Free bacon roll, tea/coffee on arrival for competitors. Cash prizes totalling £215.00. Entry forms at the lodge or on www.cwmhedd.co.uk or download at http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/wales/events
Top anglers this week
One of this weeks top anglers was regular Ken Bowring, back to full form, taking one and retuning nine in less than three hours on a cats whisker and an intermediate line. Ken recommends short strips or fast figure of eights. Others on catch and release and also reaching their 10 fish total limit were Kens long time friend Roger Martyn (who also hooked a fabulous blue on a cats whisker and intermediate line); Roger Jones found success on a pink blob (floating line), Luke Thomas chose an olive lure (intermediate line), Graham Davies dazzled with a black and green fritz while Ken Pascoe scooped his limit on a diawl bach.
Plenty of others on catch and release took one and returned four or more, such as Bill Williams (daddy-long-legs), Lee Ashcroft (damsel, orange blob), Russell Evans (goldhead cats whisker), Rob Collier (black buzzer) and Ian Oxley.
Ian’s comment on facebook was very welcome: ‘great sport at Cwm Hedd today most [anglers] fishing in the morning but I had a very good session in the afternoon with seven fish all taken on a floating line with 12 ft leader and using damsel nymphs and had my largest fish all over 2.75 lb on an orange hopper. Almost all the fish were no deeper than two foot down and their condition was excellent and all fought well and returned apart from the first one as fishery rules -a policy I welcome as it stops fish becoming hookshy as many people now practice c&r’
Not surprisingly Sunday was the most difficult day with the pesky wind causing problems, so most anglers chose more clement days where they could more easily fish their favourite platforms and the hotspots, mainly the far bank and the main island, but also the bay and behind the main island.
Windswept and interesting
One Sunday afternoon angler on his second visit of the week was Wales International Kieron Jenkins. Morning anglers had struggled with the wind and opted mainly for more sheltered platforms, so there were some inevitable blanks. Kieron would probably have a go at fishing in a hurricane and at 3.15pm he headed straight for the far bank where the wind was at its worst and of course where the fish were to be found. Kieron had already taken one and released two when I rang him to ask if he could take another four for family who fancied taking a rainbow home for tea. By 5pm, Kieron had caught them all (on a black and green lure and an Airflo 40+ Intermediate fly line) and had also gutted and filleted them, so with five taken and two returned it was a great finale to the week.
It’s all in the planning
Others have also been in the right place at the right time for some speedy catching: on Wednesday, Terry Williams took five rainbows in under 2 hours on a cats whisker, orange fritz and a black fritz.
It’s always good to see new faces alongside the regulars: Andy Gill took one and returned two on a small damsel and a slow glass. Shane Malson and David Price each took one (cats whisker and black daddy); young Kieron Martin gave dad Peter a hand to take one rainbow on a cats whisker and novice angler Gareth Neale took one on a blob on an intermediate line. Congratulations to another novice angler Dan McGhee – who took his first rainbow this week in quite tricky weather conditions. Dan was on the tip of the main island, using a cats whisker and a floating line.
It was also a pleasure to welcome legendary rod builder Owen Caudle this week, fishing Cwm Hedd for the first time. Owen took three rainbows on goldhead cats whiskers and intermediate lines, saying that the fish had obviously ‘had their Weetabix’!
I’m hoping to get some angling development sorted out, with my thoughts being that the following might be of interest/benefit, but let me know if there is anything else, so I can plan, as it needs to come from what you anglers or budding anglers want!:
Taster/beginner sessions (juniors)
Taster/beginner sessions (adults)
Novice development for juniors
Novice development for adults
Master classes e.g casting general/casting into the wind/ fly tying
This is in the very early stages of planning, so I don’t have any details, dates or cost yet. I’m hoping to provide some free or at a minimal cost on a non-profitmaking basis though.
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday closed; Wednesday-Sunday: 8am til sunset; last admission: 2 hours before sunset. We’ve got one of those widget things on our web site now that tells you the sunset times for Cwm Hedd; I’ll see if we can get one that does the weather and wind speed as well. By next Sunday sunset will be 4.45pm, so last admission will be 2.45pm from Wednesday-Sunday this week.