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

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