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

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