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.