Big Fish at Cwm Hedd!

I can’t say that fishing has been easy as Cwm Hedd has never been an easy lake, except on those occasional days when the fish hurl themselves onto hooks in droves whatever fly your using. I can say with certainty though that the lake is full of rainbows 2.25-3lbs with a decent number of bigger fish including the browns that have been putting in an appearance over the last few weeks as can be seen below. The range of flies and methods are as eclectic as the anglers at Cwm Hedd, which makes for very lively discussion and good natured debate in the lodge and on the bank, and part of the challenge and satisfaction is finding what works best for you.

After some shocking weather this week the weekend was a belter at Cwm Hedd Lakes – with three brilliant fish coming out in one day, all Troutmasters entries: Callum Russell with a 5lb rainbow, caught on his new Airflo Super Stik fly fishing rod which he had for his 12th birthday on Saturday.

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Keith Higgins with a 6lb 10oz brown trout which put up an exceptional fight on just 6lb tippet, caught on a fast intermediate and a damsel pattern, a fly which has proved successful at Cwm Hedd for quite some time.

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…And finally Kieron Jenkins with this great rainbow trout 1oz shy of 7lbs hooked at full range and taken on a hot head Sunburst blob fished 4 foot under an AirLock Strike Indicator on an Airflo Super Dri Lake Pro floating line. Kieron also took one and released five on Saturday as a warm up for Sunday.

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Luke Thomas and Mark Southward took one and released three, Mark on a goldhead montana, Luke on a green blob with an apple green head, fishing three feet down around the back of the island.

David Davies took one and released one on a black and white buzzer and a floating line; also on a buzzer and a floating line. Over two visits, consistent angler Ken Pascoe took two and returned five. Aside from the beautiful brown taken by Keith Higgins on Sunday, Keith also took one and released three rainbows earlier in the week, on a damsel and intermediate.

Paul Elsworthy also took one and returned three on a small black nymph and ghost-tip, Mike Mckeown took two on a black and green fritz and an intermediate. Mike Collis, Matthew Russell, Barry Curtis, Graham Davies and Paul Collet all took fish, with Barrie taking a cracking 3lb 6 oz rainbow to the delight of his 6yr old son Cole who was on his first fishing trip with dad. John Belcher’s pink spider and floating line brought him a rainbow, while Terry Bromwell and Sion Lewis each took one, both on damsels and floating lines, Sion releasing another two and Terry another one.

Terry very patiently helped me to practice my casting and I have decided that I must put in far more effort and learn more instead of faffing about and moaning that I am cold, as I am wont to do. It will be thermal knickers for me from now on, as being a fair weather angler just won’t do. I have also turned over a new leaf in respect of doing more things for myself, such as setting up my rod and tying my own fly on for a change instead of pretending I’m helpless and asking someone else to do it – what a wimp! I have made a start by cleaning my line and getting it all back onto my rod – a minor triumph.

Ken Bowring is making a very good recovery and I hope to see him and Roger Martyn at the lodge this week for a cuppa. I hope Bob Mayers is also making good progress, as well as anyone else who is poorly or just feeling that January is getting them down. My best wishes to Gary from Big Well fishery who is recovering from a recent illness. Spring is around the corner, so there will be some good times to come it just doesn’t always seem like it when things get rough.

January – cheer-up ticket offer
On the subject of January blues, if you have fished at Cwm Hedd since October 2014, bring a new angler along and get your ticket on the day for half price (either a 5 hour or day ticket). The angler you bring to experience the delights of Cwm Hedd must not have fished here before and must be paying at least a £15 concession or £17.50 five hour ticket.

Leek and Potato Soup Saga
Sally Ann Iles challenged me to a leek and potato soup competition last weekend, then promptly forgot to bring hers. Sal is adamant that she is going to bring hers next weekend: too late Sal – I won! Gotta be in it to win it!

Bridge update
Hubs Chris and son Tom have decided that the old bridge suffered too much buffeting from its unexpected cruise across the lake last week and have been busy working on the construction of a new bridge. Their design is interesting to say the least – Brunel might have been impressed even though he would have recommended iron. The new bridge is being constructed on land and they have yet to work out how they are going to get it into the water. I will have my camera to hand and will be selling tickets for the event.

Events and competitions
Speaking of events, you can look forward to several events and competitions over the next year in addition to the British Legion Poppy fish and the Boxing Day comp. the line-up of events begins with the Welsh International Coaching Day, on Saturday 21st February. The fundraising event is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team and is for anglers of all abilities – from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales- international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.
There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge). Booking forms are available at the lodge and on the event facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/543578475778926/ , or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: lisaangelahole@aol.com

Iain Barr Bank Masters – sponsored by Airflo I haven’t had the opportunity to confirm the details yet, but I’m very pleased that one of the heats for the above event is provisionally going to be held at Cwm Hedd on 22nd March 2015. In the meantime, for general information, visit http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/.

WSTAA 2nd Bank trial
The 2015 draft calendar is available for the WSTAA bank trials and I am again very pleased that Cwm Hedd is part of this, with the second trial to be held at Cwm Hedd in January 2016 – date to be confirmed.

Gwyn Williams Memorial competition
In memory of my lovely brother, the competition will be held in April or May this year, and I will confirm the date in the next week or two. As it will be a fundraiser I want to keep the entry cost down, so will probably go with the same format as the Boxing Day comp ie release up to ten fish and take one: the four anglers with the heaviest fish winning a day ticket each. If anyone would like to sponsor a further prize/prizes then please let me know, but the aim is for this to be an informal comp with the emphasis on having a good day with friends. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship and I think the sponsorship will be donated to Help For Heroes as this is a charity that Gwyn supported and thought very highly of. I’ll sort the entry forms, details and date in the next week or two.

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Fly Fishing Video at Cwm Hedd

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Leaping Trout at Cwm Hedd Lakes

Wet, wild and windy
A wild and windy week kept many of you at home this week, so I hope you’ve cracked on with the DIY with a smile on your face instead of staring gloomily out of the window and biting everyone’s heads off. Just console yourself by thinking of all the fishing you’ll be able to catch up on when the weather settles down. Another stock of rainbows and a tag fish were delivered by Exmoor Fisheries last Friday so they are just waiting for you all to be able to get out and about again.

I love mad anglers
Although anglers have inevitably been very thin on the ground a big thank you to those of you who were mad enough to brave the atrocious conditions and deliver some fishing highlights along with your good humour. Ken Pascoe took one and returned five on a rubber-legged daddy and a floating fly line. Also on a floating line Craig Bowles took one and returned five on a bloodworm and cats whisker s, while Mike James took three and returned four over two visits, on Ken’s emerger (ie Ken Pascoe) and an egg fly. Matthew Russell took one and returned four on a blob under an indicator and a cats whisker, while Lee Ashcroft took one and returned three on a hothead damsel and an intermediate line. Arron Atkin, Richard Harris, Mike Mckeown, Dave Smith and Stewart Woodfield all took one on various flies: cats whisker, white dome head, montana and a new one to me: ‘Dennis the Menace’.

Captured on camera
Kieron Jenkins took one and released one on a tequila blob under a bung in less than an hour, capturing a fabulous image of one leaping out of the water ‘a must see’ image which is the new cover shot on our facebook page (and above). The image was taken via a camera built into glasses, manufactured by Pivothead and worn by Kieron who was trying them out for the first time on a setting that took one image every three seconds (I think). Sally Ann Iles also tried out the glasses and has a potential new career as Cwm Hedd’s ‘roving reporter’ as she raced to capture Luke Thomas on video as he brought in a fish using the aptly named ‘spermy worm’ under an indicator. Sal’s in very professional commentator mode and Luke is a star. He also released another five on a 40+ floating line.

Get well soon!
I’m sure you will be very sorry to hear that Ken Bowring has suffered burns from a chip pan fire. I have kept in touch with him and he is making a steady recovery. There is a get well card at the lodge, which will be there for this week if you would like to sign it and we all hope he will be back fishing soon.
There is also a card for you to sign for Bob Mayers, who is laid up with a broken femur, so a very speedy recovery is wished for you too Bob.

Now you see it
I had one of those ‘elephant in the room’ moments on Saturday, having been at the lodge for at least an hour and not noticed that the bridge to the main island had gone! Not gone from the lake (that would indeed have been an ingenious theft): the bolts attaching it to each bank had sheared in the high winds and it’ taken itself for a sabbatical in the wading area, accompanied by a canoe. I’m sure they will enjoy the change of scene. Amazingly it is still upright (it’s on polystyrene floats) and doesn’t seem to have suffered any damage, so when the weather sorts itself out we’ll tow it aback around and give it some TLC.

Welsh International Coaching Day, Saturday 21st February ‘Fly fish with the best Less than six weeks to go! Cwm Hedd is the venue for this fundraising event, which is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team. The event is for anglers of all abilities ‘from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales’ international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.

There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge).

Booking forms will be available at the lodge from this week and will soon be available to download from our web site www.cwmhedd.co.uk . Information is available at the lodge, on the event facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/543578475778926/, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: lisaangelahole@aol.com

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Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm) That’s all for now ‘hope to see you when the weather improves!

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report Jan 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

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Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday: closed; Wednesday – Sunday 8am-4pm; last admission 2pm. Gates closed at 4.15.

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Brown trout – biggest fish for January (and probably for some time) goes to Graham Davies who was ecstatic to hook a resident brown trout at around 10lbs in weight. The fish took a green and black fritz and an Airflo intermediate fly line, off the small island and in front of the lodge. Big congratulations to Graham, who of course returned the fabulous brown that had put up a very good fight. Graham also took a rainbow and released another two rainbows so had a great few hours out.

Please remember to use barbless hooks at all times and to return all brownies. They are few and far between, but aside from the 5 browns between 5 and 6lbs stocked recently, there is a smattering of resident browns and rainbows of various sizes. The newly stocked browns have already put in an appearance with Luke Taylor being one of the lucky anglers to hook one last week, as did Phil cotton in the boxing day comp.

With a fair bit of rain and cold weather over the last week we’ve seen the water temperature drop a couple of degrees, seemingly forcing the fish to become somewhat slower, and trying to provoke a take with a fly fished quickly doesn’t seem to be the way forward, as a number of anglers have discovered, leaving with empty nets. The bung or indicator method has produced the best bags over the past week and presenting your fly dead static at a constant depth is possibly the way forward. Using this method Kieron Jenkins brought eight fish to the bank over two days using a sunburst blob fished just 3ft under the bung and Sally Ann Iles took one and released 6, deciding to try something different on New Year’s Day.

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Roy Western on his first visit of the week took one and released 5 on various blobs, a floating and sink-tip line. Lee Ashcroft also took one and released 5 on a black hopper and a ghost-tip. Mike James and Brian Haynes each took one and released 3, Mike on an emerger, a black blob and a humungous switching between a floating and an intermediate line.   Brian’s fish were taken on a diawl bach and small buzzers on a floating line. On his first of two visits this week, Ken Pascoe also took one and released 3 on an emerger and a floating line. Dave Marshall took one on an orange and white dancer, while Phil Harper had success with a buzzer, Tom Pitchford took one and John Viggers took one on a mini-cat.

Stock delivery – tag fish included

Although there is an excellent head of fish in the lake, a further top-up of rainbows and a tag fish are on order from Exmoor Fisheries for delivery this week. I am also planning to stock more brownies some time in the next month so watch this space!

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday: closed; Wednesday – Sunday 8am-4pm; last admission 2pm. Gates closed at 4.15.

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Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm) Happy New Year and tight lines everyone.

Linda

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report End of November

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fishery Report

Platform courtesy

Most anglers have their favourite platforms or would like an opportunity to fish the current ‘hotspots’ and it’s difficult to know the best way to reach a compromise, especially when some platforms are fishing particularly well. For the next few weeks, to be fair and courteous to all please move off a platform after you have taken/released four fish and return only if no one else wants to fish that particular platform, and we’ll see how that works.

No bags/tackle to be left on platforms

Continuing the theme of courtesy, if you leave a platform eg to come up to the lodge for a cup of tea, please do not leave any items on or around the platform.   There is plenty of room between platforms to leave tackle if you don’t wish to bring it up to the lodge during a break, but remember that all items are left at your own risk.

Bag checking

All bags/tackle boxes will be checked on every visit as I have realised recently that not to check everyone’s makes it difficult to check anyone’s, and I am sure you appreciate the dilemma. Please also remember not to return to the car park at any time without calling at the lodge first, so that I can frisk you en route!   Calling at the lodge is also very important as I need to be sure that everyone is accounted for.

How’s it fishing this week?

Firstly, I must have had a senior moment last week as I forgot to include Mike James’s catch in last week’s report: Mike took four cracking rainbows home for various family members. One fish was taken on a humungus and intermediate line and three on a small black daddy , floating line.

The east wind persisted until Sunday, when it couldn’t quite make its mind up, switching between east and west, interspersed with periods of flat calm on a very warm and bright day which saw many anglers leaving with empty nets. Those few who caught had to work very hard, with the late afternoon brining success to Luke Thomas, who took one and released three on a bloodworm and a floating line. John Turner on his first visit this season took one on a goldhead damsel with a floating line, while Alastair Denness took one on a black buzzer and a floating line, estimating that the fish were about three feet down.   Christian Jones on his second visit this week took a superb rainbow weighing 5lb 10oz, another Troutmasters entry, taken on a white nomad and a floating line, releasing another on a pink blob.

Exmoor Stock delivery

While Sunday was extremely difficult the previous days had been mixed in terms of fish taken and returned. After a slowish day on Wednesday with the lake quite calm and only the occasional light east wind, about half took fish. The delivery of 50 cracking rainbows (from 2.25 – 3lbs) from Exmoor Fisheries livened up proceedings with the majority of anglers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday taking and returning fish.

Over two visits Ken Bowring took 2 and released 19 on a bloodworm and a cats whisker and a red legged daddy, on a full floating line as well as an intermediate line, entering a 5lb 12oz rainbow for Troutmasters. Also over two visits Roger Martyn took two and released 11 on a bloodworm, a black gnat and a cats whisker. Ted Lyons took four on a bloodworm and intermediate while Craig Bowles took one and released four on a mini-cat, with a diawl bach on a dropper and intermediate line,  three rainbows in front of the lodge and two on the far bank.

Gareth West also entered Troutmasters with a 4lb 6oz rainbow taken on a black and green fritz and a floating line. Mike Porteous took one on a cat and intermediate, Colin Cox, Terry Griffiths and Roger Andrews each took one on a bloodworm, floating line; Keith Higgins took one and released one on a damsel and intermediate off the main island platform; Dave Eckett took one on a cats whisker floating line; Dave Smith took one and release 1 on a damsel and a cats whisker, sink-tip line; Garry Collins took one on a daddy and a floating line.

Tony Hemming took one and released one on a diawl bach floating line; John Hefferman took three on an orange goldhead floating line; Garry Wharton took one and released 5 on a yellowhead damsel and three on a jungle cock diawl bach; Russell Barry took one and release two on a green nomad and a diawl bach; Mike Mckeown took two in the main bay and released one on a tadpole.

Plenty of fish were moving on Saturday, which turned out to be a lovely mild and quite sunny day especially late in the afternoon. The east wind blowing towards the lodge is not the best direction for good fishing at Cwm Hedd, but it pushed the food and the fish to the front of the lake where those confident enough to fish into the wind had considerable success. A range of flies and fly lines were used including a few new to me, such as the zobble and zulu, employed by John Belcher and Wales international Sally Ann Iles. Sal took two and released two on the zobble, fishing off the man island as well as behind it. John took one when he fished the zobble dry, while his pheasant tail zulu brought him another.

Regular Rob Collier and son Tom had a great few hours: Rob took one and released 3 on a cats whisker and a black fritz intermediate line, while Tom took one and released eight on a mini cat, and a black montana with a floating line. Most were brought to the bank on the main island, but Rob also took two of his in the bay where he stream enter the lake.

Paul Elsworthy took one and released two on a cats whisker ghost-tip line, while friend Alan Powell took one and released three on a green cats whisker and a midge tip line.Huw Davies and Chris Jones found the near bank in front of the lodge and the far side of the island productive, with Huw taking one and releasing four on a hopper with a floating line and a damsel and intermediate line. On his first visit, Christian Jones (from Aberdare) took one and released three on a pink blob and a floating line.

Competitions and events

Boxing Day comp: £20 (NB pre entry required – enter at the lodge)

8am- 4pm, arrive any time before 11am.Entry includes bacon roll, tea/coffee/cake.   Release up to ten fish and take one out of the ten. The four anglers with the heaviest fish will each win a Cwm Hedd day ticket (one prize per entry).

Coaching event – Wales Teams fundraiser

The event is for anglers of all abilities from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales international anglers: adults £15 per hour, juniors £10 per hour, with all proceeds going towards funding various Welsh angling teams who really need our support. There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on etc (no charge for activities in the lodge).

Cwm Hedd vouchers

Cwm Hedd day ticket vouchers are available for purchase from the lodge

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Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report – How’s it fishing?

Cwm Hedd - How's it Fishing

How’s it fishing?

Cwm Hedd continues to fish extremely well indeed, with 55 anglers taking advantage of the good weather conditions this week in between the not so fine days and the Wales v Australia rugby international (but we won’t say any more about the latter other than you should have come fishing instead!)

Stock Management

More Exmoor fisheries stock are being delivered this week, so there will be many many extra fish for the competition as well as for day anglers.

Ten out of ten!

There were very few blanks over the week, with a number of regular anglers as well as those new to Cwm Hedd reaching their limit on catch and release, such as Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn, Kieron Jenkins, Rob Collier, Tom Collier, Jason Williams, Adam Taylor, Andrew Lewis (see videos of Andrew on our Facebook page), Bill Williams and Matthew Russell. Matthew’s son Callum is a very good young angler: on his second visit Callum again took one rainbow, this time returning four on an orange blob.

Hot spots

The far side of the main island, the bay and of course the far bank opposite the lodge have fished very well and are the most popular fishing spots, with the wading area also holding plenty of fish. Anglers have also had success on the tip of the main island and the platforms along the island bank. It seems at the moment that anywhere is worth a shot, so make hay while the sun shines!

Flies and Fly Lines

A variety of flies have been working very well such as damsel, cats whisker, black and green tadpole, black and green fritz, white fritz, orange blob, bloodworm, fluff cat, black and white nomad, nymphs, brown/orange/red /black daddy – all the fun of the fair in fact. Mainly intermediate fly lines have been used this week because of the cooler weather although plenty of success on floating lines in varying weather conditions.

Cwm Hedd Trout Fishing

The latest installment in Linda’s fly fishing adventures I happily confess to be a fair weather angler (and very much a novice). Late on Wednesday afternoon when the sun was shining and barely a breath of wind on the lake I decided it would be a good time to practise my casting, so armed with my lovely Airflo Delta Classic rod given to me by Ken Bowring I decided to join Roger Martyn and Terry Griffiths over on the other side of the main island (I’m definitely not at the stage where I can be let loose on my own).

The fly I had on was red with lots of legs “I think an apps bloodworm). We will never know unless someone catches the rainbow that quickly took it and hared off across the water. I shrieked of course, but I did remember to get the rod tip up and let the line out (intermediate). Roger probably being kind, but assures me that I was doing a half tidy job of playing the fish, which was extremely strong and looked to be quite big. It obviously knew that a bungling amateur was in control though, as it turned over and snapped my line, waving bye bye with a sarcastic flip of it’s tail.

Not to be defeated, Roger and Terry sorted out another fly for me, this time a black rubber-legged daddy, and sorted out my leader too, which had snapped at a knot (school girl error). By now plenty of fish were rising for some front row entertainment. I was so excited as there were lots of knocks and taps, so any attempt at style had gone out of the window. I lost one fish, but then another finally took pity on me, taking the fly and allowing me to bring it to the bank (with instruction from Roger and Terry of course). Hurrah! The rainbow looked to be about two and a half pounds, but the photo of it in the net and under the water made it look more the size of a minnow! Anyway, I am very grateful to it, and to Roger and Terry, it made my day!

Boxing Day

I have decided to open on Boxing Day for you to try out all those lovely fly fishing presents you will no doubt be receiving! Details in next week’s newsletter.

New faces

Nice to see Josh Williams back at Cwm Hedd with his six friends from Quakers yard. Josh fished Cwm Hedd as a young angler, returning yesterday to take one and release two on a white montana and a white cat on a floating line. Friends Daniel Andrews, Gavin Gwynne, James Hawley, Chris Thomas, Ashley Richards and Adam Taylor had a great day, taking 5 fish and returning 23 between them.

It was also a pleasure to meet Jason Williams and Ken Roberts who ventured up to Cwm Hedd on one of the quietest days of the week when the weather turned out to be far better than the forecast. I hadn’t heard of a fluff cat before, but it definitely worked for Jason and Ken, each taking two and returning 14 rainbows between them, both on intermediate lines. Regular Ken Pascoe had a good day too taking one and returning 8, as did Roy Western the day before and Lee Ashcroft the day before that!

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Competition

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014.

Less than a week to go – a few places left so call at the lodge from Wednesday this week to enter: there may be a couple of places left on the day but I can’t guarantee it.

Aside from the cash prizes the winner will have a glass trophy to keep, plus a fabulous leaping trout sculpture crafted by John Belcher (Earthbound Ceramics) to be returned next year (so one taken one returned!). The life-size ceramic sculpture, which has been very generously donated by John, is of a two and a half pound rainbow caught by him at Cwm Hedd, so is very special indeed. I’ve seen a photograph of work in progress and it is absolutely stunning – keep an eye on our facebook page this week for a photo of the finished work.

Thank you also to those who have generously donated towards the raffle so far, including anglers Mike James, Jim Mckay, Kieron Jenkins and Roger Martyn. All prizes gratefully received!

The lodge will be open to all 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.

Comp entry: £30 in advance (three fish ticket), plus sponsorship: sponsor money to be brought on the day. 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

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!

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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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