Fly Fishing Coaching with International Anglers

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fundraiser

If you’re in the south Wales area and are looking for some fly fishing tuition, call along to Cwm Hedd Lakes on 21st February where a selection of top Welsh International anglers will be on hand for casting tuition, fly tying demonstrations and fly fishing talk.

All proceeds of the event will go towards raising funds for the 2015 Welsh Ladies International team. The Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association (WSTAA) is the governing body for game angling in Wales and Cwm Hedd is pleased to be supporting the WSTAA by hosting this fly fishing coaching event.

The event is ideal for anglers of all abilities – from complete beginners through to experienced anglers – who are looking to hone in a specific technique or learn the basics of fly fishing.

The cost of coaching will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s and students, with all proceeds from coaching going towards team funding.

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

To book a coaching session, download an entry form from the Cwm Hedd Events page

Cwm Hedd Event Coaches

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing Report 27th January

Big cwm hedd Brown trout

The water temperature is a chilly four degrees, so with optimum water temperature for catching being 6-12 degrees there’s no surprise that the fish are not very active. To Rob Collier’s delight an 8lb brown trout put in an appearance though, caught and returned by Rob on the far bank on a damsel and intermediate. Rob released another, while son Tom also took and released one. During the week, Keith Higgins also caught and released a brown that he thought was around 3-3 and a half pounds, which is great news as that must be another resident rather than a stock fish. Keith also took a rainbow and returned two on a damsel and an Airflo intermediate Fly Lines.

Paul Elsworthy, Graham Davies, Rob Mien, Ken Pascoe, Vernon Williams, Matthew Russell Barrie Powell all took fish this week, with Vernon on a little black buzzer and a floating line, Ken on a black daddy and sink tip, Rob on a Dawsons olive, floating line and Graham on a damsel and intermediate. Matthew Russell took one and returned six on a sunburst blob and a floating line.

I was very pleased to see Jason Williams and Max Williams at Cwm Hedd this week and their good humour brightened up a dull and damp day. Jason has a cumbersome cast on his leg, so we found a chair for him and despite his frustrations at having to sit down for most of the time, his impressive casting and angling skills were a joy to watch. Jason took one and released six on damsels and buzzers and a floating line, even though he had to put up with me taking photographs and yacking to him. As Earnest Hemingway apparently said in the days before electronic communication took over the world: Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. Max took one and released two, on a diawl bach, damsel and buzzer, and a floating line.

Cheer Up Ticket

Take advantage of the Cheer up ticket at Cwm Hedd
Anglers have already taken advantage of the January ‘cheer-up ticket’, so find a friend who’s been thinking of coming along and you can bag a bargain. New to Cwm Hedd this week, Jo Thomas from Blackwood came back for a second visit this week with his two brothers Sean and Matthew, and had his own five hour ticket for £8.75, as did Tim Wellman from Bristol who brought friend Mark Miles, so happy days! A keen salmon angler Jo is very happy to have found us to take his mind off the interminable wait for the salmon season to begin. All took fish on a range of flies – humungous and olive cat the choice of Jo, Sean and Matthew, while it was snakes for Tim and Mark. To remind you of the offer in case you had a nana nap when you read the report last week: 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.

Cwm Hedd regular Luke Thomas took first place in the Welsh International Bank trials held at Garnffrwd on Sunday. Luke is through to the finals on the 15th February. We’re all very proud of you Luke – must be all that practice at Cwm Hedd!

More congratulations!
Brian Haynes from Pontypool was startled and ecstatic to find he had hooked the tag fish last Thursday. Although the pot was quite modest at £32, Brian was over the moon as he also won a day ticket voucher, saying that he never wins anything! Well done Brian.

Cwm Hedd Bridge

Bridge update
The new bridge is in place, but not quite ready for action, unless as hubs Chris put it you have “the leap of a gazelle”. It’s rather beautiful as well as being the means of transporting you to fishing heaven on the island. Thanks to Chris and son Tom for designing and constructing the bridge, with only a few tiffs on the way – the alpha male and the young buck resolved a few disagreements without descent into locking of horns. Martin Turner and David Burns helped to get the bridge onto the water and in situ.

Events and competitions –
Please help to promote the Welsh International Coaching Day at Cwm Hedd, on Saturday 21st February. As you know I only send out one e-mail a week, but his week I hope you will not mind me sending an extra e-mail about the forthcoming coaching event on 21st February, and that you will be kind enough to help promote the event by forwarding the event e-mail to as many friends and colleagues as possible as well as liking and sharing event posts and news on facebook and twitter. The event is a golden opportunity to learn from Wales’ top internationals so spread the word!

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, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail:


Iain Barr Bank Masters – sponsored by Airflo
I am very pleased to confirm that a heat for the above will take place at Cwm Hedd on 22nd March 2015. Visit for details on how to enter this prestigious event. In addition to the competition entry fee the Cwm Hedd ticket for the day will be £22.50 payable in advance, with a minimum of fifteen paid entries and fishing tickets required by 15th March. I will of course be including a free bacon sandwich, bread pud/cakes/tea coffee etc and mopping your brow if required during the day. I am relaxing the rules on fish to be released for the day, so it will be take the first fish and release up to 15, with the format as regards moving platforms and scoring etc available soon . We’ll be putting all this on the Cwm Hedd website and facebook in the next day or so.

Gwyn Williams Memorial competition
The date for the memorial competition will be Saturday May 16th. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship: release up to ten fish and take any one: the four anglers with the heaviest fish will win a day ticket each. If anyone would like to sponsor further prize/prizes then please let me know, but as those of you who saw last week’s e-mail will know, the aim is for this to be an informal comp with the emphasis on having a good day with friends. I have already had several anglers who want to put their names down, so will make a provisional list, but to be sure of a place get your entry and payment in when I’ve sorted the entry form and sponsor forms. Bacon sandwich etc included on the day: if the weather’s good there will also be a barbecue (will have to enlist hubs for this as I’m useless on this front).

I have today been catapulted further into the mad whirl of social media in the form of Twitter:, so feel free to tweet away folks using #cwmheddlakes.

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Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm) My best wishes to all of you, especially if you are not well or feeling sad. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Fly Fishing Video at Cwm Hedd


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 . Information is available at the lodge, on the event facebook page, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail: email:
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 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 or download at

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 Fly Fishing Report 13/07/14

Cwm Hedd Trout

What a difficult week! Anglers have found it nigh on impossible to even tempt the rainbows in the increased water temperature, with Sally-Ann Iles being one of the few to find modest success. Sal took one on a midge tip line and a size 14 mini cat off the main island, with a very slow retrieve and lost another that snapped her line. Dean Griffiths took one on a black buzzer and a floating line, Ken Bowring took two and Mike James took one on a daddy long legs.

I am mildly cheered by reports that conditions are equally difficult in most other fisheries. Those who go fishing just to get away from it all will have a good time. Tea, bonhomie and ice cream available at the lodge. If your day will be ruined if you don’t even get a knock, then stay home and do the garden or all the other DIY jobs you’ve been promising to do on your days off!

TAPP Open day free fly fishing coaching

There has been considerable interest in the open day being organised by Torfaen Angling Participation Project at Cwm Hedd on August 2nd. Free fly fishing coaching for anglers of all ages and abilities will be available on an informal basis. To register your interest please contact Bob Mayers on so that he can ensure that a sufficient number of coaches are available.

Poppy fish: British Legion Competition 16th November 2014. We can all look forward to good fishing weather for the November competition: £30 entry fee plus sponsorship.   Over a third of the places have already been taken, so early entry is advised. 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 7 am -9.45 pm: last admission 6pm (ring if you definitely want to come but can’t make it by 6). Tel 07813 143 034 anytime, or lodge: 01633 896854 during fly fishing opening hours.