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

Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Lots of pics on facebook https://www.facebook.com/cwmheddlakes

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